Offensive lineman Billy Price is one of the most intriguing prospects entering the NFL this year. The New York Giants are still keen on addressing their offensive line this offseason, and Price could fit the bill in the second-third round.
Price played center and guard in college, but when playing guard, his Ohio State team won the National Championship (2014). He started 15 games (three at left guard and 12 at right). This bodes well for the Giants who are search of a solid right guard to complement their new signings: Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh.
For the Buckeyes, Price started in 55 consecutive games to end his college career, which attests to his durability as a player. Despite the fact that the lineman tore his pec at the NFL combine which required surgery, his talent is obvious and should return to full health by the time training camp rolls around.
#OhioState Offensive Lineman Billy Price suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle yesterday while competing in the bench press at the #NFLCombine. Earlier today he talked about his diagnosis and what his mindset is now. pic.twitter.com/FoTTbKHEXy
— Marisa Contipelli (@marisarae19) March 2, 2018
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Price has immense strength at the point of attack, and his explosiveness off the line is unparalleled. He always reaches the point of attack first and plays with extraordinary quickness. He has very quick arms/hands and can stab at interior defensive lineman to throw them off balance. His core strength and balance is a huge plus making him one of the most dynamic lineman int he draft.
Really nice counter by Hurst to work a secondary plan of attack, but his LB gets bodied into him by Billy Price pic.twitter.com/H2fAGkpD9t
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) February 26, 2018
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He often is caught biting too much and doesn’t have the patience to sit back and let his opponent come to him. He lunges and finds him self off balance and easily beat by fast lineman. His footwork is a little shady and must be worked on at the professional level. He needs to find balance with his play and become more of an intelligent player, rather than a physical one.
Watch Billy Price recover pic.twitter.com/mp02HnI5Gy
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) February 22, 2018
Price should be able to hand NFL power right away. His strength and power are a great attribute, and if he can piece together the rest of his game he should develop nicely at the next level.