Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Kyle Crabbs
Name: Billy Price
Position: Offensive Line
College: Ohio State
High School: Fitch (Ohio)
Games Played: 41
Games Started: 41
Team Captain: Yes
Production: Not available for offensive linemen.
High School: Four-star recruit. AP co-defensive player of they year for Ohio in 2012. All-State selection. Competed for state championship in discuss, shot put and weight throw.
College: 2014-Academic All-Big Ten. 2015-Third Team All-Big Ten. 2016-First Team All-American and Big Ten.
Games watched: Pennsylvania State (2016), Michigan (2016), Clemson (2016)
Strengths: Has a strong base; works with balanced feet and is not a liability with initial get off at the line of scrimmage as a result. Possesses an ideal frame as well; has the lower body strength to drop the hips against bull rushes and sustain ground. Has methodical steps once engaged in drive block situations; likable level of activity to sustain balance and footwork as a means of staying framed on defenders. Is at best when engaged head up with defenders as both rushers and run defenders. Plays with great motor and with the intent to “find work” as a pass protector when left unoccupied to pick off rushers who may be preoccupied with other blockers in protection.
Weaknesses: Has shown some trouble moving laterally to mirror in space or when pressured with stunts. Can also be guilty of tunnel vision when having to pass off stunts at the point of attack, will be late to peel back and fails to get feet and hips situated in front of defender. Hand fits can be haphazard in stretches and would like to see a greater effectiveness in controlled defenders away from his frame. Does not appear to perform as well in lateral blocking situations or schemes; can get outrun to the spot and fail to seal with consistency.
Summary: Ohio State’s Billy Price has functional skills to play as a starting Right Guard at the NFL level, although at this juncture I’m not especially sold that he’s a universal prospect. Many of Price’s best reps come in man to man situations or as a drive blocker; he loses much of his effectiveness and stickiness when tasked with moving laterally.
That lack of appeal to all types of offenses is the root cause of his projected forecast prior to his final season in Columbus. So while teams that run into the boundary a great deal and task their linemen with working into the boundary on tough cutoff blocks may shy away from Billy Price, teams that play forward and like to have interior linemen working head up on defenders and in tight spaces will be much more prone to gravitate towards him.
He doesn’t show the same nasty demeanor as Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson, but Price is a tough player with a great motor and looks to finish through the whistle consistency. Showing greater consistency in some of his steeper angled blocks is the key to hip optimizing his Draft value this spring.
Predicted Value Range: Early Day 3 Range