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Price’s speed impresses at pro day

Devon Price set the career reception record at Ohio Northern during his senior season. (photo/ ONU Sports Information)

On Monday, senior Devon Price posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.45 seconds at Bowling Green State University’s pro day, a time that would have tied for the 5th-fastest amongst receivers at the NFL Combine.

Price’s time finishes behind receivers such as Notre Dame’s Will Fuller (ranked as the 3rd best receiver in the draft by CBS Sports), TCU’s Kolby Listenbee (ranked 14th), Auburn’s Ricardo Louis (ranked 32nd) and California’s Trevor Davis (ranked 45th).

Last week, Price and his agent, Bardia Ghahremani, agreed that a fast 40-yard dash time would be crucial for his exposure heading into the draft. They believed that he needed to get a good time in order for NFL scouts to gain interest and look at his film, because of his lack of pre-draft hype as a Division III player.

On Monday, Price feels as if he accomplished that goal.

“Today was a great opportunity for myself,” Price said. “I feel I performed well and I’m happy with my results. I honestly wish I would have ran a little faster but it’s OK. I was able to talk to several scouts after the pro day and each scout gave me positive feedback, so I’m happy.”

A tweet from ONU Head Coach Dean Paul showed the amount of attention that Price attracted from scouts after the session:

Scouts circling @d__p3 after workout. Good day for #3. #PolarBearPride pic.twitter.com/UEvy9j8N2z

— dean paul (@coachDeanPaul) March 14, 2016

Price nearly matched the 40-yard dash time of Bowling Green State wide receiver Roger Lewis (4.38), who is projected to be a fourth-round draft pick by CBS Sports. Last week, Price mentioned that he chose to attend BGSU’s pro day so that the scouts could see him compete against a high-profile prospect like Lewis.

“I wanted to go to BG because they had a receiver that went to the NFL Combine (Roger Lewis), and he was rated in the Top 20,” Price said. “I wanted to go there to compare my numbers to his in person, so the scouts can see it.”

The NFL gave Price the option to go to either BGSU’s or Toledo’s pro day, because Ohio Northern does not have a pro day of its own (BGSU was the closest pro day in proximity, Toledo is his hometown).

Price chose to attend BGSU’s pro day not only to compete against top-notch receivers like Lewis, but also to be able to pass and catch with quarterback Matt Johnson in the skill portion of the session. Price met Johnson at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January, and the two have worked out together since.

Price also recorded a 4.25-second shuttle run, 6.99 seconds on the 3-cone drill, a 33-inch vertical and eight reps on the 225-pound bench press at Monday’s pro day.

#NFLProDay Update: @ONUsports WR Devon Price @d__p3 5' 10" 187 lbs 40-Yard Dash 4.45, Shuttle 4.25, 3-Cone 6.99, Vert 33", 225 8 Reps

— Int'l Sports Agency (@isasports) March 14, 2016

Price’s success on Monday follows a legendary senior season at ONU, where he broke the career reception record at Northern and was named an All-American. With the help of Ghahremani and International Sports Agency, Price was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January, where he was the only Division III player on either roster. After that, he trained in Texas for eight weeks before competing in BGSU’s pro day.

According to Price, the next step in the process is potential private workouts with different NFL teams. The NFL draft is nearly six weeks away, and Ghahremani said last week that he believes in Price’s potential as an NFL prospect.

“Devon possesses the ability to play in the NFL,” Ghahremani said. “I keep telling him, ‘You just need to get an opportunity. If you get drafted, it’s just icing on top.’”