Bengals draft picks who could be cut – No. 3: Billy Price
Sticking with the offensive line, is it really any surprise to see Billy Price included on this list? The Bengals spent a first-round pick on the Ohio State center in the 2018 NFL Draft and he has not been worthy of the first-round grade, that’s for sure.
Price started just one game for the Bengals last year and that’s not ideal for a former first-round selection. At the same time, however, the Bengals couldn’t justify starting Price with how poorly he performed. He received a PFF grade of 50.7 in just 208 snaps played. That’s not what the Bengals had in mind for Price when they made him the No. 21 pick three years ago.
Trey Hopkins, an undrafted free agent out of Texas, has taken over at the center position and the Bengals’ offensive line is better when Hopkins is the anchor of the line. Price clearly is a draft bust and one of the Bengals’ biggest busts in recent years and it wouldn’t be shocking at all if Price was cut over the summer.
The only thing saving Price at this point is Hopkins’ injury. If Hopkins isn’t able to give it a go, Price will be the starting center, as sixth-round rookie Trey Hill is nowhere near ready to be a starter.