ILB David Long
Final rookie grade: C+
With the team’s final selection of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected David Long out of the University of West Virginia. One of the reasons why Long fell according to many of the scouts was due to the fact that he is relatively undersized.
The former West Virginia linebacker stands at 5-foot-11 and only weighs 225 pounds, measurable’s that you don’t often see from a middle linebacker. However, Long pairs that stature with an aggressive mindset that often makes up for the size deficiency.
Throughout the 2019 campaign, Long showed a willingness to lay the hammer on an opponent when given the opportunity to do so. Long played well on special teams and didn’t seem overwhelmed whenever his number was called on defense.
Long displayed a ton of raw and intriguing potential during his rookie campaign. If he can continue to develop under a very strong inside linebacker group, Long has a chance to eventually become another diamond in the rough that Jon Robinson seemingly finds every single year.
Long finished his rookie campaign with 15 total tackles, one pass deflection, and one forced fumble.