Hunter Long is a pleasant sleeper tight finish

2021 Boston College Eagles NFL draft candidate Hunter # 80 (Photo by Nell Redmond-Pool / Getty Images)

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Boston College tight-end Hunter is a 2021 NFL draft candidate to watch

Florida’s Kyle Pitts is the top tight end candidate in the 2021 NFL Draft Class, and Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth and Miami’s Brevin Jordan are widely considered to be the closest tight ends behind him. Other than that, Boston College’s Hunter has been fantastic this season and should be seen as a threat to those top 3.

Long is a 6 foot 5, 253 pound tight end that has been a major player for Boston College for the past few seasons. He had 28 receptions for 509 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games last season and backed that up with 57 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games during the 2020 season.

The Boston College product is an impact tight end prospect that is valuable to their team as both a receiver and a blocker. He’s a solid distance runner who can make room in the middle of the field, tracks the ball well in the air, and shows soft hands.

Long is also a sturdy and physical ball carrier that does well after the catch. He’s never mistaken for an elite athlete in the tight finishing position, but Long moves well enough to clear space from defense and get to the top quickly.

As a blocker, Long shows impressive natural strength at the point of attack and solid natural grip strength. He can physically overwhelm some edge defenders, understands his responsibility in the lightning shot and attacks the second level on a high level. Make no mistake, Long can tackle the next level as an inline tight end.

Anyone is unlikely to touch Pitts as the top tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft class. That being said, Long should be under discussion for the next two or three places after him. Make no mistake, this guy is a rock solid player who will be able to instantly influence the team that calls him up.

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