Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Jabari Price participates in pass catching drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina NFL Draft Preview: Jabari Price


In order to prepare you for the NFL Draft, and when and to where some former Tar Heel football players could go, Keeping It Heel has put together a North Carolina Draft Preview series. Leading up to draft day, we will feature different Tar Heels and their chances for the draft. Today we begin with Jabari Price, and make sure you check back every day until the NFL Draft for more player previews!

Vitals

Position: Cornerback
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 200 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 5/8”
Hand Length: 9 1/8”
High School: Blanche Ely High School

Carolina Stats and Overview

Jabari has been making plays in the Carolina secondary nearly since the start of the Obama administration. Jabari played in all 13 games as a true freshman (in 2010), and learned the ropes while out on the field wearing number 4. Jabari had 16 tackles his sophomore year after starting the season with an injured right hand, and came back his junior year to have a solid season. Jabari started 11 games in 2012 and all 13 in 2013, capping off his long and productive career off with a All-ACC honorable mention selection.

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash: 4.45 sec
Bench Press: 16 reps
Three Cone Drill: 7.04 sec
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.30 sec
60 Yard Shuttle: 11.38 sec (3rd best among corners at combine)

Strengths and Weaknesses

I think his biggest strength is his experience and growth while at UNC. Jabari Price came in as an under-recruited prospect, had to come in right away and contribute and was able to learn how to be a solid cornerback and special teams gunner in his freshman year. He continued to grow and grow, capping off his career with that All-ACC award I mentioned earlier. Whoever drafts Jabari will get a hard working, proven cornerback who can make an impact in the defensive backfield as well as on special teams.

His weaknesses include not having great combine numbers and not having great interception totals at Carolina. The combine numbers were expected from a projected day three cornerback, but only recording two career interceptions in four years at North Carolina is concerning. Playmaking is absolutely one of Jabari Price’s weaknesses heading into the draft.

Draft Projections

Most draft projecting services have Jabari Price as a 5th-7th round selection in the 2014 NFL draft. The Eagles, Jets, Bears, Lions, and Vikings are a couple of teams that could draft Jabari in the late round of the draft. Also don’t be surprised to see the Carolina Panthers pick up the home-state product in Price on day three of the draft.

Bottom Line

I haven’t always been in Jabari’s corner, as I can remember a couple times in his freshman and sophomore seasons when the opposing teams would score a passing touchdown in Kenan and there would be number four, standing next to him confused and angry at giving up the TD. However, Jabari made great strides last season and was an ace gunner on special teams for the Tar Heels. In the right situation, I believe Jabari can have a productive NFL career.

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