NASHVILLE – West Virginia linebacker David Long was a productive player in college, and he hopes to do the same in the NFL – with the Titans.
The Titans selected Long in the sixth round (No. 188) of the NFL Draft.
He figures being coached by former NFL linebacker and current head coach Mike Vrabel will help.
“Being able to be coached by Mike Vrabel,” Long said, “that’s a great thing to be a part of. I got to know more about him during the Senior Bowl because I had a formal (interview) with the Titans, and to see the way he looks at film, he is really straightforward and is the type of coach who is going to look to make you better, and that’s what I look forward to.”
Long (5-11, 223) played in 34 career games with 31 starts with the Mountaineers, including 12 starts in 2018.
Vrabel likes his style.
“The guy is an instinctive football player,” Vrabel said of Long. “He loves football, has proven to be a good special teams player.”
Long earned All-America second-team honors by the Associated Press and was a Butkus Award semifinalist after leading West Virginia with 111 tackles, averaging 9.3 per game. He also led the team in sacks (18) and tackles for a loss (19).
In his three seasons at West Virginia, Long tallied 169 tackles with 14 sacks and 40 tackles for a loss.
“Just a really, really productive player,” General Manager Jon Robinson said of Long.
Long said he likes the way the Titans play defense, and he’s ready to do his part.
“I will bring a lot of energy, a lot of instinct, and a lot of play-making ability I would say,” Long said. “My play style, I would describe it as instinctive with speed. Just being a part of the (Titans) organization and scheme, I am fired up about it.”
The Tennessee Titans select West Virginia linebacker David Long in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. (Photos: AP, Georgia)