http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d8066dc65 This is one of the guys that I had pegged for the Pats in the last draft. I was surprised (as much as anything that happens on draft day can, anymore) when BB traded out instead of taking either him or Pozlusny with the second of the 1sts. It's interesting what Jon has to say about his workout with Belichick. He mentions that BB really stressed consistency. That he was demanding to the point that he was intimidating. Although the Pats chose not to draft Beason, the fact that Belichick personally spends the time scouting prospects like Beason at least demonstrates his willingness to draft rookie LBs in the first round. Too many fans and reporters think that he limits himself strictly to veterans at the position. I really don't think its a matter of veterans or rookies as much as it is the fact that BB is really really really picky in what he wants in a starting LB. Couple that with the fact that Beason looked great as a rookie, and didn't make the grade for the Pats braintrust, and you wonder what a college player looks like who fits the bill. (Reportedly Vilma was on Belichick's draft card when he came out) It also suggests, since its clearly so hard for BB/SP to find a LB they really like in the draft, once the Pats actually do finally find a blue chip LB who fits their profile, they might be willing to sell the farm to land him. Scarcity drives price. -=-=-=-=- In the end, I suppose this long ramble is all to support my theory that the Pats would be willing to trade up for Chris Long if they really see special talent in him, mental and physical.