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Name: Billy Price (+) Coming off 03/01/18 Shoulder INJ
College: Ohio State     Number: 54
Height: 6-4   Weight: 305
Position: C  Pos2: OG  Class/Draft Year: rSr/2018
40 Low: 5.08
  40 Time: 5.19
   40 High: 5.38

Projected Round: 2-3      Stock: 
Rated number 3 out of 58 C's     72 / 2197 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6036
Weight: 305

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No Workout/Pec INJ During Bench

Dates: 03/22/18
Hand: 09 3/4  Arm: 32
Wingspan: 75 1/4

Height: 6036
Weight: 305

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 5.19  No Workout-Pectoral
 Data Scout Notes: 2018: (+) Coming off 03/01/18 Shoulder INJ/NFL Combine Bench Drill...**2017: OLOYC/1stC...2016: 1stC...POutland...2015: 3rdC/HMM
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  Billy Price
Ohio State Buckeyes
Center
6-3, 312, 5.19, #54
Austintown, Ohio
Fitch High School


 Update

  03/06/2018: C Billy Price, projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle sustained during last week's NFL Scouting Combine. Recovery time is estimated at four months, so he is expected to be able to participate in training camp for the team that selects him.

03/02/2018: Ohio State interior offensive lineman Billy Price, considered a mid-first round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, said Friday he suffered only an "incomplete pec tear" while doing the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine. Price stopped after three repetitions on Thursday, grimacing in obvious discomfort and reaching toward his left shoulder. He said he received results of an MRI exam on Friday morning. "Looking at the MRI results, we were able to see a little bit of an issue, nothing that's going to force me to miss time at all," he said at a media interview in Indianapolis. "I'll be fine for the season going forward and I should be fine going into training camp."
Oh, it's huge. You look at guys who have a complete pec tear. I have no bruising, which is huge for me. I woke up this morning and looked down there like, 'Thank God,'. Yeah, I'm definitely happy. It's definitely something minor. It's not something that's going to make me lose time or impact me going forward in the season."
That said, he did add that he would seek a second opinion by no later than the end of the weekend and that surgery remains an option. He said surgery would require a four-month rehab, according to the Indianapolis Colts doctors. -- The Sports Xchange.

03/01/2018: One of the top offensive line prospects in this year's NFL Draft apparently suffered an injury during the Scouting Combine on Thursday in Indianapolis. Ohio State center Billy Price appeared to injure his left shoulder during bench presses. He stopped his bench press after a few repetitions, and walked away while grabbing his left shoulder and pectoral area. The severity of the injury has not been determined. Price ranks as the 16th-best prospect overall by NFLDraftScout. The 312-pound Price also played both guard positions during his time at Ohio State. - The Sports Xchange

02/28/2018; At NFL Combine: Interior OL Measures Up to Expectations: Billy Price, a two-time All-American, also came up a bit short in the measurements with just 32-inch arms and a 75 1/4-inch wingspan, the smallest of any offensive linemen measured Wednesday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


12-7-17: Already voted the Big Ten's Offensive Lineman of the Year, Price was recognized as the nation's top center December 7, earning the Rimington Trophy. The two-time first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer led an offensive line that powered the Buckeyes to national rankings of No. 6 in total offense, No. 5 in scoring, No. 15 rushing, No. 28 in passing, No. 1 in first downs and No. 5 in third down percentage.


 Overview

  There may not be a player in the 2018 NFL draft with a more impressive resume than Price.

With the Buckeyes boasting a who's who of NFL prospects along the offensive line when he signed in 2013, Ohio State understandably redshirted Price in his first season on campus. He earned a starting role at guard in the season opener for the eventual national champions and never looked back, rotating between right guard, left guard and center for the next 54 consecutive games.

His first three starts came at right guard in 2014 before he switched to the left side for the final 12 games of Ohio State's run to the title. Price remained on the left side the next two seasons, earning Third Team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches in 2015 before ascending to First Team accolades as a redshirt junior. Media was even higher on his play, recognizing Price as an All-American at left guard while senior Pat Elflein earned the same honors (along with the Rimington Trophy and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year) at center.

