Chris Long's place among 2008 top picks

Chris Long's new four-year extension with the St. Louis Rams puts him in strong company among top NFL draft choices from the 2008 class.

Long joins New England's Jerod Mayo as players among the top 10 choices to re-sign with their drafting teams. That group was pretty strong overall, as the chart indicates. A few more players, notably Jake Long and Matt Ryan, figure to cash in at some point in the not-too-distant future.

That the Rams and Patriots moved quickly to get deals done reflects well on Long and Mayo. They're young, rising players to build around.

2008 NFL Draft: Contract Statuses for Top 10 Picks