David Long
[Patrick Barron]

Exit: David Long Comment Count

Seth January 2nd, 2019 at 3:36 PM

We think this is the last of this year's early NFL attrition, or at least the last of the expected type:

Long and returning battery mate Lavert Hill spent the last two years as the best corner pair in the country and the subject of nigh weekly Pro Football Focus tweets about the ludicrously low quarterback ratings of those who chose to throw the ball in their directions. Long fell behind due to his freshman injury and remained one of the least remarked stars in Michigan memory, but also edged out Hill in the tempo-free stats and charting. It will be hard to talk about one without the other next year, but getting either back is a grand coup.

As mentioned, Michigan does get back Lavert Hill as well as budding star Ambry Thomas and a very long line of super-tall guys they recruited in 2017 and 2018. As of now Vincent Gray and Myles Sims appear to have a slight lead on Ben St-Juste, Gemon Green, the incoming freshmen, and a safety or two who might move back outside.



January 2nd, 2019 at 3:47 PM ^

Not a shock but I do think it’s absolutely puzzling he didn’t even check where NFL scouts felt he would go, seems he was always gonna go pro after this year short of being a disaster. What if his grade would have shocked him with how low it was? Makes me think he didn’t even want to think about that possibility. Luckily for him, I still think he’s a second round pick. Absolute best of luck, it was awesome watching you play. I hope more elite California athletes follow his path.


January 2nd, 2019 at 4:06 PM ^

I don't think this is a Donovan Warren situation. Long has been dominant for two straight years. A third consecutive dominant year wasn't gonna help him that much. He doesn't have much left to prove in college. The combine and evaluation will tell us whether Long is in the same breath as Byron Murphy and DeAndre Baker. 


January 2nd, 2019 at 3:48 PM ^

I loved pulling long out of CA at the end of the 2016 class. He was a great player on the defense that would have started for just about every team in the country. I hope Jalen Perry can be this class’ David Long.


January 2nd, 2019 at 7:42 PM ^

Although one feeds off the other.


If our coverage seemed a bit weaker this year, it was because we didn’t get push up the middle of the DL, thus allowing QBs to step up into the pocket as Gary & Winovich flanked the OTs. 


OTOH, if  our back 4-5 can be really strong, it gives our young/mediocre DL the opportunity for “coverage sacks” if the QB can’t find anybody open because the WRs are wearing our DBs forever as the latest fashion trend. 


January 2nd, 2019 at 3:54 PM ^

It was a joy to watch you play in your time here.  Despite some angry fan reaction over the last several weeks, you and your teammates have built a solid foundation and a strong legacy for Michigan football, from which they can grow and expand into the future.  

Wolverine 73

January 2nd, 2019 at 3:55 PM ^

Wow, losing a lot of next year’s seniors to the league.  I always liked Long best of our corners, but there wasn’t much difference between him and Hill.  Teams seemed to avoid him more, I thought.  Both great players.  Happy to have one back, and best of luck to Long.


January 2nd, 2019 at 6:02 PM ^

Good player but go make your money.

At the rate he seems to need to come out of the game due to injury he may not be long for football



January 2nd, 2019 at 6:25 PM ^

Most boring corner ever. I love boring corners.

I'm not quite sure I agree with Ambry being labeled as a "budding star" as far as his DB responsibilities go as he didn't show that much in coverage during his limited reps. More like a fingers-crossed-please-please-be-as-productive-as-you-are-atheletic-star.


January 2nd, 2019 at 10:29 PM ^

Saw David play at Loyola in LA. 

Loved him going to M, wish him the best.

In 30 years I know most of these guys will long for their days at M. I just wish someone would make them realize that their Senior year at college is their most important.


January 3rd, 2019 at 1:19 AM ^

Glad for him. Would have loved him coming back - but he is very solid.

With both Hill and Long, the key will be learning how not to get called for the quick grab of the jersey off the line. NFL will flag that 50+% of the time. CFB it depended on which B1G crew we had.

Still...played the bowl game. Thank you for that. 

I also appreciated Zach doing the same but think HE was a guy who could have made more coming back next year (assuming JH perks up the O with a more prolific passing game). 


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