UCLA defensive lineman Brian Price, a potential first round draft prospect, has scheduled a visit with the Saints along with several other NFL teams including the Chargers and Eagles.
Price has garnered alot on interest from NFL clubs after an impressive pro day and combine workout. At 6’1, 301 pounds Price is a physical specimen with surprising speed and athleticism.
He has impresssed NFL scouts with his aggressiveness, quickness and ability to penetrate the backfield and is higly regarded for his work ethic.
At the combine he benched pressed 225 pounds 34 times, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.12 seconds, posted a 28 1/2 inch vertical leap and an 8-foot broad jump, all numbers backed up by his pro day performance.
Currently Price is ranked as the 33rd best propect in this years draft and the 5th best defensive lineman, the Saints hold the 32nd pick overall which may be the perfect place to take him.
The Saints have aimed at re-building their defensive line this off-season but have been limited on how many free agents they can bring in for visits.
Under the current experying collective bargaining agreement there is a rule that states that the final four play-off teams can only pursue free agents once they have lost one of their own.
After the departure of linebacker Scott Fujita to the Cleveland Brows the Saints finally had a little breathing room and did schedule meetings with several free agent lineman only to lose them to opposing teams.
Price would certainly bring a much needed boost to the defensive line and most likely become an instant starter along side 2008 first round draft pick Sedrick Ellis.