Hunter Long to the Dolphins: A Tight End With a Solid Production Profile

Long was a productive college player the past two seasons. Will he carve out a role in Miami's passing attack?

With the 81st pick in the draft, the Miami Dolphins took tight end Hunter Long.

Long had back-to-back productive seasons at Boston College in 2019 and 2020. He went for 28 catches, 509 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. This past season, he upped his output to 57 grabs, 685 yards and five scores. The 57 receptions in 2020 were the most among all Division-I tight ends.

Miami has now added Will Fuller, Jaylen Waddle and Long this offseason as pass-game weapons for Tua Tagovailoa.

What type of prospect are the Dolphins getting in Long?

Player Comparisons

Brandon Gdula's draft database has found these 10 prior prospects to have the most similar statistical profiles to xxxxx. Keep in mind that these are based not on play style or traits but age, athleticism, draft equity, experience, efficiency, and production.

Hunter Long Profile ComparisonsSimilarity
Pat Freiermuth92.5%
Kahale Warring90.8%
Austin Hooper90.2%
Hunter Henry89.1%
Mark Andrews88.8%
Jace Amaro87.6%
Michael Egnew86.9%
Rob Housler86.2%
Brevin Jordan85.6%
Clive Walford85.5%

Gdula's Take: Long has a lot of green in his profile in terms of efficiency and production, which leads to some of the better comparisons on this list. As a three-star recruit and with just okay athleticism, he won't turn into a star tight end for fantasy footballers but could have relevancy if he generates a big enough target share.

Betting on the Dolphins

On FanDuel Sportsbook, Miami is listed at +3000 to win the Super Bowl and +320 to win the AFC East, and they have a win total projection of 8.5 -- with -150 on the over -- on FOX Bet.