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: Joe Marino
Name: Billy Price
Position: Offensive Line
College: Ohio State
High School: Fitch (Ohio)
Games Played: 41
Games Started: 41
Team Captain: Yes
Production: N/A for offensive lineman
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.
Strengths: Has natural strength that allows him to exchange power in the trenches and move bodies. Has a powerful punch that he couples with strong leg drive to open running lanes. Plays with controlled aggression. Dominant finisher that plays through the whistle. Has the grip strength to steer and sustain blocks.
Effective pulling and working into space with good timing. Works his body into proper positioning to seal running lanes. Always looks for and finds work when uncovered.
Smooth pass blocker that plays with good bend and posture. Times his punch well and works his hands fit throughout every rep. Has the foot speed to slide his feet and shut down gaps. Has no issues redirecting his weight. Easily absorbs contacts and sets proper pocket depth. Anchors and leverages his hips well. Recognizes and cleanly takes away stunts. Outstanding football intelligence to diagnose pressure packages and execute his responsibility within the play concept.
Weaknesses: It’s a minor gripe but he can get grabby and hands will widen on occasion.
Summary: Ohio State offensive lineman is amid a 41 consecutive game started streak and barring injury, will break Luke Fickell’s school record for starts and consecutive starts of 50.
His experience shows up when evaluating his tape where his outstanding technique and apparent football intelligence shine.
A dominant run blocker, Price has the overall play strength to create significant movement in the running game and open up lanes. He is an outstanding finisher who looks to pancake opponent and plays through the whistles. His punch, hip roll and leg drive working in unison often puts defensive lineman on skates.
As a pass blocker, Price demonstrates the mobility to slide his feet, mirror rushers and close down gaps. His powerful punch stymies pass rushers and jolts pads to bring their rush to a halt. He does well to work his hand fits, play with proper bend, remain balanced and maintain his technique.
Price should be in the mix to be the first interior offensive lineman drafted next spring.
Predicted Value Range: First Round