A dozen University of Virginia football players worked out for NFL scouts, coaches, and executives Tuesday.
The program's most familiar face spent the early part of the day as a spectator, having already worked out at the combine. But when Chris Long did work out, he did it as an outside linebacker, not at defensive end.
"People start talking, you hear, 'hey, you could play some linebacker in the league,' so I said okay, let's work on it a little bit," he said. "Coach Groh and I had about five sessions to practice and it's been pretty easy stuff to pick up."
The last two weeks, Long and Groh have worked out together, with the coach, who's molded some pretty good linebackers in his time, heaping his knowledge of the position on one of his favorite players.
"For everything he's done for us and for our team, whatever we can do for him we'll always be ready to do it. Plus, this was a lot of fun to do some hands on coaching," said Groh.
How did Long handle the linebacker drills?
"Very naturally," said Groh. "It's as if he's been doing it for most of his career."
Long's draft stock has never been higher. He's listed as the top pick almost any place you look. He also drew pretty high praise Tuesday from some pretty big names.
"Can't go wrong with a player like this," said St Louis Rams Head Coach Scott Linehan. "He's got an unbelievable amount of football ability and his character on top of that is unbelievable. So when you get that kind of package, you're looking at a guy that is going to impact a team right away."