With Elflein moving on to the Minnesota Vikings via a second round pick, Urban Meyer made the unusual decision to move his reigning All-American to a different position. Of course, Meyer knew that Price, a team captain who had practiced at center since the spring of 2014, could likely handle the move and was already being projected there by NFL scouts.

As good as Price was at guard earlier in his career, he may have been even better at center in 2017. The unquestioned leader of Ohio State's offensive line, he deserves a great deal of credit for a squad that led the country in first downs and ranked fifth overall in scoring through the regular season despite a less-than-consistent passing attack. He joined Elflein and 2016 first round pick Taylor Decker (Detroit Lions) as Ohio State's third consecutive Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Needless to say, scouts can check a lot of boxes with Price. He boasts a prototypical build and mentality for the interior, along with quickness, balance and power. Price's square-ish frame and high football I.Q. project best to center at the next level but his ability to slide to either guard position if needed could be the factor which helps him continue another impressive streak at Ohio State - of producing at least one top 50 selection each year since 2012.

BACKGROUND
Price was the Associated Press's 2012 Division I co-defensive player of the year in the state of Ohio (along with Ohio State teammates Gareon Conley and Tracy Sprinkle) and a first-team all-state pick. He was a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, Scout) after splitting his time between offensive and defensive line in high school, earning first-team all-state as a junior at defensive tackle when he recorded 40 tackles with three sacks, 10 TFLs and an interception. Placed seventh in the discus at the 2012 Ohio outdoor state track and field meet after placing sixth in the shot and second in the weight throw indoors. Price graduated in May 2017 with his degree in business administration with a specialization in operations management.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Built like he was born to play center with a compact, square-ish frame, including excellent weight distribution. Possesses a powerful lower body with a big bubble, fire hydrants for limbs and a vice-like grip which help him physically maul opponents.

Terrific power to create a surge in the running game, jolting opponents with his initial punch and extending his arms - literally bench-pressing opponents at the point of attack - while keeping his legs driving to finish the block. Very good initial quickness and lateral agility for a center, often snapping the ball and escaping laterally to flank the tackles and provide athletic quarterback J.T. Barrett the moving pocket from which he thrives.

Good snap to pop quickness, showing terrific hand-eye coordination to complete the exchange and deliver a forceful punch to the defensive tackle in one fluid motion. Good lateral agility and awareness in pass protection. Technically sound in pass protection with excellent awareness, keeping his head on a swivel to help teammates. Plays on the balls of his feet and with his knees bent, showing excellent core strength and flexibility to anchor.

Plays with an almost defensive mentality, actively searching for someone to hit and pursuing blocks several yards downfield. Had a couple of plays on tape in which he blocked three different defenders in the rivalry game against Michigan... - Rob Rang 12/16/2017

WEAKNESSES
Sometimes looks to do too much, switching off to hit a secondary target before finishing the first. Comes in hard and low when blocking at the second level, leaving himself a bit vulnerable to swim moves. Can get anxious and off-balance in space, occasionally slipping at the point of attack by attempting to mirror and latch onto quicker defenders rather than getting simply getting a good shove in... Some errant shotgun snaps on tape (Michigan, 2017) - Rob Rang 12/16/2017

COMPARES TO: Hall of Famer Mike Webster, Steelers. Physically speaking, the 6-3, 312-pound Price might be closer to another Pittsburgh Hall of Fame center, Dermontti Dawson (6-2, 288) than the 6-1, 255 pound Webster. In terms of grit and durability, however, Price is the college version of Webster, who played in every game for 10 consecutive seasons in Pittsburgh, earning the captain role nine times.

IN OUR VIEW: The Price is right with this ultra-safe interior lineman, an All-American at left guard (2016) and center (2017), two-time team captain and a veteran of an Ohio State record 54 career starts, including the 2018 Cotton Bowl showdown with Southern Cal. Smart, powerful and athletic enough to handle any of the three interior roles, it wouldn't be surprising to see Price earn a first round selection.


