Photo of Sheldon Price
Grade
62.4 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 180LBS. Weight

Overview

Productive high school cornerbacks who excel in track are coveted by college coaches, so it was no surprise that Price was a highly sought after recruit after racking up 15 passes defended as a senior and winning a state title in the long jump and finishing second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.


Price started 11 games in his true freshman year, making 48 tackles and breaking up two passes. He again lined up with the starting 11 as a sophomore (25 tackles, 7 pass breakups), though he missed three games due to a sprained right knee –- an injury that would return in 2011, keeping him from two contests. He started the other 12 contests, though, making 47 stops, getting his first interception against San Jose State, and breaking up seven other passes during the season. As a senior, Price played in all 14 games. He only managed 37 tackles, but had his biggest year in terms of interceptions, as he picked off four passes. In addition to this, he also managed to deflect five passes.

Analysis

Strengths

Has prototypical height for an outside corner. Matches up well with tall receivers with his length, can use those long arms to press off the line, maintain contact down the sideline, and knock away passes in front of his man without interfering. Also wraps his long arms around receivers quickly after the catch to drag them down. Possesses enough short-area foot quickness to stay with receivers on inside and outside routes when playing on the line. Succeeds in playing the ball and making tackles in trail coverage. Good hip flexibility for his size, can turn-and-run with most receivers when in balance. Flashes excellent ball skills, can extend from his frame to bring in poor throws for the interception whether in man or zone.

Weaknesses

Lean build, must prove he can handle the physicality of NFL receivers in coverage and against the run. Needs to prove he has recovery and straight-line speed to be a reliable starter. Height can be a disadvantage against quicker receivers, gets high and leans back in his pedal at times, allowing his man to get separation at the top of their route. Gives too much cushion on occasion when playing off. Fails to break down on his tackles, will need to crank up the intensity to bring down NFL receivers up top. Gets overly physical downfield at times, especially when behind a step, drawing penalty flags.

NFL Comparison

Kevin Barnes

Bottom Line

An athletic cornerback whose height and length will be coveted by NFL defensive coordinators, Price elevated his game as a senior, proving that he could be a playmaker after missing five games the past two seasons with right knee issues. He will likely find himself selected in the third-to-fifth round range.
×
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

Comments

NFL News
CONTENT
15