Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina (HT: 5’10⅝”; WT: 200 lbs.)
Seventh Round: 225th Pick
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- Thick, muscular frame that should help with his durability in the NFL. Price was able to play in all but four games during his time at North Carolina, and his reliability helped him develop and build trust from his coaches.
- Good straight-line speed helps him recover from any mistakes that happen in coverage. He often made tackles downfield, limiting the impact of the mistakes of teammates.
- Closes quickly on the ball or receiver and delivers a punishing hit that can force incompletions.
- Has an aggressive, physical approach in all phases of the game. Coaches will love his nastiness, especially on special teams. He isn’t a dirty player in any fashion, but he plays hard and through the whistle.
- Mostly an off-zone and catch-man cornerback, allowing him to watch the quarterback and react to the ball. This coverage helps reduce the impact of his lack of height because he doesn’t have to utilize length as much.
- Very comfortable making plays at the line of scrimmage, which could lead to a position change to safety. He attacks the ball-carrier well, especially for a cornerback.
- Excellent motor that sets a precedent for his teammates. When trying to set a roster, he is hard to overlook because of his on-field leadership.
- Doesn’t overpursue running lanes because he keeps his head up and eyes on everything going on in the play. Again, this is more of a safety quality and should help Price at the NFL level.
- Great amount of experience in a conference filled with NFL-quality athletes. He enters the NFL with polish and poise.
- Short-area speed is good, but his lateral quickness is very average. He isn’t a sudden athlete and tested better as a distance runner than short shuttle runner. Since most routes he will defend are short area, his speed isn’t unique or hard to replace.
- Lacks the height and length to be a press-man threat, and struggles with big, physical receivers.
- Has little experience playing in the slot, and since he is a smaller boundary cornerback, his value to teams will dip. The minimum height for some teams is at least 5’11”.
- Stiff hips in open space leads to bad angles when chasing ball-carriers. Zone coverage helped hide his below-average ability to turn and run with receivers, but this is difficult to hide at the NFL level.
- Needs to be more aggressive when defending underneath routes. Since he has trouble exploding out of cuts, he seems to be conservative on routes under 10 yards, and he cannot allow himself to be picked on like that.
- All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2013.
- Former 3-star recruit from Pompano Beach, Fla.
- Exercise and sport science major, graduating this spring.
Jabari Price joins an incredibly deep group of cornerbacks, but doesn’t have many differentiating factors. His skill set will likely keep him in the NFL on an active roster as a depth player, but he’s going to need some luck and continue developing his technique and instincts to become a consistent contributor.
Draft Projection: Seventh Round