By: Chip Turner
Hunter Long might be drafted higher than many pundits expect, for one specific reason: He’s exactly what a lot of NFL teams are looking for right now. He’s a big, solid in-line blocker who can also release off the line and run routes well across the middle of the field.
Long had a solid 2020, with 57 catches for 685 yards and five TDs. While he doesn’t stand head and shoulders above the crowd at any one thing, he’s very good at almost everything. Solid hands, good route running, good blocking, and decent speed. For a large-bodied tight end entering the NFL, these are very good things.