PROS: Has a dangerous first step, able to collapse the pocket and make plays in the backfield. Does a good job in pursuit vs. the run, chasing down ballcarriers. Has lots of power and flashes potential as a dominant bull rusher. Shows a decent swim move. Can make the stop at the point and hard to block one on one.
CONS: Spends way too much time on the ground, has poor balance. Loses leverage too often against the blocker. Tends to use his shoulder when bull rushing rather than hands. Doesn't use his hands very well for the most part as a pass rusher. Gets pancaked too often. Will get engulfed by double teams. Needs to improve his motor. DOesn't break down well once he's in the backfield, so he'll miss some stops.
OVERVIEW: Price is a boom/bust prospect that flashes dominance as a 3-technique tackle during games, but other times looks bad. Had 7 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss as a junior.
NFL FORECAST: Price is one of those players that has all the potential in the world. And if he lives up to it, he'll be a dominant pass rusher and disruptor at the next level. In that regard, he reminds me a lot of Kris Jenkins during his Carolina days. But at the same time, there are a lot of red flags about him. His technique is raw, and he doesn't play with good balance, and he doesn't have a great motor. All of those indicate that there's probably just as much a chance that he never gets off the bench and is a career backup and underachiever in the mold of Ryan Sims. I think if he's brought along a bit slowly, starting off as a reserve and then working his way into the starting lineup, he can be fine. He played mostly in the 3-technique and wasn't that effective the few times he played end in a 3-man front. So I think a big part of his success will be playing that same role at the next level. I think a team that tries to employ him as a player that they put all over the line will be disappointed. I think down the road, he could eventually develop into a capable nose tackle just like Jenkins did. He's the classic type of player that puts on weight as his career goes on, just like Jenkins, Jamal Williams, and others have done. Again, he can be a dominant player, but I think he'll be up and down quite a bit during his career. If he's well-coached and not rushed into things, I think he'll stand a much better chance. But he should go to a team where he'll have another solid defensive tackle to help mentor him rather than going to a team where he'll be asked to do it all in the middle.
ATL FORECAST: Price could be a good player here in Atlanta, but he doesn't have the ideal versatility to play across the line (at least initially) like hte Falcons like. But at the very least early in his career, he should make a nice rotational player that can be a disruptive presence and spell Babineaux and Jerry on passing downs. Down the road, he could develop the more well-rounded game where he could be a disruptive playmaker. But he's not really a high motor player, and because of it I'm not sure he'll surpass Jerry or Babineaux on the depth chart, who both play with a high motor. But he should make the best No. 3 defensive tackle in the league.
VALUE: There is a buyer's beware with Price. He definitely has the pure talent to be a Top 15 pick if you look only at the positives. But when you throw in the negatives, it probably makes him more in line with early second round talent. Splitting the difference and being a mid-to-late first round pick would not be a reach for a team that plans to use him as a 3-technique guy only at first.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
POINT OF ATTACK: 3.5
PASS RUSH: 3.5
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