Photo of Bernard Pierce
Drafted By: Ravens
  • Round 3
  • Pick 21
  • Overall 84

Combine Results

Grade
71.0 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "What I like about Pierce is that he has better feet for a big guy than you would think. For the Ravens, anybody who can step in and take some of the load off of Ray Rice, that's a good thing."

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 218LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Pierce is an early-entry junior who had a very productive career at Temple. He is an athletic back who had a tough time staying healthy, which could be a concern for teams. He has good vision and can cut back across the field when jammed up. He isn't very powerful and likely would excel working within a zone-blocking offense in which he can take one cut and go. He has middle-round value.

Analysis

Strengths

Pierce is an upright, one-cut runner who has a good feel for working between the tackles. He is able to get a natural lean to cut up and avoid trash at the point of attack, and does a good job of bracing for contact to deliver blows. He is a natural mover in short areas who is capable of being productive in the right scheme. He can elude in space and has a feel for getting to daylight.

Weaknesses

Pierce won't be capable of many big-time plays due to his average speed. He struggles to recognize blitzes and has a tough time with knee bend.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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