Ejuan Price EDGE - Scouting Profile
Bio: The rare six-year college athlete, injuries waylaid an exciting start to Price’s career, delaying the NFL arrival of an intriguing, albeit unique, young pass rusher. After beginning his career as a linebacker, Price suffered a chest injury that forced him to redshirt the 2012 season, and then a back injury closed out his third year after just six games. Price’s comeback bid was thwarted for yet another season when a second pectoral injury caused him to miss his second full campaign. With his college career and NFL future seemingly in doubt, Price erupted back onto the scene in 2015, starting all 13 games at defensive end and finishing the season with 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles-for-loss. After being granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, Price continued to build an impressive two-year resume, recording 13 sacks and 23 tackles-for-loss while again starting every game for the Panthers. … Price graduated in 2015 with a degree in communication and is now pursuing a second major in administration of justice. … A three-star recruit (Rivals) coming out of high school, Price was committed to play at Ohio State before Jim Tressel’s resignation pushed him to reconsider, eventually settling on his hometown option of Pitt.
Class: Redshirt Senior (6th year)
Height: 5-11 ⅜”
Arm: 32 ¾”
Week 1 Age: 24
40 Yard Dash: 4.84
10 Yard Split: 1.66
Bench Press: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 31 ½”
Broad Jump: 9’9”
20-yard Short Shuttle: 4.34
Significant Medical History:
Missed the entire 2012 and 2014 seasons with pectoral muscle injuries. Suffered a season-ending back injury in 2013 that ended his campaign after just six games.
2016: Virginia Tech, at North Carolina, at Miami, at Clemson
Explosive first step to get a good jump off the ball. … Times his hip flips well to press offensive tackle’s outside shoulder and create a more direct line to the pocket. … Can run under punches and rip through contact because of lower center of gravity. … Very little wasted movement, maintains eye level on the ball, and will spin to re-direct back to pocket. … Keeps his shoulders square upfield until his 3rd/4th step to offer minimal strike surface area to opponent. … Active hands at the top of the arc. Rips and swats create the softer edge he needs. … Nasty outside and inside spins against quick sets or as a counter move. … Stays leveraged in the run game and doesn’t get pushed around. … Keeps his hands active to slip through gaps against the run. … Instinctive enough to make plays in the backfield with his first step and agility in space.
Much shorter than the average edge defender, with short arms. Despite built-in leverage, packs very little punch as a speed-to-power rusher. … Short strider up the arc who could struggle to corner against more athletic/longer offensive tackles. … Puts a shoulder into blockers and struggles to disengage and finish. … Isn’t an elite athlete who can win on natural tools alone. … Needs to add more stutter-steps to his edge rushes to foil tackles footwork. … Runs out of steam and will have totally ineffective stretches, conditioning could be an issue. … Struggles to get off of blocks in the run game because he lacks the length to keep blockers off his frame. … At times gets caught upfield when unblocked and kicked out. … Not built to hold his ground against down blocks on the corner. … Unorthodox stance with right foot always back, regardless of right or left side alignment. In a three-point stance, typically the inside foot is back and allows for maximum explosion into contact/rush. … 24-year-old rookie with a significant injury history.
Price’s scheme fit may ultimately come down to his role more than anything. At Pitt he played out of a three-point stance, typically as a 6 technique defensive end, but in the NFL he might project better to outside linebacker. He’s a decent athlete with the range to get from the core of the formation to the sideline, and he could benefit as an outside shaded defender on the last man on the line of scrimmage. Best guess however? Price is a situational pass rusher early in his career, meaning he probably works from a three-point stance more often than not.
One- to Three-Year Projection:
Price’s pro tenure is likely to begin as a rotational pass rush specialist in most defenses, which in today’s NFL likely carries decent value. He’s a good cornering pass rusher who will give taller tackles fits with his low center of gravity and ability to rip under contact. Price was often doubled and chipped off the edge as Pitt’s top defensive threat, but in the NFL it’s unlikely he faces the same level of attention. But the six-year collegian is probably decently maxed out as a burly edge without a high athletic ceiling or the ability to ever be a stout run defender who can work off of blocks efficiently. Price will have value in situational play as a third edge for a team that can kick a base end inside on passing downs, but may be cemented as a rotational piece for most of his career if he can’t be a consistent edge-setting run defender in the NFL.
ITP Round Grade: 4th Round
ITP Grade 1/3 Year Projections: 5.0AHM/5.0AHM (5.0 equates to Role Player – Niche Traits, Typically High Floor – Low Ceiling)
A=Age (Player is 2 years older than average 1st-time starter at NFL position)
H=Height (Player under 50th percentile for NFL position)
M=Medical (Documented medical concerns)