NFL Draft Spotlight: Taylor Price, WR, Ohio

by Cory J. Bonini on April 7, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


One very intriguing prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft is a standout from the unheralded Ohio University. Wide receiver Taylor Price brings a smooth blend of talents to the table. The senior wideout finished his career with a 784-yard, five-touchdown season for the Bobcats. 

Strengths

  • Decent size: 6-foot-1, 204 pounds
  • Impressive lateral agility
  • Excellent first step to gain separation
  • Strong enough to beat press coverage
  • Above-average body control
  • Sharp route-running skills
  • Great yards-after-catch threat
  • Good hands: makes tough catches look easy
  • Speed: 4.40 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine
  • Of high character
  • Competitive but quiet - allows his play to do the talking

Weaknesses

  • Not very productive
  • Despite being willing, getting in the way is his best method of blocking
  • Relies more on athleticism than football abilities

Expected draft placement

Price was likely held back statistically by the erratic play of quarterback Theo Scott in 2009. If he couldn't excel at a lesser school, how will he be able to step up in the pros? There seems to be two camps when it comes to Price: 1) He's going to be a great player and a steal. 2) He's another over-hyped, small-school flash player. We're somewhere in the middle, unfortunately.

Having the speed, route-running ability and soft hands, Price is closer to being a success than a failure. However, some players simply never put it all together at the next level. Expect Price to be taken in the third or fourth round.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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