 Career Notes

  Price, a senior academically and a junior in eligibility, is set to start at offensive guard for a third consecutive season … a fine athlete for his size and widely regarded as the strongest player on the team, Price was selected as a third-team all-Big Ten performer last year by the league’s coaches and he will be in line for even greater accolades this season … he has played in every game the past two seasons and started 28 consecutive games, including all 15 games during the Buckeyes national championship season of 2014 when he earned freshman All-America honors … he has the honor of being named an “Iron Buckeye” award winner, which is awarded to six players bi-annually for unquestioned physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership … Price is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in operations management … he was named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad in 2014 … and he is coming off a productive summer: he travelled to Jamaica in May as part of the Athletic Department’s Soles4Souls program, immersing himself in the Jamaican culture while being exposed to the impact on a community that giving a pair of shoes to those in need can have … and in July he spent a week interning at the headquarters of NIKE, in Beaverton, Ore.

 2017 Season

  12/17/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Center Billy Price, Ohio State,...Price, , repeats as a first-team honoree on both ballots. Price, who is from Austintown, Ohio, near Youngstown, has started a school-record 53 consecutive games. - Ohio State Football

12/07/17 - 2017 RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD WINNER: The two-time first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer leads an offensive line that has powered the Buckeyes to national rankings of No. 6 in total offense, No. 5 in scoring, No. 15 rushing, No. 28 in passing, No. 1 in first downs and No. 5 in third down percentage.

Price is from Austintown, Ohio, and has already graduated with his degree in business administration with a specialization in operation's management. He was a first-team All-American in 2016 by the American Football Coaches Association and a strong candidate for additional All-America honors this year after already having been selected a mid-season All-American by the Associated Press.

He is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition and he was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy. -


11/30/17 - 2017 BIG TEN RIMINGTON-PACE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Billy Price, Ohio State...Billy Price, the four-year starting offensive lineman for the Buckeyes who converted to center this season after three seasons as a guard, was named today as the Big Ten Conference's Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year. Price, a two-time first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, has been the leader of an Ohio State line that features two other first-team performers - left tackle Jamarco Jones and left guard Michael Jordan - and a third team honoree in right tackle Isaiah Prince. This group has powered the Buckeyes to national rankings of No. 4 in total offense, No. 5 in scoring and No. 13 rushing. The team is No. 1 in the Big Ten in all those categories and No. 2 in passing.
A first-team All-American in 2016 by the American Football Coaches Association, Price is a strong candidate for additional All-America honors this year after already having been selected a mid-season All-American by the Associated Press. He is one of the favorites for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's top center, and he is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. He was also a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy. The two-time team captain has set the Ohio State school record with 53 consecutive starts. He is the third consecutive Buckeye to win the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year award, after Taylor Decker in 2015 and Pat Elflein last year. - Ohio State Football


 2016 Season

  In his third year as a starter at offensive guard ... AFCA First Team All-America and Second Team by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports ... First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media ... helped Ohio State set a school record with 776 yards of total offense in the win over Bowling Green ... part of an offensive line that has helped Ohio State lead the Big Ten in total offense.

 2015 Season

  Price started every game for the second consecutive season, 13 in all for the 12-1 Buckeyes … he was part of an offensive line unit that helped Ohio State lead the Big Ten in rushing at 245.2 yards per game and finish second in scoring and third in total offense … the Buckeyes had three 300-yard rushing games, including a season-best 369 yards vs. Michigan which ranks as the most yards gained rushing by Ohio State ever vs. Michigan … Price was named third-team all-Big Ten by the conference coaches and honorable mention all-Big Ten by the media.

 2014 Season

  After a red-shirt season in 2013, Price stepped into the starting lineup at one of the guard positions and proceeded to start all 15 games at guard for the College Football Playoff national champions ... and this was after spending much of the 2014 spring season practicing at center ... Price started the first three games of the season at right guard and then moved to left guard, where started the final 12 games ... his play improved considerably as he gained experience and as the season wore on, and he was credited with making key blocks for critical touchdowns in crucial games: by J.T. Barrett vs. Penn State and Ezekiel Elliott vs. Alabama ... Price was named a second-team freshman All-America by both Phil Steele and Athlon's ... his play helped the Buckeyes rank ninth nationally with 264.4 rushing yards per game.

