Trade scenario III: David Long Jr.
It appears that the LA Rams secondary has settled into a configuration of Jalen Ramsey, Robert Rochell, and Donte Deayon for now. And so far, that secondary configuration has been a very opportunistic group, generating five interceptions in the past two games, and seven interceptions over the past three games.
Not coincidentally, the use of David Long Jr. has declined dramatically over the past three games.
I’m not here to bash Long. He is a talented and young cornerback who likely has a promising NFL future ahead of him. Unfortunately, he is not showing his ultimate potential and production as a member of the Rams secondary.
The Rams use a great deal of flexibility in the secondary as the team mixes and match Jalen Ramsey up with various receivers. That requires the remaining players to be equally adept at lining up against the remaining receivers. Long is not fast enough to be effective in doing so and had been burned by faster receivers who simply get a better position on him and beat him down the field.
David Long Jr. would have a better showing in a traditional slot cornerback role. If the Rams were to trade him, the team could save another $850,000 (per OverTheCap.com) which is incredibly affordable. If the Rams placed Long on the trade block, they could net a solid draft pick as compensation for their trouble.