While Price makes his impact as a high effort pass rusher who is known for making big plays, Price could stand to improve on several facets his game. For example, Price often loses gap responsibility in the run game. He is always gunning for the big play, and will often get too far outside trying to beat the blocker in front of him. This opens up enormous rushing lanes at times.
Price also will get too wide in his pass rush, creating running lanes for scrambling QBs. He needs to focus on maintaining a balanced rush while also preserving his aggressive nature. Overall, Price needs to learn to play under control and fulfill his defensive responsibilities while also letting his playmaking abilities shine.
In terms of his draft stock, Price will most likely last till the later rounds due to his atypical size and measurables. Price is shorter than your ideal EDGE rusher and has less than desired length.
However, Price’s effort and natural abilities allow him to make up for his lack of desired measurables. In my opinion Price is one of the more experienced and talented pass rushers in this class. Year in and year out teams pass on undersized EDGE rushers and make the same mistakes. Elvis Dumervil, Dwight Freeney, and the Steeler’s own James Harrison are a few names that come to mind.
I hope the Steelers take a chance on the local Pitt product, because I believe Ejuan Price is the next undersized pass rusher who will be making NFL teams regret their decisions for years to come.