 High School

  Price was the Associated Press’s 2012 Division I co-defensive player of the year in the state of Ohio (along with teammates Gareon Conley and Tracy Sprinkle) and a first-team all-state pick … a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, Scout) … rated among the top 200 players on the Rivals 250 and a member of the ESPN 300, Price was the third Buckeye to commit to the Class of 2013 with his decision coming Feb. 13, 2012 … rated as the No. 17 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports and No. 21 by Scout … helped Fitch to a 9-2 record in 2012 and to the state playoffs … also helped Fitch to the state playoffs in 2010 with a 10-2 record and again in 2011 … was named first-team all-state as a junior when he recorded 40 tackles with three sacks, 10 TFLs and an interception … coached by Phil Annarella … placed seventh in the discus at the 2012 Ohio outdoor state track and field meet after placing sixth in the shot and second in the weight throw indoors.

 Personal

  Is the son of Bill Price and Pam & Dave Lescsak … has two younger siblings: Savannah and Andrew.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
04/23/18 - C Billy Price, who suffered a pectoral injury at the Scouting Combine, said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday that he has made a lot of progress in his recovery and has regained full range of motion. The former Ohio State star said his recovery is to the point that he is bench-pressing 10-pound dumbbells for the first time since suffering the injury. During the Combine Price suffered a partially torn pectoral while doing the bench press. Surgery was required to repair the injury. Price, who can also play guard, was projected as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com before the injury, but is now listed as the third-ranked center prospect and the No. 72 prospect overall. NFLDraftScout.com projects he will be taken in the second or third round.
03/06/18 - C Billy Price, projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle sustained during last week's NFL Scouting Combine, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Price is rated the top center prospect in the draft and the No. 17 prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com. Whether the surgery will affect his draft status remains to be seen. Recovery time is estimated at four months, so he is expected to be able to participate in training camp for the team that selects him.
03/02/18 - Ohio State interior offensive lineman Billy Price, considered a mid-first round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, said Friday he suffered only an "incomplete pec tear" while doing the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine. Price stopped after three repetitions on Thursday, grimacing in obvious discomfort and reaching toward his left shoulder. He said he received results of an MRI exam on Friday morning. "Looking at the MRI results, we were able to see a little bit of an issue, nothing that's going to force me to miss time at all," he said at a media interview in Indianapolis. "I'll be fine for the season going forward and I should be fine going into training camp." That was quite a relief for Price, ranked 16th overall by NFLDraftScout.com. "Oh, it's huge. You look at guys who have a complete pec tear. I have no bruising, which is huge for me. I woke up this morning and looked down there like, 'Thank God,'" he said. "No bruising, no issues in that sense. Yeah, I'm definitely happy. It's definitely something minor. It's not something that's going to make me lose time or impact me going forward in the season."

That said, he did add that he would seek a second opinion by no later than the end of the weekend and that surgery remains a potential option. He said surgery would require a four-month rehab, according to the Indianapolis Colts doctors. Price is projected to go 12th overall to the Cincinnati Bengals in a mock draft by NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang. Price was an All-American at left guard in 2016 before earning the same honors in 2017 as a center. Price said he had met with 19 teams over three days at the Combine, feeling that he "put my best foot forward." He said he was unsure how the setback would affect his draft stock. "Playing 55 games at Ohio State, the resume and the body of work is there," Price said. - The Sports Xchange

03/01/18 - One of the top offensive line prospects in this year's NFL Draft apparently suffered an injury during the Scouting Combine on Thursday in Indianapolis. Multiple media outlets reported that Ohio State center Billy Price appeared to injure his left shoulder during bench presses. He stopped his bench press after a few repetitions, and walked away while grabbing his left shoulder and pectoral area. The severity of the injury has not been determined. Price, a first-team All-American and the Rimington Trophy winner as the best center in college football, is ranked as the top center prospect in the draft and the 16th-best prospect overall by NFLDraftScout, which projects him as a first-round draft pick. The 312-pound Price also played both guard positions during his time at Ohio State. - The Sports Xchange
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Interior OL Measures Up to Expectations: Billy Price, a two-time All-American, also came up a bit short in the measurements with just 32-inch arms and a 75 1/4-inch wingspan, the smallest of any offensive linemen measured Wednesday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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