You won't find Keith Price on first-day draft boards. It's doubtful he'll be picked on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft. Opinions are all over the place as to whether he'll even be selected by the seventh round.
It's not for lack of trying however. Price set a host of school records during his time at the University of Washington and was one of Seattle's favorite athletes during his time with the Huskies, known for flashing a big smile all the time. His prominent position on the sports scene in the city led to a close relationship with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Super Bowl champion has turned into quite the resource for Price both on and off the field.
"Russ is a great friend of mind," Price said during an appearance on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft". "He's a competitor, a guy who is a true leader. He's not a guy who thinks he knows it all.
"Having a mentor like that, it just makes my life a lot easier. Throughout this process I've been able to contact him a couple of times. He kind of had the same chip on his shoulder that I do. It really didn't matter what team he went to, he was going to be successful and that's the same way that I fill."
Price is about two inches taller than his good friend, but likewise hears knocks about his height from NFL scouts. Though he isn't as mobile as Wilson nor does he have as strong an arm, Price is quite accurate coming out of college and is familiar with running a pro-style offense.
While at Washington, Price threw for 8,921 yards and 75 touchdowns against just 30 interceptions as a three-year starter. He jumped onto the national scene by outdueling Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III in the Alamo Bowl as a sophomore, but suffered from poor offensive line play and a young receiving corps as he endured a sub-par junior season in 2012. He dealt with a shoulder injury as a senior, but still turned in several good performances as he helped lead the team to a 9-4 record.
Price was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and that snub fueled him through a well-reviewed pro day workout in early April. As he has made his way around the league to showcase his skills in the lead up to the draft, he's taking Wilson's words to heart as he tells teams they're getting a top-notch competitor.
"I've been grinding," Price said. "I've been overlooked a ton in my career. I don't do it for the fame, I don't do it for the publicity, I do it for the love of the game.
"I'm confident in my abilities and I think I can throw with the best of them."
It remains to be seen where -- or even if -- Price gets drafted but he's certain to have a fan every step of the way with Wilson.
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