Rams make slam-dunk pick in Long?

Sporting News.com’s Dennis Dillon thinks the Rams’ choice of defensive end Chris Long was the absolutely right decision over LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

But in the end, the Rams said it was a slam-dunk. A no-brainer. No difference of opinion at all. And so they selected Long with the No 2. overall pick in the NFL draft.

It was a smart choice. And it was the right choice.

Dorsey is a solid tackle who could become a force in the middle for the Chiefs, who took him with the fifth pick. But Long satisfied a bigger, more immediate need for the Rams: an outside pass rusher who can also stop the run.

“At the end of the day, Chris was really what the doctor ordered,” said coach Scott Linehan.

And boy does St. Louis need an RX for its anemic pass rush. Of their 31 sacks in 2007, ends accounted for only five, including a total of three and a half from starters James Hall (two and a half) and Leonard Little (one).

Dorsey would have been an outstanding pick for the Rams too, but something that shouldn’t be overlooked is that with the selection of Long, the team now can keep 2007 first round pick Adam Carriker at defensive tackle, instead of moving him back outside (he played DE in college) to make room for Dorsey. Plus Long appears to be a great kid and if he’s anything like his father, he’s going to have a very long, productive NFL career.

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