As the 2010 NFL Draft quickly approaches, all eyes are on the top defensive linemen, who include Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh, Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy, and Tennessee's Dan Williams; but one name that keeps getting lost in the mix is UCLA's Brian Price.
According to press material received from Price's agent, he may be one of the biggest steals of the draft based solely on his abilities, and the fact that he is projected as a late first round or early second round pick.
Price's versatility on the line has many teams talking, since he can play either defensive end in a 3-4 defense or tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
At 6'1" and 303 pounds, Price is the perfect fit for either of the two positions.
Not only does Price have a good size for playing in both defensive schemes, but he is surprisingly quick off the line and his strength rivals that of both Suh and McCoy.
During the NFL Combine, Price bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times, compared to only 32 times by Suh, 27 times by Williams, and 24 times by McCoy.
Price is 20 years old, while to Suh is 23 and McCoy is 22. This means that Price has more time to learn and develop, and could possibly become even better than both, since he has youth on his side.
Another plus on Price's side is that he did not have the benefit of playing next to other top talent players as did Suh and McCoy at their respective schools.
Also according to his press release, Price managed to amass many tackles for loss in only 20 games played, with 44.5.
Suh, who played in 53 college games, had 56 tackles for loss.
McCoy, who played in 40 games, had 33.
Williams, who played in 45 games, had 25.
And even Penn State's Jared Odrick, who played in 46 games, had 24.5 tackles for loss.
These numbers show that in less games, Price was more disruptive than all these other top defensive linemen, minus Suh.
That's very promising for any NFL team who is looking to create disruption for opposing teams' offenses.
Despite the lack of buzz in articles online regarding Price, he could very well be a heck of a lineman in the NFL due to his ability to disrupt, his quickness, and his strength. He will make one lucky NFL team very happy when they call out Price's name sometime on draft day.
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