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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

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A Different Spin on Greatest "D" Pick


In perusing through some of the posts written by my colleagues on the greatest defensive pick of all time, I've been consistently impressed by the range of players mentioned and the rationales for which the authors used to justify the selection.

Here is another take on it.

While I do not believe that Howie Long was the greatest defensive player I've ever seen. (That honor belongs to Lawrence Taylor), I do acknowledge that he was a truly spectacular selection, that, at the time, was questioned by many and I believe gives proof as to the genius that long characterized Al Davis' ownership of the Raiders.

Long, a defensive tackle drafted out of Villanova, is the lowest drafted defensive player enshrined into the Hall of Fame in the past 27 years. That fact, alone, impresses me. So too, does the fact that the Raiders were able to look past Long's lack of dominant size and athletic ability, relatively small school status and project him to defensive end, where, of course, he went on to star.

By Rob Rang  |  April 11, 2009; 5:26 PM ET  | Category:  Draft , Oakland Raiders Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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