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First-round at a glance: Price tag


Who: Billy Price

What: Center, Ohio State

Where: First round, 21st pick

Hometown: Austintown, Ohio

Specs: 6-3, 305 pounds

Recent center draft history: 2017-J.J. Dielman, Utah, fifth round; 2014-Russell Bodine, North Carolina, fourth round; 2013-T.J. Johnson, South Carolina, seventh round 

Why: It's believed he replaces four-year starter Russell Bodine in the wake of his departure to free agency with 64 starts.

Did you know? With 55 he passed University of Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell's school record for starts and consecutive starts of 50, set between 1993-96. Price and Tyquan Lewis  tied center Pat Elflein's school record for most games played by an Ohio State football player: 55.

What the experts are saying: "Price is an ultra-safe pick … He's smart, powerful, and athletic enough to handle any of the three interior roles."

What the Bengals are saying:  "His leadership, attitude, smarts … I think it's the way (offensive line) coach Frank Pollack described it. He's all business. That's the guy you want making your calls." Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor

What he's saying:  "I try to impose my will on people and be able to finish guys and be able to set that tone. Make it a war with the people across from me mentally. And physically."

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