COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State now has multiple first-round draft picks for the fourth time in coach Urban Meyer’s six season as center Billy Price, from Austintown, Ohio and Fitch High School, was selected with the 21st overall pick of the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Price, the 2017 Rimington Award winner, unanimous All-American, two-time team captain and Big Ten Conference offensive lineman of the year, joins an impressive corps of Buckeye offensive linemen who were first-round NFL Draft picks, including Taylor Decker, Orlando Pace, Korey Stringer, Nick Mangold, Jim Lachey, John Hicks and Chris Ward.
Price is the sixth Ohio State offensive lineman drafted in the Urban Meyer coaching era. Those players:
– 2018 – C Billy Price, 1st round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals;
– 2017 – C Pat Elflein, 3rd round by the Minnesota Vikings;
– 2016 – OT Taylor Decker, 1st round by the Detroit Lions;
– 2014 – OG Jack Mewhort, 2nd round by Indianapolis;
– 2014 – C Corey Linsley, 5th round by the Green Bay Packers; and
– 2013 – OT Reid Fragel, 7th round by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Price is the third Ohio State center drafted in the last five years, and the other two are starters in the NFC North: Linsley is in his fifth season with Green Bay and Elflein completed his rookie year with Minnesota last season.
More on Price at Ohio State
Price is one of the great offensive linemen in Ohio State’s storied history. A two-time All-American, including a unanimous All-American in 2017, Price is one of just six Buckeye offensive linemen to win a major national award, joining Jim Parker, John Hicks, Orlando Pace, LeCharles Bentley and Pat Elflein with that honor when he was named the recipient of the Rimington Trophy in 2017 as the nation’s outstanding center. Price also was named the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2017. The two honors capped an outstanding career for Price, who not only was a two-time team captain, but who also set the record for starts and consecutive starts as a Buckeye with 55, respectively. He joined Elflein and Tyquan Lewis for the school record for games played, as well, at 55, meaning Price played in 55 games and started 55 times as a Buckeye.
He graduated in May 2017 with his degree in business administration with a specialization in operations management.