You might’ve seen me react to the Hunter Long pick on our Draft Day live-stream (Hunter, if you’re reading this, don't look at the live-stream). I was a bit confused about the pick initially, because Miami needed a center and a running back at pick 81.
Then I took a look at what he did at Boston College, understood what exactly this Dolphins offense could look like with Long, and a light bulb went off in my head. See the thread below:
Let's take a look at Hunter Long’s measurables:
The numbers say he's a monster, and certainly it predicts elite measurables. We’ll get an article a little bit later on detailing how he fits in Miami and his traits as a TE.
In an initial press conference, we see the type of person Hunter Long is. Like our other college staff writers ( Carter Melrose, Brandon Ligouri, Tanner Elliott, Joey Mauriello) and I, he’s got his hobbies, such as solving a Rubik's Cube in under a minute. I don't know about you, but I can’t name anyone I know who can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute. Additionally, he was a computer science major at Boston college, which speaks to his intellect as a player and person.
Before suiting up for the Boston College Eagles, Long attended the prestigious boarding school Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. On 24/7 sports and ESPN rankings, he earned a two to three star recruiting ranking, despite being one of the top players in the state of Massachusetts. Long mostly received offers from FCS schools in the Northeast, but committed to BC, his only Power-Five offer.
Long was red-shirted his Freshman season, backed up former Bills TE Tommy Sweeney as a Sophomore, and became the starter in 2019. While Boston College was a run-oriented team, QB Phil Jurkovec took notice of the contested catches Long would routinely make. Long went on to lead BC with 509 yards on 28 catches and 2 scores. Long had an explosive season in 2020, as the offense changed into a vertical oriented scheme; furthermore, he led the team in receptions and was second in yards.
Coach Flores also played at Boston College, and this speaks volumes. Not only did he go to BC’s Pro Day because it’s his Alma Mater but also because of Hunter Long. Here’s what Long had to say about Boston College:
“The BC program is known as being a hard-nosed, tough program," Long said. "It breeds guys like Coach Flores. I went down (to the Senior Bowl) and was able to show what I could do and build connections with all of the coaches. I was able to talk with them throughout the week. It was an awesome week for me and obviously I built a great connection with them."
Indeed, the relationship was built between the organization and Hunter Long at the Senior Bowl. His teammates voted for him as the best practice player among the TE group on the National team, which was coached by the Miami Dolphins. Coach Flores called him tough, smart, and a team-first player, which is exactly the type of player he wants in the organization.
Check back soon as I detail my scouting report on Hunter Long.