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With his NFL pedigree and exceptional athleticism for an offensive lineman, Long appears to be a lock for an early-round selection on draft day. Long is the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long and brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long. A former draft pick as a pitcher by the Chicago White Sox, Long originally signed on to play baseball at Florida State before academic issues and a DUI arrest led to his transfer to Saddleback Junior College in 2010. At Saddleback, Long returned to football and played both defensive end and on the offensive line over his two seasons. He played his only season of Division I football after signing with Oregon in 2012. Since his petition for another year of eligibility was denied, Long heads to the next level with limited experience at the FBS level. Still, he has impressed scouts with his big, physical frame, long arms and outstanding footwork. He also has tremendous lateral mobility and displayed straight-line speed by ranking third among offensive linemen with a 4.94 40-yard dash at the scouting combine. Even after missing a few workouts because of the flu, Long put together a solid performance in the Senior Bowl and could become the first Oregon offensive lineman to be selected as high as the second round since Max Unger in 2009. However, some scouts question how much Long was protected in the Ducks' quick-hitting offensive scheme. Despite his inexperience, scouts believe Long has the tools to warrant an early-round consideration and the team willing to gamble on his significant upside could be rewarded.