You don’t expect it, but Price absolutely has a second gear to pull away from defenders and rip off explosive runs. He varies his tempo effectively, but his speed is an asset to his game. He has the juice to corner the defense and attack the edges.
Price is a trustworthy ball-carrier that takes sound tracks with the football. He rarely lacks decisiveness but there are times he can press the ball too wide and get stuck stringing carries too wide, but it’s a minor gripe. He runs with a good awareness of his skill set.
D’vonte Price ran track and played football in high school and took his talents to FIU despite offers from Kentucky and USF. Emerging as the lead back in 2020, Price set FIU records for yards per rush (6.84) and yards per game (116.2). Price is a physical runner with good vision, control, power, and contact balance. But don’t confuse Price as just a between-the-tackles power runner. He absolutely has a second gear to pull away from defenders and create chunk runs. He is smooth when stringing together cuts and his vision truly shines once he breaks the line of scrimmage. Price projects wonderfully to pass protection duties in the NFL where his size, power, vision, and technique shine. When it comes to concerns, Price was an afterthought as a receiving threat at FIU, never catching more than 15 passes in any season and had some drop issues in 2021. Price is also an upright runner that isn’t overly elusive and lacks comfort in high-traffic areas. I would also like to see him anticipate creases better when pressing the line of scrimmage. Price has the makings of a quality RB2 that is an asset in pass protection. His blend of size, speed, and power gives him plenty of appeal.
Ideal Role: RB2 with heavy usage in pass protection
Scheme Fit: Any
Written by Joe Marino
Games watched: Liberty (2020), FAU (2020), Texas Tech (2021), Charlotte (2021), LIU (2021)
Best Game Studied: Liberty (2020)
Worst Game Studied: Texas Tech (2021)
Vision: Price is a patient runner that allows blocks to take form and runs to daylight. He makes good decisions with the football and is impressive once he gets to the second level of the defense. He has good spatial awareness and the decisions he makes with the football sets himself up well for opportunities post-contact.
Footwork: I appreciate how balanced of a base Price operates from and how he uses footwork to set himself up well to attack lanes and take on contact. He strings together moves reasonably well for a back of his stature. His cuts are executed with good timing.
Contact Balance: Despite being a tall and upright runner, Price has been very effective gaining yards after contact. He generates notable power with his lower body and absorbs contact very well. He runs square and maximizes his power with a strong competitive spirit to maximize his output.
Durability: Price has been a factor at FIU since his freshman campaign in 2017 and has avoided major injury. His overall workload has been modest with just over 400 career touches, so there is plenty of tread left on his tires. He’s had a few games over 20+ touches in 2020 and 2021, but his workload was modest prior to that.
Explosiveness: See Above.
Versatility: Price has appeal in either zone or gap runs as an inside or outside runner. He has some flashy moments in pass protection and he projects well to pass blocking in the NFL. He has been an afterthought for FIU in the passing game.
Elusiveness: Price has enough elusive qualities to complement the style of runner that he is, but this isn’t the second coming of Shady McCoy in tight quarters. He has some issues navigating congested areas of the field. His game is about timing, vision, power, and speed.
Ball Security: Price generally does well to take care of the football and holds it firmly. He has five career fumbles on 419 touches from scrimmage. He’s not immune to coughing up the football but it hasn’t been a major issue.
Passing Down Skills: Price has shown plenty of promise in pass protection where he does well to scan the defense and understand where he needs to help. He showcases good technique as a face-up blocker, where he is deliberate about fitting his hands, leveraging hips and controlling his opponent. He has the size, power, and mentality necessary to be an above average pass blocker at the next level. He only has 45 career catches and never more than 15 in any season. Drops were an issue in 2021, so he has to prove himself as a receiving threat.
Discipline: See Above.
TDN Consensus: 70.00/100 (Fifth Round Value)
Crabbs Grade: 68.50/100
Marino Grade: 71.50/100