Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price was the team's top defensive player in 2016. Despite that, he was the last of five NFL Draft picks from the Panthers, being taken in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Rams.
Late-round picks are no guarantee to stick to rosters. But Turf Show Times, SB Nation's Rams blog, thinks he has a decent shot. He isn't a likely starter as the Rams have Pro Bowler Robert Quinn at his position but he should have a better than average chance to make the team. The site believes he will ultimately back up Quinn:
As a late round rookie, Price will slide in as a 3-4 OLB in the new scheme under Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips. It was reported that earlier in the offseason, he was working at WLB (ROLB), which is currently held by former Pro-Bowler Robert Quinn.
Price will likely be Quinn’s immediate backup and joins a group of two veterans (Quinn and Barwin), and a fellow rookie in Samson Ebukam.
As the immediate backup to Robert Quinn, and a polished player specifically as a pass rusher, Price offers a versatile skill set in a league starved for pass rushers. Also, the Rams are thin at the OLB spot, which only helps Price’s chances.
Additionally, Turf Show Times gives Price an 80% chance of making the team. Price is, of course, joined by fellow Pitt star Aaron Donald.
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