Originally Posted by spacecrime
Any thoughts on Jack Long?
He's a big OT, with some mobility, but does he have enough mobility for NE's new zone-blocking scheme?
I'd say "maybe". Really, I need to see some of his mobility test this offseason.
I've thought he looked better in a power running offensive attack, but he's also been effective in zone-blocking schemes. I don't think he has the mobility of a D'Brick or other recent prospects, but he's a very good pass blocker, and as I said, he's shown at least some mobility.
Going by the type of guys NE has drafted at OT I could see them pulling the trigger (in a second), but we also have to consider NE could be working their way into a smaller quicker Zone-Blocking O-line over the next few seasons.
The other question is what could be one of the most important things for NE to accomplish going forward? Surely one answer to that question would be to protect Tom Brady. Well, Jake is a very good pass blocker, and would help upgrade NE's protection in multiple ways. Drafting Jake would allow NE to move Matt Light over to RT, strengthening both OT spots at the same time, as NE would then have Kaczur as a backup to Light, instead of counting on him to start.
I'll also say that If NE's going to select anyone in the top 4-5 my money is on his being a linemen.