His frame could definitely hold more weight, as Long tips the scales at 6-6 and 303 pounds. But he does have the bubble butt build that could help solidify his anchor. What would be more beneficial than anything would be to work on his initial punch in order to stun defenders in their tracks.
His hand technique is not the most refined, but definitely has potential. At left tackle, he did an effective job of using his left hand to punch the outside shoulder to slow the edge rush. His quick feet and ability to stay balanced with leverage kept defenders from bending the corner or using counter moves. Again, however, he was susceptible to the bull rush, which would be less severe if he could stun the defender and kill the bull rush momentum at initial contact.
Still, with Alexander being one of the best offensive line coaches in the league, a raw project like Long could be maximized in a shorter time period. That could nullify Long’s advanced age and keep him from becoming the Brandon Weeden of the offensive line.
But, if Long is available in the third or fourth round, he is someone that the Bengals could and should seriously consider. We will take a look in the upcoming weeks at a few more mid-round gems for Cincinnati to consider.