Feet - Patience, balanced and always square in press reps. Fluid footwork and he doesn’t often commit false steps or unnecessarily bubble his transitions. Has the foot quickness to match steps and remain sticky.
Man Coverage - Love his ability to anticipate route breaks and stay in phase. Does well to leverage routes and set roadblocks. Clean foot work, clean transitions and route anticipation skills make it difficult to separate.
Tackling - Played a ton of man coverage and he rarely ever allowed a completion or was around the play on run downs. Has positive instances of him on film aiming low and wrapping up.
IQ/Awareness - Terrific feel in man coverage for pattern matching. Never appears tardy to find the football in the air when he is tested. Coverage spacing in zone and trusting his landmarks is apparent.
Physicality - Love how aggressive he is in the contact window to weaponize his hands and crowd receivers. Willing to take on block on the perimeter and funnel runs back inside to the pursuit. Adequate tackler.
Ball Skills - Wasn’t often tested in coverage but has shown the ability to play through the hands of the receiver when he is targeted. Picks up the ball down the field and makes good adjustments.
Press Technique - Love how he stays balanced, patient and within the frame of the receiver. Functions with terrific leverage and he has redirect pop in his hands. Good lateral mobility to set roadblocks regardless of the angle taken by his opponent.
Flexibility - More fluid and smooth than he is twitchy but his transitions and change of direction ability is clean. Likable able to pivot and hinge his hips. Understands economy of motion when transitioning.
Versatility - Has the upside to play inside or outside and excels in press man coverage. Doesn’t have ideal length for zone coverage but his spacing is sound. Adequate run defender who understands his fit.
BEST TRAIT - Press Coverage
WORST TRAIT - Size
RED FLAGS - None
A two-year starter for Michigan, Long was a shutdown corner for the Wolverines. Rarely tested and even more infrequently beaten in coverage, Long dominates in press coverage and features superb pattern matching skills. While he doesn’t have ideal length, Long is savvy in zone coverage and clearly grasps spacing. Long offers the versatility to play outside or from the slot in a variety of techniques. Long has the upside to be a top-three corner early in his career and enjoy a productive career.
Round Grade - Late Day Two/Early Day Three