Former UTSA defensive tackle Brian Price has been flying all across the NFL map recently. In the past two weeks the lineman has made visits to the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Diego Chargers.
A staggering physique at 6'3" and 320 pounds, Price has garnered attention from scouts with his size, athletic ability and workhorse effort. He recorded 81 tackles in three seasons as a Roadrunner, 33 of which came during his senior year despite missing two games.
After earning All-State honors his senior season of high school at McCutcheon (IN), Price didn't receive a single Division I scholarship offer. He spent his freshman year at Allan Hancock JUCO (CA) and recorded 61 tackles; then the Roadrunners gave him the opportunity he had been waiting for.
Price was one of UTSA's primary run defenders in 2015, and according to RotoWorld played 65% of snaps - an integral part of the Roadrunners' Hard Hat Defense. He also contributed significantly as sophomore and junior, recording two sacks for a total loss of 12 yards and earning six tackles against Oklahoma State in 2014.
He actually tended to have his best performances against major schools. Last season he earned four tackles (three solo) in the season opener against Arizona and recorded five tackles (two solo) with a six-yard sack the following week against Kansas State.
Price has an uncanny ability of knowing the direction of plays. He's excellent at fighting off blocks and getting an arm around runners to slow them down and stop them. He's also shown great skill in covering blind spots.
The Atlanta Falcons also showed an interest in the tackle during UTSA's Pro Day.
Along with tight end David Morgan, Price could be one of the first Roadrunners to hear his name called at the NFL Draft. Brian Schmidt of Cover32 says "he could be that sleeper pick" this year.
If his name is called, it won't be until one of the later rounds; but I like the way that Price told it to Sam King of the Lafayette Journal & Courier:
"In my eyes, (getting drafted) sixth round, seventh round, free agent, I don't give a damn as long as I make it."
It's against league rules for teams to hold any workouts right now, so Price can only sell himself through interviews with coaches and personnel. Fortunately, his tape speaks for itself. Watch him work against Arizona in last year's season opener.