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Former walk-ons aren't drafted all too often, but Long should get scooped up in the later rounds and might have been picked a lot sooner at this time last year if he had left Nebraska. He was coming off a junior season in which he started all 14 games at right guard, playing through a torn meniscus en route to all-Big Ten honors and being named a second-team All-American. Six games into his senior campaign, though, Long tore his right MCL against Purdue and had to undergo season-ending surgery. The injury kept him from working out at the combine, and he couldn't even do the bench press because of an appendectomy. Long was able to do 28 reps at Nebraska's pro day, however, showing off the brute strength which had helped make him one of the country's top offensive linemen. Long's ambition, intelligence and intensity make him appealing, as do his good frame and base which make him terrific in small spaces in the run game and protecting the passer. However, his lack of superior athleticism makes him deficient at the second level, pulling to block and trying to fend off quicker linemen or linebackers. Still, Long is a dirty-work type player which coaches often love to have, and the former Cornhuskers co-captain shows the ability to lead. Having the biggest hands of any offensive lineman at the combine also doesn't hurt his cause.