Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Dolphins select TE Hunter Long with 81st pick

With the 81st pick in the NFL Draft the Dolphins shocked pretty much everyone by selecting Boston College TE Hunter Long. The 2-year starter is a complete tight end and was on the Dolphins roster at the Senior Bowl. With 89 receptions in his three years as an Eagle, Long gained 1,295 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Playing 622 receiving snaps and 726 blocking snaps over his time in college, Long is one of the most balanced tight ends on the roster. Durham Smythe is out of contract at the end of 2021 and Long may be seen as his long term replacement, or the Dolphins may be looking to play more 12 personnel. Hunter Long adds a lot of flexibility to the Dolphins alignments and gives them another very good blocking option.

HUNTER LONG IS AN ALL ROUND TIGHT END

Draft Network had this to say about Hunter Long, “In 2020, Long led all tight ends in college football with 89 targets, 22 more than the second-most targeted tight end. Long led the nation with 57 receptions and collected 685 receiving yards with five touchdowns. He was featured heavily in the Boston College offense and he delivered. Long is a sound route-runner with good hands and sufficient ball skills. He’s a versatile option that is experienced blocking and running routes from a variety of alignments within the offense.

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