OL prospect Billy Price suffers apparent injury during combine bench press

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One of the top-ranked offensive linemen in this year’s draft class appears to have suffered an injury at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday.

According to multiple reports, Ohio State interior lineman Billy Price stopped his bench press after a few reps. Price then walked off while grabbing at his left shoulder/pectoral.

Price was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes and saw time at left guard, right guard and center during his time in Columbus. He spent the 2017 season at center and was named both a first-team All-American and the Rimington Trophy winner as the best center in college football.

Price has been projected to come off the board during the first two days of the draft. An injury could alter that perception, although any speculation on that front will have to wait for further word about what happened on Thursday.

19 responses to “OL prospect Billy Price suffers apparent injury during combine bench press

  1. The combine dog-and-pony show is a joke. What are the prospects going to show that they haven’t shown throughout their college careers? It’s all on tape. It’s nothing more than a money and ratings grab.

  2. End this travesty already. Nothing done at the Combine will show you how good a player is.

    The Underwear Olympics are a joke. And now with high prospects getting injured, a terrible one.

  3. That sucks if its a torn pec or similar. He was projected late 1st or early 2nd based on ability to start right away.

  4. Sad to see this kid get injured for basically nothing. The combine is more for agents and GMs to commit some light tampering than it is to showcase athletic talents at this point. Hope the injury is only a minor setback and not something that could seriously tank his draft position.

  5. What a shame.

    Perhaps we should ban all post season games and all workouts because players get hurt. We can just appoint the New England Patriots the champs at the start of training camp and eliminate all injuries from that point on.

  6. Damn that sucks, second time in two years a player injured his self in the bench press in one of these type of events. Fabian Moreau who was seen as a late 1st-early 2nd round pick last year, torn his pec in the bench press at his UCLA pro day then dropped to the 3rd round.

  7. This is not good for the Chargers who skipped on Ramczyc last year for the ‘fragile’ Mike Williams.


    Yeah, but they did great getting Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. Unfortunately, injuries bit them there.

    Plus, I don’t think they go OL in the first. I think they probably go safety or interior DL.

  8. I hope this doesn’t affect his draft stock too much. He’s a good, solid player who can play guard or center and was never a problem in college. I’m not sure if he was even injured when he was in college. It’s sad to hear this about anyone. Don’t be surprised if more prospects start declining to workout. Can you blame them after this? An injury like this could cost Price well over a million if he drops out of the first round.

  9. You people who are talking about doing away with the combine are morons. Teams are about to invest millions of dollars in these guys and they need a chance to properly evaluate them once more. It’s been at least two months since most of them have played and a lot can happen in that time. If you just think it’s boring to watch then guess what? No one is making you watch it so change the channel and it won’t have any affect on you

  10. Unless he tore a muscle I doubt he is injured badly enough to miss training camp with a team. Even a pectoral tear wouldn’t cost him to miss his entire rookie season though as there is still 6-7 months until week 1. Hopefully, he just pulled something or suffered a cramp. If he did tear something though some team will get an absolute STEAL in round 3 or 4.

  11. This could have happened anywhere. People actually blaming the Combine? Please. Do you think an offensive lineman doesn’t do bench presses to stay in shape and/or become stronger? He stopped a few reps into the 225 pound bench press. Hopefully he just felt a twinge or something and knew not to push it. But the bench press is something you can do everyday, and 225 is not a lot of weight for a lineman. Just as easily could have happened at his home on a personal weight set.

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