6’2” 302 lbs.
Strengths: Explosiveness, hand and foot speed, and work ethic.
Weaknesses: Does not have ideal height.
This year’s crop of defensive tackles is as good and deep as any other in recent memory. The prize of the entire draft class seems to unanimously be Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, but a few other guys are right behind him. With his decision to skip his senior season UCLA’s Brian Price is now officially one of those guys too.
When scouting him the first thing that jumps out at you is his production behind the line of scrimmage, being fourth in the entire NCAA in tackles for a loss in 2009 with 23.5. On film he dominates the line of scrimmage by using his raw strength and quickness to penetrate through blocking schemes. Once in the backfield he wreaks havoc, punishing ball-carriers and passers alike.
As a true freshman in 2007 he made an immediate impact with five starts, recording 14 tackles and seven tackles for a loss.
In 2008 he was a First Team Pac-10 selection, recording 35 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 9.5 tackles for a loss.
In 2009 he was a First Team All-American selection, recording 41 solo tackles, seven assist, seven sacks, one pass defended, and two forced fumbles.
Price reminds some scouts of Warren Sapp. He is a stump who is hard to move, keeping his pads low, using leverage, and never stopping moving his feet, fighting his way to the ball. He can beat a blocker with a number of different moves or by simply throwing the guy out of the way. He also makes good reads, with the ability to sniff out screens before they develop.
Price (6’2”) does not have the height of some of the other tackle prospects, such as Suh (6’4”), Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy (6’4”), or Alabama’s Terrence Cody (6’5”) but many tackles of his stature have been very productive in the NFL. Some of the qualities that he does possess, which make him a player that other players want on their side, are simply immeasurable.
Price’s forty time at the NFL Scouting Combine will not be too important, even though he is expected to run well for a 300 pounder. The measurable traits that most scouts will be looking at are his bench reps and quickness in positional drills.
His interaction with coaches and with other prospects will be heavily evaluated as scouts try to weigh his natural leadership abilities as well. At UCLA he was known to be a great teammate and a leader in the locker room.
At this point Price looks to be a legitimate top-15 pick. It would take a disastrous off-season to drop him down out of the top 20. If he proves himself to be in excellent shape and really impresses teams in his interviews then he could jump up into the top 5. He is the type of player that teams fall in love with very easily.
UCLA Career Stats:
- 86 Tackles
- 12.5 Sacks
- 5 Forced Fumbles
- 3 Passes Defended
- One Interception
- One QB Hurry