Friday, April 23, 2010
Instant analysis: Taylor Price
By Mike Reiss
FOXBORO -- Listening to Patriots coach Bill Belichick talk about third-round draft choice Taylor Price (90th overall), it sounds like he feels the team has selected a player who might have been an undervalued asset because of circumstances out of his control.
This is one of the challenges that NFL teams often have when evaluating receivers, assessing how much of the receiver's production is a result of a strong quarterback or well-polished offensive system, or in this case, a quarterback who struggles at times and a simpler offensive system (option-based).
Price has good size (6-0, 204) and good speed. He figures to be a factor on special teams, and Belichick said he shows the ability to play multiple positions, and is also a willing blocker.
With Randy Moss entering the final year of his contract, the Patriots must consider how their receiving corps might look in 2011 if Moss doesn't return. In Price, they have a prospect who they are probably projecting more to 2011 and beyond in terms of pass-catching impact.