2014 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Washington QB Keith Price

Mechanics/Footwork

Price has good footwork and one of the cleanest, smoothest throwing motions of any quarterback in this draft class.

Tutored by Nussmeier and head coach Steve Sarkisian, Price moves well from under center. He moves well in the pocket then sets up and stands tall when he finds his target. He carries the ball up in a relaxed position allowing him quickly snap out a pass.

His throwing motion is quick and compact with little to no wasted motion. He squares up his shoulders, transitions his weight to his front foot and follows through.

All this leads to a fantastic over-the-top throwing motion any quarterback coach would be proud of.

Pocket Presence

Price’s pocket presence did not look very good last season. Behind a lackluster offensive line that allowed 38 sacks, tied for 102nd in the FBS last season for sacks allowed per game, he regularly bailed from the pocket prematurely and scrambled to get away from pressure.

With a better offensive line in 2011, Price looked more composed and was able to move as he felt pressure.

Mobility

Price is an athletic quarterback who can use his legs to make plays when necessary.

He reportedly ran a 4.65 40-yard dash in high school and would likely match or better that time at the 2014 NFL Combine.

Despite his athleticism, he’s a pass-first quarterback.

“I actually think of him more as a passer than a runner, without a doubt,” Sarkisian said in a university press release prior to the 2011 season. “He’s a definite pocket passer, movement passer. I wouldn’t think that his most dangerous and first threat is his legs, by any means.”

Still, when the opportunity presents itself, Price can use his legs to change the game. He ran for 39 yards and three touchdowns on five attempts in the 2011 Alamo Bowl, including the spectacular 15-yard touchdown run below.

Intangibles

Price is the clear leader of the Washington Huskies. He took command of the huddle in 2012 and when he’s on the sideline, he’s getting his teammates together and on the same page especially when trailing.

Leadership is nothing new to him. Price was viewed as a leader in high school, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He’s an easy-going guy who is always smiling, which earned him the nickname “Teeth Price” according to a university press release. Despite his laid-back personality, he’s a competitor who hates losing.

“I definitely think people can misperceive who I am because I smile a lot, but I think anybody will tell you that I don’t like to lose,” Price told the Seattle Times in 2011. “If I have to get on a guy, I’ll pull him aside and let him have it, but I’ll do it my way. I like to build people up.”

Ultimately, Price is the poised, hard-working leader that teams want.

Draft Outlook

After a disappointing 2012 campaign, Price is likely a mid-to-late round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Price may have a bit more incentive to succeed with better talent behind him on the depth chart in redshirt freshmen Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist. It is unlikely Price will lose the starting job this season, barring injury, but there is more competition for him.

The Washington offense is arguably the most talented it has been in years, in its second year under offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau. With talented weapons and future NFL draft picks in junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior wide receiver Kasen Williams and junior running back Bishop Sankey, plus a healthier, more experienced offensive line, Price has no excuses this season.

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Tags: 2011 Alamo Bowl, Keith Price, Prospect to Watch, Quarterbacks, Washington

One Response to “2014 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Washington QB Keith Price”

  1. Glenn Gifford says:

    Nice write up here Joe. Price is an interesting prospect and I will keep my eye on him. Good work here.




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