With the No. 21 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals picked center Billy Price out of Ohio State. The Buckeye will stay in his home state for the next chapter of his career, which isn’t entirely surprising given the Bengals interest in the center throughout the draft process.
So, why should you be excited the Bengals drafted Price? We’ve got you covered:
1.Price was the best center in college football last season
Following Pat Elflein’s historic Ohio State career, Price moved over from his three-year stint at guard to the very important center position, and the offense did not skip a beat. Urban Meyer is borderline obsessed with having an elite center and all Price did was win the Rimington Trophy during his one and only season at the position. Ohio State’s power run scheme is dictated by having a good center, and Price was the best in the nation all season.
2. He’s versatile
We just told you how great of a center Price is, but in reality, he was an excellent guard for his first three seasons. After switching from the defensive side of the ball during his freshman season, Price turned heads right away and won the starting guard spot as a redshirt freshman. He was a rock on Ohio State’s 2014 national title team that saw Ezekiel Elliott rack up 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground during that season. Price was instrumental in the bruising ground game and dominated a talented Alabama defensive line to the tune of 281 rushing yards.
3. The consummate professional
A two-time captain, Price earned and was given the respect of his teammates and coaches. He was a two-time All-American and also tied Elflein’s school record for consecutive starts with 55. He’s a player who not only shows up everyday, but he does his job with such perfection that he will be a Day 1 starter and have a long, successful career. It’s hard to see it any other way with Price.
4. Gritty and Hardworking
Hailing from the gritty city of Youngstown, OH, it’s no coincidence that he’s one of the hardest working players in the history of the Ohio State program. He’s so meticulous about his work and puts the time into his craft, both in the film room and the weight room. He mauls his opponent with his lethal combination of his strength and pissed-off attitude.
Check out the video below in this really interesting film session, where one can tell he’s the most prepared offensive lineman around. It sounds like he could run an entire offensive film study as a stand-in head coach.
During the duration of Price’s school-record 55 straight starts, his team went 49-6, including a national title and a perfect 4-0 record against Michigan. Price anchored an offensive line that finished top 20 in rushing during all four seasons and produced multiple 1,000 yard rushers. Price is about as ‘can’t miss’ as possible in this class.
Any concerns about Price?
Price was about as clean of a prospect as possible, until he tore his pectoral muscle at the NFL Combine while performing the bench press. There was recent good news though, as Price’s doctor says he’ll be cleared by training camp. In fact, he sent a letter to NFL teams saying his surgically repaired left shoulder is recovering well “with no deformity” and that he should be good to go.