Unless my eyes deceive me, Brian Price is nowhere close to a first round pick. An undersized player without great tools, Price would have to pop off the tape to earn first round consideration. Maybe I am watching a particularly poor half for Price, I never offer these as definitive only detailed, but he not only doesn't pop off the tape, he displays some scouting red flags. Flags for scouting and 285 and seemingly fully grown is no way to make an impact in the NFL. Price isn't broad and rangy but built a bit like a cylinder. He looks like mini-Bane, but with much less bulk in his legs and butt, and still 20 pounds lighter than the slimmed down and inferior Brandon Mebane that played three-tech for Seattle last season. I'll address his scouting red flags in my next post. But before I start with that, what is a realistic projection for Price? He's not Tommie Harris. If he can't bulk up and he's not an elite athlete, Craig Terrill? John Randle? Amobi Okoye?
(Washington recovers a fumbled kick return)
1.1st and 10 at UCLA 30 Jake Locker pass incomplete.
RDT, 1-tech. Trademark bull, a rare swim move and then Price is stonewalled.
2. 2nd and 10 at UCLA 30 Jake Locker pass complete to Johri Fogerson for 10 yards to the UCLA 20 for a 1ST down.
RDT, 1-tech. Lukewarm burst, which is kind of novel after a relentless bull attack, and Price is again stonewalled.
3. 1st and 10 at UCLA 20 Chris Polk rush for 1 yard to the UCLA 19.
RDT, 1-tech. Burst, control, rides Drew Schaefer* towards Polk, sticks an arm out but can't close. Polk trips over a downed lineman and falls through Price's arm. I wonder if he was awarded the tackle?
*How many offensive linemen does UW use?
4. 2nd and 9 at UCLA 19 Jake Locker pass incomplete.
RDT, 1-tech. Price is double teamed and moved right. Locker rolls to his right and away from Price. Price does not factor.
5. 3rd and 9 at UCLA 19 Jake Locker pass complete to Talia Crichton for 7 yards to the UCLA 12.
RDT, 1-tech. Bulls back Ryan Tolar, separates but does not factor.
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I do not typically record special-teams plays, but this one deserves attention. Price is pushed somewhat late, very minor, but Price seeks out the offender and pushes him well after the field goal is converted. Personal foul, 15. The FSN commentators fail to mention this -- at all, but the cameraman is on the job and trains the camera on Price. Apart from some walking, we see Price doubled over on the sideline. End shot.