Position: Defensive Tackle
Projected 40-Time: 4.90
Star Rating: Grade: 90
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Price is an explosive interior presence who plays with leverage and is a backfield terror. He generates a quick burst off the line, uses his hands extremely well and is able to blade through blockers with his wide array of moves. He’s a technician who can also bull rush the opposition and penetrate the pocket to disrupt the action. He’s strong at the point of attack, does a good job of disengaging from blocks and can be a factor against the run. He receives a lot of attention inside and is able to fight off double teams with his strong hands and upper-body strength. He patrols his area very well and displays the lateral agility to make plays down the line of scrimmage. He’s overcome a lot in his life (two brothers were shot and killed, as he grew up in South Central, Los Angeles) and has turned negative forces into a positive outlook.
Weaknesses: He lacks ideal size for an interior lineman. He doesn’t play with balance and spends a lot of time on the ground. He struggles against larger interior blockers and doesn’t initiate contact consistently due to his short arms. He plays with an inconsistent motor and doesn’t give maximum effort following the action downfield.Steuber Says: A two-year starter at UCLA, Price decided to forego his senior year after a breakthrough junior campaign where he recorded 48 tackles, 23.5 for a loss and seven sacks. At just 6-foot-1, 300 pounds, Price is an undersized defender who uses his size to his advantage to get underneath the opposition, gain leverage and create havoc in the backfield. Price’s game will remind many of former USC and current Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson. Patterson was a late first round selection (31st overall), and while Price will receive consideration in the mid-first round, his lack of size will likely force him to the backend of the opening frame. Price could go as high as No. 15 to the New York Giants, but will likely slip, and if that were to happen, teams that could show interest are the Tennessee Titans (No. 17), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 21), Arizona Cardinals (No. 26), Minnesota Vikings (No. 30), Indianapolis Colts (No. 31) and New Orleans Saints (No. 32).
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