BC’s top draft pick is poised for a promising start
Star Boston College tight end Hunter Long was drafted this past weekend in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, and we can’t wait to see how he performs in the NFL under head coach, and fellow BC alum, Brian Flores. So we enlisted the help of our friend Kevin Nogle at The Phinsider to give us an idea of what the roster and scheme look like for the Dolphins and how Long will be fitting in this season and beyond.
How do you figure Hunter Long will slot into the TE depth chart right away?
This is a dream scenario for a player like Hunter Long. He doesn’t quite have the blocking skill set to be the guy in an NFL offense quite yet, but he’s a versatile player who can absolutely help out a team looking for variety in the passing game.
Are there noticeable skill gaps in the Dolphins’ TE group that Long may help with?
Does the Dolphins’ offensive scheme give any noticeable edges to pass-catching or run-blocking tight ends? How does the current TE group stack up in that scheme?
How would you grade Tua’s pass-catching weapons right now?
Sounds a lot like an offense that’s ready to take a step forward this season. Long won’t be facing a lot of pressure to perform right away due to the number of weapons now at the Dolphins’ disposal. But as a pretty low priority for opponent defenses, he may be able to perform under the radar and be an important cog in an offense ready to make some noise.
Anything I haven’t covered that could have an impact on Hunter Long’s fit with Miami?
The confidence Kevin has in Hunter Long’s fit with the Dolphins is very reassuring for Boston College fans! It very much sounds like Long is being set-up for success in a potentially potent offense that will give him time to develop into a great pass-catcher and contributor for a QB looking to establish chemistry with his receivers. All of us who have watched Long for the past 2 seasons know what a special pass-catcher he is, and it’s exciting that he’ll be getting a great opportunity in Miami to show off his skills.