Cardiac Hill, the SB Nation community for fans of the Pitt Panthers, said this of the selection:
Price was a fringe pick so seeing him get selected was great. As I mentioned, he's a little undersized and at 24, one of the older players available. But there's absolutely no questioning what he did on the field in his last two seasons at Pitt. He had a total of 24 1/2 sacks and 42 1/2 tackles for losses in those years and his 29 1/2 career sacks ranks fourth on the school's all-time list.
Like a few other guys that were drafted from Pitt, I think that getting him in this round is a good grab. This late in the draft, teams are really doing nothing more than taking chances and trying to add depth. When you can get an All-American this late in the game, it's really hard to complain.
Here are his major NFL.com draft profile notes:
Quick-twitch athlete with elite playmaking production over last two seasons. Stutter steps and head fakes in rush approach causes uncertainty for tackles. Able to juke inside and bounce back out to create an edge opening as rusher. Built low to ground and plays strong through redirect blocks to trim the edge. Flashes explosive spin counter that can create wins. Absolute bulldog when he smells a sack opportunity. Stout and strong. Big burst to close out quarterbacks. Disruptive in gaps against the run. Sudden stunts inside are often too quick for tackles to counter. Willing to take chances to make plays in backfield.
Missed more than two seasons with injuries. Burst-based athlete missing long speed. Slow to transition when forced to make sharp directional changes. Unable to run down running backs headed for corner. Needs to finish plays. Can be quick to shut motor down if he doesn't think a tackle is within range. Appeared gassed at times. Struggles to counter long-limbed tackles with a quick punch. Face-up rusher missing upper body flexibility and hip flip. Needs soft edge to turn the corner.
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