We are coming to the end of the Buccaneers 2010 draft class, next on the list is defensive tackle Brian Price. Price is a 6’1″, 303 lb. defensive tackle out of UCLA and was selected with the 3rd pick in the 2nd round, 35th overall. Price looks to join a new look defensive front that is young and has former greats, such as Warren Sapp looking over them Price has a lot of work in front of him, as do all of the Bucs.
Brian Price is fast and powerful defensive tackle that made a living terrorizing the backfields of the Pac-10, constantly overmatching offensive lines and inflicting pain on opposing quarterbacks. One UCLA reporter stated, “Price should be on offense, he spends most of his time in the backfield.” Price was fourth in the nation last season with 23.5 tackles for loss and recorded 7 sacks. He was highly recruited by multiple colleges, but decided on UCLA and became a household name on the West Coast.
Price has a powerful rip and swim move that allows him to beat offensive lineman off the ball and get into the backfield. He also has one of the quickest first steps in the entire draft. His burst off the line is tremendous, causing offensive linemen to use cut blocks on him, in an attempt to slow him down. He has short arms, which makes getting of blocks in support of the run game tough and he does not have great lateral speed (at over 300 lbs., not many can move that fast). Price will either line up at the 1 technique or at nose tackle for the Bucs.
Price will be part of a young, talented rotation, along with McCoy and last year’s pick, Roy Miller. Former Bucs great, Warren Sapp has been working with Price and McCoy at their new positions and how it works in the Bucs defensive scheme. Price is a talented tackle that will be able to adapt to either position and helps provide depth and explosiveness on the Bucs defensive front that they have lacked for years.
So, can Price have a big year for the Bucs? Of course he can, but realistically, he probably will not have huge numbers for the Bucs. Price will be playing a position that is meant to hold the line, help in run support, and will be playing in a rotation (and behind the shadow of 1st round pick Gerald McCoy). Price will have great moments this year, he is too talented and fast not to have sacks and create havoc for running backs and quarterbacks alike. Price will become a solid Buc starter for years to come and may even become a star as well.