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The book on: CB Jabari Price
University of North Carolina Tar Heels
Pompano Beach, Florida
Blanche Ely High School
Price has been the calming influence in the Tar Heels secondary, where he mentored a young group of ball hawks while starting at the demanding left cornerback position the last two years. He would earn 30 starting assignments during his 43 games on the field for UNC, producing 192 tackles with a pair of pass thefts, along with deflecting 25 other tosses.
An All-American scholar during his playing days at Blanche Ely High School, Price was so well-regarded, that opponents targeted only 23 passes into his area during his senior prep campaign. On those attempts, he intercepted five throws and deflected 12 others. He would conclude the 2009 season by posting 39 tackles and forcing five fumbles to earn first-team honors on the Sun-Sentinel Class 6A-5A-4A All-County team.
Upon his arrival at North Carolina, the Tar Heels coaches wasted little time getting him on the field, as he appeared in every game eventually forced his way into the lineup for the final four contests, as he recorded 20 tackles with an interception and pass break-up from the right cornerback position.
Price was expected to start as a sophomore, but he missed the first four games on the 2011 schedule after tearing a tendon in his right hand that required surgery coming out of August camp. He would start twice at left cornerback upon his return, finishing with just sixteen stops. Fully recovered, Price would become a full-time starter at left cornerback for the next two seasons.
In 11 assignments with the first unit in 2012, he delivered 76 tackles, third-best on the team. He had the only sack for his career, adding four stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also broke up nine deep passes and intercepted another. He received All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention as a senior, closing out his career as the Tar Heels' fourth-leading tackler with 80 hits, again deflecting nine passes while coming up with 4.5 stops-for-loss.
Price has above average flexibility, change of direction agility and lateral movements. He maintains balance on the move and shows good stop-and-go ability. He has very quick footwork that helps him recover when beaten. He possesses good mirror skills, as he shows the ability to plant, drive and close with a sudden burst. He has the body control to look crisp in and out of his breaks. His hip flexibility and foot speed allow him to consistently shadow the receivers in deep routes.
One of his main deficiencies is a lack of great leaping ability (29½-inch vertical jump). With less than spectacular elevation, he needs to time his jumps better to get to the ball at its high point. He sometimes hesitates when having to change direction and keep tracking the ball and while he shows the ability to anticipate the receiver's movements, he must stay in better control before going up for the pigskin.
Even if he can improve his timing, he is not really a natural pass thief, as most of his break-ups appeared to be attainable interceptions. His hip flexibility and athletic skills should make him an adequate vertical jumper, if he can fully understand the concept of timing.
Price started 30-of-43 games at North Carolina, where he delivered 192 tackles (138 solos) with a 13-yard sack and 9.5 stops for losses of 37 yards…Gained 29 yards via a pair of interceptions and deflected 25 other throws…Caused two fumbles and recovered another.
Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.
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