PRO: The Titans selected David Long Jr. in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-11-inch, 227-pound defender possesses tremendous speed for the position, displays grit and toughness and has a knack for finding the ball carrier. At West Virginia, he was a three-year starter and amassed 252 career tackles, 14 sacks and 40 tackles for loss. The 2018 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year led the Mountaineers in tackles during his final collegiate campaign.
• As a junior in 2018, Long Jr. was selected Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches and the Associated Press. He also received second-team All-America honors by the Associated Press and first-team All-Big 12 accolades by the Associated Press.
• David’s father, David Sr., is a former professional boxer who went 12-5-2 as a heavyweight. He once fought future world champ Deontay Wilder.
• During the offseason, Long still uses on-the-bell, three-minute-round boxing training to focus on his mental awareness. In 2018, Long Jr. went into the ring with headgear against his old man for the first time. They went for three 90-second rounds. “He busted up my lip, but it was fun,” Long Jr. says. “He was really iffy that I knew how to throw my hands for real. It was just jabs, but it’s grown-man strength.”
• Long was a high school teammate of safety Mike Edwards, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
• When Long was seven years old, he was on the back of a bike being pedaled by his older brother when he was hit by a car driven by someone who was not paying attention. He was treated at the hospital with head and arm injuries.
• The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was selected by the Titans in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.
• During a three-year career at West Virginia, played in 34 games with 31 starts and totaled 252 tackles, 14 sacks and 40 career tackles for loss which tied for third place on West Virginia’s all-time list. In his final campaign in 2018, tied for the single-season program record with 19 tackles for loss.
AS A JUNIOR (2018), started all 12 games at Will linebacker and named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches and the Associated Press. Garnered second-team All-America honors by the Associated Press and first-team All-Big 12 first-team accolades by the Associated Press. Led the team with 111 tackles, eight sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Finished with 10 or more tackles in six games.
• Against Kansas State (9/22), tallied eight solo stops, including two sacks.
• Against Texas Tech (9/29), registered season-highs with 15 total tackles.
• Against Baylor (10/25), posted seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.
• At Texas (11/3), registered 10 or more tackles for the fifth time in 2018, including a stop for loss and a sack.
• Against Texas Christian (11/10), collected six tackles, including four tackles for loss and three sacks.
• Against Syracuse (12/28), finished with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops and assisted on a tackle for loss in the Camping World Bowl.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2017), started nine games at Will linebacker after missing the first four games after sustaining preseason knee injury. Was the team’s third-leading tackler with 76 stops, including four sacks, a team-best 16.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and a fumble recovery. Selected All-Big 12 Conference first team by ESPN, All-Big 12 Conference second team by Athlon Sports and All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention by the Coaches. Also named WVU Defensive Player of the Year.
• Against Oklahoma State (10/28), tallied a school-record seven tackles for loss, the second-most in the NCAA. Tallied a career-high 18 tackles, the second-most in a single game in the Big 12.
• At Kansas State (11/11), recorded 12 total tackles, including two tackles for loss and his first career sack.
• Against Utah (12/26), notched a career-high three sacks and finished with six total tackles.
AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2016), played in 13 games with 10 starts and notched 65 tackles, two sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
• Against Kansas State (10/1), made his first career start and had a tackle for a loss of six yards to go along with three solo tackles.
• At Texas (11/12), posed a then career-best 10 tackles with his second career sack for a loss of four yards.
• Against Miami (12/28), finished with a then career-high 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
AS A FRESHMAN (2105), redshirted.
• Graduated in December 2018 with a multidisciplinary studies degree from West Virginia.
• Attended Winton Woods (Cincinnati, Ohio) High School and finished his career with 283 career tackles, six sacks and six interceptions.
• Selected Associated Press All-Ohio Division II honorable mention and Associated Press Southwest All-District First Team Division II linebacker.
• As a senior, tallied 110 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and three sacks.
• As a junior, totaled 88 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery
• As a sophomore, registered 81 tackles, a sack, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
• List of favorites: (TV show) “All American”; (movies) “Remember the Titans”; (musician) Lil Wayne; (meal) pasta; (dessert) lemon cake; (childhood sports team) LeBron James’ teams - Cavaliers and Heat; and (hidden talent) Beatboxing.
• Follow Long on Twitter at @DavidLong.
• Follow Long on Instagram at @davidlongjr.
• Born David Lamont Long Jr. on Oct. 12, 1996 in Cincinnati, Ohio.