The Washington Redskins could stand to add a talented interior lineman in the 2018 NFL Draft. They are hosting Billy Price on a pre-draft visit.
Throughout the 2018 NFL offseason, the Washington Redskins have done a good job of filling some of their more pressing needs. They added a slot cornerback, answered their quarterback question, landed a speed threat at wide-out, and added a depth pass rusher as well. Still, they have a few more holes to fill in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Right now, the Redskins have two major holes at starting positions in nose tackle and left guard, and they could also stand to add a true lead back for their offense. Right now, it seems likely that they will consider a nose tackle or a top defensive back like Minkah Fitzpatrick at the No. 13 overall pick. And that means that guard or running back will be addressed in Round 2.
That said, that isn’t stopping the Redskins from looking at some of the top interior offensive line options in this draft. According to ESPN’s John Keim, the team is going to host Ohio State guard/center Billy Price on a pre-draft visit on April 17.
Bringing in Price for a visit is definitely a sensible move. The only question about him is, will the team be in position to draft him?
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Just before the NFL Combine, Price was considered to be a potential top 20 pick and a riser. He had a great career at Ohio State, and he looked like a smooth, athletic, rock-solid option to man either center or guard. However, disaster struck at the bench press and Price tore his pectoral muscle and was forced to miss the rest of the Combine. While he will be healthy for the start of the 2018 season, it will have an impact on his draft status.
Because of Price’s injury, Iowa’s James Daniels moved ahead in the race to be the top center off the board and now, there are questions about whether or not Price will be a first round pick. Price has the talent, but the concerns about his health could push him into the second round.
The Redskins are smart to take a close look at Price. They selected Fabian Moreau in the third round last year after he tore a pectoral at his pro day, and Moreau looks like a potential steal. If Price slips into the early second round, the team could consider moving up to get him to install him as their new starter at left guard. Or, they could play him as center and move Chase Roullier to guard. Both would be versatile enough to play either position.
Conversely, the team could move down in the first round, and then try to take Price at the end of the first round. Either way, he would be a sensible option.
The Redskins have a big need at left guard. Price would definitely fill it. He could be a steal if they land him in the second round, so bringing him in for a visit is a very good move.