Baltimore Ravens: The Perfect 7 Round Mock Draft
6th Round, 186 Overall Pick – Ejuan Price, EDGE, Pittsburgh
Ejuan Price is possibly one of my biggest draft crushes this year. Of all of the players in the draft he is possibly the one I most want the Ravens to draft. Injuries and his size make him a late round prospect but his production, tape and skills make him a can’t miss player late in the draft.
He has missed two full seasons with injuries but over his final two years with the Panthers he had 24.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. In addition to those sacks he added 42.5 tackles for loss. He just produces regardless of his lack of size and injury problems.
One thing that makes him able to produce so much is his athleticism off the edge. He hasn’t got long speed but his first step explosion and his burst off the edge are a nightmare for tackles. He can win from the snap.
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If that first step doesn’t win he can get the job done in multiple ways. He utilizes his feet well with stutter steps and can throw in head fakes to force the tackle to hesitate. Price can juke like a ball-carrier to force the tackle inside and then burst around the edge again. He also has a spin move to counter his speed which can be very effective.
Bottom Line: He’s a good pass rusher
He’s low to the ground and loves to get after the quarterback. If he knows he can get to him he goes after it; he had 5 sacks against Louisville in 2015 thanks to that. He’s not tall but he’s compact and powerful. He gets leverage and can push tackles back. He can also use his hands well to get free.
Price hasn’t got great bend, necessarily, but he just gets to the passer and looks like an NFL pass rusher throughout his final two seasons.
I don’t envision him every being an every down player for the Ravens, definitely not early, but I do think he will be able to make an immediate impact as a situational pass rusher and will be able to develop into a premier pass rusher. Think of him as a slightly more powerful Elvis Dumervil. That’s what I see Price becoming in the NFL.