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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Patriots select WR Taylor Price
The Patriots knew they needed to take a WR this draft and Taylor Price was the guy. Price was a big sleeper in this years draft. Many experts said that this guy would be the surprise pick of the draft. If he was not playing for Ohio, he would have been a first round pick. He was plagued by poor QBs at Ohio which is why he was not noticed and did not have eye poping stats. If he attended USC he would have been a first round pick.
In the senior bowl practices when he did have a good QB he dominated. Experts were saying he was climbing draft board quickly because of this. Last season he caught 56 balls for over 700 yard and 5 tuddies. I think that with Holt, Moss and Welker already at WR they can mentor this guy to be a great WR. Very sneaky, good pick.
NFL Draftcountdown scouting report
Good height and bulk --- Smooth and athletic --- Excellent speed and acceleration with a burst --- Vertical threat who can separate --- Great ball skills and body control --- Terrific leaper --- Good strength --- Tough and not afraid to work across the middle --- Nice awareness --- Has a lot of confidence --- Mature --- Superb Work Ethic --- Durable --- Upside.
Does not have natural hands --- Marginal quickness and agility --- Not much wiggle and won't make people miss --- Still very raw as a route runner --- Limited experience as a return man --- Can be more physical and aggressive --- Isn't much of a blocker --- Just average production.
Was a three-year starter for the Bobcats --- Named 2nd Team All-MAC in 2009 --- Averaged 17.9 yards with 0 touchdowns on 10 career kick returns and did not return a punt in college --- Was underutilized and never got consistent play from the quarterback position, which at least partially explains his lack of eye-popping statistics --- Earned positive reviews from many for his performance at the Senior Bowl --- Is straight-linish and plays a finesse game --- A classic "Workout Warrior" who will most likely be selected earlier than he should be due to that rare blend of size and speed but he doesn't always play up to those impressive physical tools --- May be a poor-man's Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Source:Sports Management Colleges