A two-year starter at Pittsburgh, Price lined up primarily in a three-point stance at left and right defensive end in Pitts 4-3 base defense and was one of the most productive pass rushers in college football the past two seasons. He leaves the program tied with Aaron Donald for fourth on the schools all-time sacks list (29.5).
Originally committed to Ohio State as part of the 2011 recruiting class, Price requested to be released from his letter of intent following Jim Tressels resignation in May 2011. He decided to stay close to home and signed with Pitt, starting five games as a true freshman and posting 27 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks. After sitting out the 2012 season due to injury, Price returned in 2013 and recorded 4.0 tackles for loss over four starts before a new injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. He rehabbed and returned to the field, but another injury forced him to miss the entire 2014 season. Price stayed healthy in 2015 and started all 13 games, leading the team with 19.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks to earn First Team All-ACC honors. He was granted a medical hardship waiver and returned to Pitt for the sixth season in 2016, setting career-bests with 23.0 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks and three forced fumbles to earn First Team All-ACC and multiple All-American honors.
With his initial quickness, explosive hands and unforgiving motor, he lived in the backfield in college (51.1% of his tackles in 2016 were behind the line of scrimmage), but his size dimensions lead to NFL transition and fit concerns. Although he lacks the skill-set to be an every-down player at the next level, Price has the pass rush ability to be a subpackage edge rusher and poor mans Elvis Dumervil.
STRENGTHS: Naturally low pad level to gain leverage and get underneath blockers. Fires out of his stance to run the arc or knife through gaps. Lateral quickness and body control to shake blockers in space. Explosive off the edge to dip and win the corner, forcing the quarterback to move from his spot. Sharp cutting ability to make 90-degree turns without slowing down. Eyes are always trained on the ball. Recognition skills to sniff out plays and not fooled by much. Powerful hands to fight off jabs and keep himself free. Hunting motor doesnt have an off switch and wastes little time attacking the pocket. Competes with the same fight each snap despite rarely coming off the field the past two seasons. Voted a senior captain. Elite production the past two seasons, ranking No. 2 in the FBS with 23.0 tackles for loss in 2016. Blocked two PATs.
WEAKNESSES: Tweener frame with below average measurements. Lacks the arm length to get free once blockers swallow him up. Too easily stonewalled when blockers keep him square. Lacks the field range to move to an off-ball linebacker role full-time. Only average pursuit speed. Overaggressive and loses control on tackle attempts. Pass rush based more on persistence than planning. Older prospect and already 24-years old. Bright red flags with his medical history, missing almost three full seasons due to injury shelved for the 2012 season due to a right pectoral injury (April 2012); missed most of the 2013 season after injuring his back (Oct. 2013); missed all of the 2014 season after surgery on his left pectoral (July 2014).
Career Defensive Stats