Cincinnati is trading center Billy Price to New York in exchange for interior defensive lineman B.J. Hill. Price, the 21st pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, started all 10 games he played as a rookie but has made just nine starts over the last two seasons. He's graded under 60.0 in all three of his seasons in the NFL.
Like Price, Hill is also entering the final year of his rookie contract. Drafted with a third-round pick in 2018, Hill racked up six sacks in his first year but quickly fell out of the rotation after the team added more talent on the interior.
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Price's 46.7 PFF grade ranks 105th among the 106 interior offensive linemen with 1,200-plus offensive snaps played since 2018. His career grade is also the fifth-lowest mark of any player from the 2018 NFL Draft class with 1,000-plus snaps.
Price played 48 snaps in the 2021 NFL preseason and earned a 38.3 PFF grade, 65th among the 69 centers who played at least 40 total snaps.
Price has logged a similar number of snaps at center (698) and guard (655) since entering the NFL in 2018, and he could feasibly step in at any of the three interior positions for New York.
Billy Price: PFF grades and rank since 2018 (rank among players with 200-plus snaps)
|2020||208||50.7||37 of 43|
|2019||588||41.9||89 of 92*|
|2018||558||55.6||33 of 39|
*Rank among offensive guards
Hill ranks 32nd among the 91 interior defensive linemen with 1,000 or more defensive snaps played since 2018. He’s earned a 73.0-plus PFF grade in each of the past two seasons, as well.
The Bengals had a lot riding on projected starters D.J. Reader and Larry Ogunjobi remaining healthy, with questionable depth behind them at defensive tackle. Hill gives Cincinnati another feasible option to turn to in the case of injury.
Hill ranks in the 72nd percentile of qualifying interior defensive linemen in run-defense grade over the past three years. That is an area the Bengals need to improve after allowing 4.9 yards per run play in 2020, 31st in NFL.
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