NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope
The Patriots were looking for another fast and dynamic outside receiving weapon when they drafted Taylor Price out of Ohio with the No. 90 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Price, however, never materialized into a productive NFL player.
In less than two full seasons with the Patriots, Price caught only three passes for 41 yards, all of which came in the final game of his rookie season. He never fit into the Patriots’ offense, and was released by the end of his second season with the team.
Price was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but only caught two passes for the Jaguars in a two-game stint. He spent the 2012 season on injured reserve with a foot injury, and his future with the team is unclear going forward to 2013.
It is not exactly clear why Price’s career never materialized for the Patriots, but though he showed promise as a draft prospect, his game has not translated to NFL success. Productive receivers selected after him in the 2010 draft include Mike Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, USC) and Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers, Central Michigan).
The Patriots had a very good overall draft in 2010, but even with that said, players selected in the first three rounds are always expected to contribute to some degree. They got virtually nothing from Price, making the pick a failure.
Correction: A previous version of this post stated that Price was out of the NFL. Price is still on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster, but has not played since 2011.