BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis
Keith Price, QB, Washington
Senior, 6’1”, 202 pounds
2012 Stats: 263-432 (60.9 percent), 2,728 yards, 19 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 2 rushing touchdowns
After a stellar sophomore season and a 2011 Alamo Bowl performance that saw him go toe-to-toe with Heisman-winner Robert Griffin III, Keith Price was a name to watch in 2012.
However, a disappointing 2012 season devastated his draft stock. As he hopes to get back on track senior season, we look at the traits he has shown in two seasons as starting quarterback of the Washington Huskies.
Listed at only 6’1” and 202 pounds by Washington’s official website, size will be one of the bigger issues for Keith Price.
Price’s height is an issue, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, who cited prior to last season (Russell Wilson’s rookie season) that only a few of the NFL’s starting quarterbacks are shorter than 6’2”.
Going along with his less than ideal height, he has a lean build at only 202 pounds. With past injury issues, teams will worry whether he can stand up to the bigger, harder hits of the NFL.
Aside from his size, his passing accuracy will be the most scrutinized part of his game.
From his sophomore to junior seasons, Price’s completion percentage dropped 6 percent to 60.9 percent in 2012.
Price’s passes were often rushed or late, causing them to be off target or making his receiver adjust to the throw.
This can be partially attributed to a weaker supporting cast. After his sophomore season, the Huskies lost their starting tailback, two leading receivers and three starting offensive linemen. A new offensive coordinator was also brought in after the departure of Doug Nussmeier to Alabama.
Still, Price missed wide-open targets when the pocket was at least somewhat clean throughout his junior season.
Placement of the ball is also an issue. His passes were thrown high too often last season, which left his receivers open for big hits.
He showed good touch throughout 2011, dropping the ball in or firing a rocket to the back shoulder. He struggled to repeat this last season.
Price’s arm strength is average, but underrated. He has enough strength to move the ball downfield but he won’t be throwing any 70-yard bombs anytime soon.
However, he shows good zip on the ball on short-to-intermediate passes. He does not have elite velocity, so he may have issues fitting the ball in to tighter windows downfield.
With average arm strength but good short-to-intermediate velocity, he will need to fit into a system that focuses on timing and shorter routes to take advantage of his skill set.