Same thing was said about LaDuke and Tillman

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Posted by Big Ron on March 01, 21 at 13:46:11:

In Reply to: Doesn't have the wheels for safety... posted by cudevil on March 01, 21 at 11:31:24:

From 247sports -
Long is among the best athletes at the position nationally. He scored a 117.21 Nike Football Rating in May testing in Las Vegas, including a 4.69 electronically timed 40-yard dash, a blazingly fast 4.10 short shuttle run, a 35.2 inch vertical jump and a 40.0 powerball toss. His short shuttle, vertical jump and powerball toss are all 98 percentile or better scores among all testing athletes, not just quarterbacks.
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Compare Long at 6-2 210 running a 4.69 40 (and a great 4.10 shuttle) to 6-0 179 Larry Turner-Gooden running a 4.68 40. LaDuke had a 4.7+ 40. The Cardinals asked Snyder about a smallish slow Tillman. Snyder responded by telling them that if they were not serious about having Tillman on their roster, they should not draft him, because once he was on the field, they would not be able to get rid of him.

I know that there are more components to position speed - reaction time, field vision, fluid hip turn, etc - than just combine tests results. But I hate to see such a good athlete and student sitting on the bench to become a Lost Boy. Guys like Long seem to find a way to impact the game given a chance.

I admit he is a sentimental favorite of mine.

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