April 27, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Outland Trophy winner Rien Long became the second Washington State player taken in the 2003 NFL Draft, as the Tennessee Titans made him the 29th pick of the fourth round Sunday.
Long, a 6-6, 302-pound defensive tackle, racked up 13 quarterback sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in 2002, earning ESPN and Associated Press first team All-American honors. The Anacortes, Wash., native capped his junior season by winning the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's premier interior lineman.
All-American Cougar cornerback Marcus Trufant was drafted in the first round with the 11th pick overall by Seattle. Trufant and Long represent the third and fourth defensive players taken in the top four rounds of the draft over the last two years. Linebacker Raonall Smith and free safety Lamont Thompson were both second round picks in 2002.