Pick 149: Ejuan Price, OLB, Pittsburgh
The Chicago Bears found a mid-round gem in Nick Kwiatkoski last year, and he was able to adequately fill in when Danny Trevathan went down with an injury. This year’s mid-round gem for the Chicago Bears is Ejuan Price of the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Price was an absolute monster for the Panthers last year. His production is difficult to ignore. He had 13 sacks this season, and is tied with Aaron Donald for career sacks. He also recorded 23 tackles for loss, a safety, 14 hurries, and three forced fumbles.
Projected as a 3-4 OLB in the NFL because of his lack of height, he’s one of those guys that is undervalued because of measurables. At times, Price appears to be a bit lazy in pursuit, but Pitt DL Coach Tom Simms had this to say:
"He has continued to improve as a technical player. He does a good job playing every down of football for us. He’s disruptive in the run game, also."
In a 3-4 defense, there can never be enough OLB pass rushers. Simply put, Price is a player who knows how to get after the QB.