Taylor Price, WR, Ohio
Weight: 198 pounds
40 time: 4.40
A fantastic athlete and a playmaker at the wide receiver position, Taylor Price is one of the top under-the-radar prospects in the 2010 Draft. Coming from Ohio University, Price hasn’t received the type of exposure that you would expect to see with the type of talent that he has; however his terrific workout at the Senior Bowl really helped to raise his stock prior to the draft.
Price led his team in receiving each of the last three years and he leaves Ohio as the school’s all-time leading receiver (149 receptions for 2,019 yards and 14 touchdowns).
Taylor really has outstanding athleticism; he’s capable of making acrobatic catches as well as going up the ladder to snatch the ball out of the air. He also does a great job of catching the ball away from his body. Taylor is extremely quick off the ball with explosion in and out of his breaks; his precise route running was some of the best at the Senior Bowl this year.
What I like about Taylor is that he’s big and strong enough to play outside on the edge and he also has the speed to get down the field and be a deep threat for his team; however, he also has the quickness, elusiveness, and agility to play in the slot. He also has some of the best ball skills and body control of any receiver in this year’s draft.
Taylor doesn’t have many glaring holes in his game, however I would like to see him continue to work on being a blocker in the run game; he’s showed that he can be a blocker, but he isn’t the most physical player on the field. One question mark that some scouts had for Price was whether or not he could adjust from playing in the MAC to playing in the NFL, however he showed at the Senior Bowl that he should be able to make the jump to the next level with ease. One reason why Taylor’s numbers weren’t outstanding is because the play at quarterback at Ohio wasn’t anything special. A three-year starter, Price was durable over his career. I project that Price will be drafted in the third round with a chance of going in the late-second.
Price is a player that I’m very high on. I think that he has all of the tools and skills as well as the potential and upside to develop into a very good No. 2 or No. 3 receiver at the next level. He also has experience as a returner on special teams, so he could help there as well. Price is one of the safer picks at the receiver position this year and he has the chance to grow and develop into a nice player for the team that drafts him. His ceiling is pretty high.
Notes: Taylor was named second-team All-MAC as a senior. In high school, Taylor also lettered once in baseball.
Price’s efforts at the Senior Bowl and again at the NFL Scouting Combine have elevated him from “who?” status to one of the more popular sleeper receivers in this year’s draft. One of his greatest attributes is versatility; while other wideouts are being classified as slot receivers or possession receivers, Price has the size and speed to play any of the three receiver positions. That should help him get on the field sooner rather than later, and if his showing at the Senior Bowl is any indication the step up in competition won’t present too steep of a learning curve.
That Price can play anywhere is a plus for dynasty leaguers hoping for a more immediate return on their investment. It may also be a blessing that he’s not widely considered among the elite receivers—the Bryants, the Tates, the Benns—expected to go in the first round or two. Sliding down the draft board means he’ll have just as good of an opportunity to land on a quality team as opposed to one that’s rebuilding. Put another way: if Austin Collie gets drafted by the Browns and Mohamed Massaquoi goes to the Colts, how do you think their rookie numbers stack up? Long-term, Price’s versatility again works in his favor; even if he doesn’t develop into a true No. 1, he can be a deep threat or a slot receiver or a complementary target—each of which gives him opportunities to put up fantasy numbers.