D’Vonte Price busted on the scene during the brief 2020 Covid season for FIU with his vision and breakaway speed, rushing for 581 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns through the Panthers’ five games of action. However, the offensive line did Price no favors in 2021 as it’s been difficult for him to show what he’s capable of doing in the offense. Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy isn’t giving up on him, however. “This guy would be a four-down player,” Nagy was quoted saying in Bruce Feldman’s recent Senior Bowl article. “He has the size and speed to cover on special teams. I think he’s a cool player. You don’t hear a lot of buzz about the guy. But everybody wants to see this guy in the game.”

D’Vonte Price reminds me a lot of D’Onta Foreman, former Texas running back, currently playing a rotational role with the Tennessee Titans. His size and explosion are certainly attractive traits that project him into a rotational role in a zone-scheme offense.

The Measurables

D’Vonte Price

RB – #24 Florida International

HT: 6020
WT: 215
WING: 7728
ARM: 3148
HAND: 938
DOB: 6/2/1999

Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Charlotte (Punta Gorda, FL)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8057)
Phil Steele: PS#179

D’Vonte Price Scouting Report

Excellent speed. Price has the speed to pull away from the secondary. Change of direction is good, he has very quick feet. For a runner his size, you’d like to see Price run with more power. Has really improved with lowering his pad level from 2020 to 2021. Accelerates very well, gets to top speed quickly. Very explosive from his first step.

Works well through traffic, reads blocks very well. Picks the right gaps. Does a great job working through traffic between the tackles. Decent contact balance. Very difficult to catch. Consistently weaves his way to fall forward.

Shows good hands in warmups, but struggles to be consistent throughout the game. Struggles to secure the catch through contact. Shows ample ability as a route runner out of the backfield. Doesn’t offer much ability out wide. Not a great blocker despite his size. Sets quickly and positions but loses his leverage very quickly.

What we want to see from D’Vonte Price in Mobile

  • As we’ve noted in other reports, and will continue to note, it’s hard for running backs to build on their draft stock at all-star games. It’s still valuable, obviously, for the opportunity to begin interviews with teams. However, for Price, the part of his game that we want to see is how he will hold up as a receiver in drills. We’ve seen him do well against air, but now we want to see him create space while working against linebackers and safeties. Will he display that he’s a better receiver through contact?

Pre-Senior Bowl projection

D’Vonte Price is an intriguing projection, especially with the depth of the upcoming running back class. His special-teams ability that Nagy mentioned will be quickly noticed by teams looking for that rotational power back to add with his breakaway speed. However, with the depth of the upcoming running back class, it’s hard to see Price drafted before the fifth/seventh-round range.

The running back position is very demanding in the current NFL structure, asking backs to not only run the football but offer receiver abilities and play in pass protection. His pass protection is less than stellar and so far we have concerns with his hands. That should drop his value a little bit in this deep class.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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