Apparently Dan Snyder is a fan of Huskers football. Following Spencer Long‘s season-ending injury, there was an near-consensus that his draft stock would take a major hit. Long himself was advised he may not even be drafted.
Before his injury, he was a first-team All-Big Ten lock and much like Stanley Jean-Baptiste, was an easy bet to be selected day two of the NFL Draft at the latest. Afterwards, everything was up in the air. Even my third and fourth round projections seemed optimistic.
The Washington Redskins selected offensive tackle Moses Morgan from Virginia with the second pick of the third round, working to address offensive line issues. Nebraska fans believed in Spencer Long, the man believed in himself and now we know that others do, too.
Only 12 picks later, the Redskins kept their Husker pipeline alive by snagging Long with the No. 78 pick overall.
The road to recovery hasn’t been easy and there’s still a ways to go. However, the Huskers’ former mauler has what looks like a bright future in the NFL. Some talent scouts earned their paychecks on this one.
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