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Marino | Ohio State OL Billy Price is a powerful and refined blocker

NOV 05 Nebraska at Ohio State
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Marino | Ohio State OL Billy Price is a powerful and refined blocker

Ohio State offensive lineman Billy Price enters his senior season amid a streak of 41 consecutive starts and barring injury will break Luke Fickell’s previous school record of starts and consecutive starts of 50. From an experience and resume perspective, Price emphatically checks those boxes while performing at a high level on the field. It’s early in the process but Price has the makings of a high pick as an interior offensive lineman.

All of these clips are brought to you by Krossover, NDT Scouting’s film partner for the 2018 NFL Draft season.

Price is one of the 99 seniors that Jon Ledyard, Kyle Crabbs and I are showcasing this summer as part of our NDT Scouting Premium services.

His full assessment is available but as with all of our works at NDT Scouting, we hope to continue to be transparent in our process.

Let’s examine what specific traits indicate how Price wins and what makes him in contention to be the first interior offensive lineman drafted next spring. The following clips/scouting notes highlight those areas.

This first rep highlights his power, mobility and mental processing skills to diagnose and shut down the stunt. He strikes the defensive tackle with enough power to force him to widen his rush and then springs back inside to close down the A-gap where the very athletic Taco Charlton was attacking. He stonewalls Charlton in a situation where he was on an island. That’s not easy to do for most interior blockers but Price makes it look simple.

Price is nasty blocker who looks to finish and bury his opponents. This rep is a prime example of that where simply tosses the defensive lineman aside. This is made possible because of the power he generates when he uncoils and thrusts his hips. This is the power and mentality I’m looking for in offensive lineman.

Price plays with outstanding technique which can be seen on this rep, particularly with his hands. His initial strike is powerful and shuts down the initial move. The defensive lineman then counters and Price does well to reset his hands. Winning with inside hand placement is vital in successful offensive line play. Price gets it.

Let’s get back to how powerful Price is and how well he finishes. Functioning as the pulling blocker that leads into the hole, Price completely uproots and buries the linebacker that was attempting to plug the gap. Price imposes his will on opponents and is the aggressor.

One thing I appreciate is how well Price does to square his hips when pass blocking and fan out to force the rusher to widen his angle. Usually when this happens, Price rides them wide and makes them a complete non-factor on the rep. On this play, he takes care of his man and creates a throwing lane for his quarterback to complete the third down conversion.

Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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