Ross Pierschbacher

Alabama

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
IA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
307 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.33
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Washington
Redskins
Round 5 ‧ Pick 15
40 Yard Dash
5.2u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
22.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
--
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.83
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.7
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Though Pierschbacher (pronounced piersch-baker) grew up between the homes of Hawkeyes and Cyclones in Iowa, the lure of playing for the hugely successful Crimson Tide program was too great an opportunity to pass. The four-star recruit and Parade All-American redshirted his first year on campus but then stepped into the starting lineup for all 14 games at left guard, earning SEC All-Freshman team recognition. Pierschbacher started all 15 games in 2016 (two at left guard, 13 at right guard) and began 12 games at left guard in 2017. He missed time his junior year with a high ankle sprain. In 2018, he was named AP second-team All-American. Pierschbacher moved to center as a senior, starting all 15 games and earning second-team All-SEC honors and second-team All-American accolades from the Associated Press.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Matt Skura
Overview
Four-year starter and cerebral interior line prospect who proved to be consistent and technically sound in Alabama's varied run schemes over the years. Pierschbacher plays with good initial quickness and is likely to be targeted by teams looking for move-oriented run blockers. He might lack the mass and power teams would like to see from him as a guard, but he's close to pro ready from an experience and technique standpoint and could find early playing time as an average starting center within the first two years.
Strengths
  • Good size with starting experience at center and guard
  • Has plus snap-to-step quickness to fit up in his blocks
  • Smooth and fluid when asked to come out of stance and pull
  • Skip pulls, long pulls and outsize zone blocks are in his wheelhouse
  • Has good radar to find and connect on second-level blocks
  • Patient approach working up to linebackers and able to make contact against side-stepping linebackers
  • Consistent with base width and punch balance in pass pro
  • Shoots hands with efficient, inside track and proper placement
  • Smooth lateral shuffle to mirror
  • Adequate balance through contact
Weaknesses
  • Sound technician but lacking in functional power and leg drive
  • Doesn't generate bend/leverage necessary to scoop out the roots as down blocker
  • Creates marginal movement or advantage from his initial contact at point of attack
  • Will do a little too much waist bending when engaging with linebackers up on second level
  • Inconsistent re-setting hands to gain defender's frame when working against length
  • Will likely struggle to protect his edges as a pro
  • Redirect strength is below average
  • Doesn't have enough anchor to maintain balance in pass protection against quick-twitch power
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league