INDIANAPOLIS – Ohio State's highly touted center, Billy Price, suffered a pectoral injury while performing on the bench press on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine.
The 6-foot-3 3/4, 305-pound Price stepped up for his lifting session and only performed three reps on the bench before appearing to grab his left pectoral and re-racking the weight. On Friday, Price said he suffered a partially torn pec but promised to be ready by the start of training camp.
"I'm not worried about this at all. This is something where I'm gonna come back stronger," Price said.
Price, who the Remington Trophy as the nation's top center in 2017 and was a unanimous first-team All-American selection, is graded as a second-round prospect by PFW's Greg Gabriel. There have been reports he was projected as a possible top-50 selection prior to the injury.
Price tied the Buckeyes' record — set by Pat Elflein — with 55 consecutive starts at OSU. Elflein was a third-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings last year and started as a rookie for the NFC North champs.
Price came to Indy as one of the stronger interior linemen. He measured in with 32-inch arms and was expected to put up a big number on the bench.
"You're gonna really have to put a bullet between us Ohio State guys' eyes to put us down," he said. "So I'm looking to get back out there and whatever team ends up selecting me, we're going to be 100 percent going into it."