Bernard Pierce 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Player Name: Bernard Pierce
Position: Running Back
Weight: 218 lbs.
40-Time: 4.49 (NFL Combine), 4.34 (Pro Day)
Pierce had a very productive three seasons at Temple, earning first team All-MAC honors all three seasons despite missing time due to injury. In 2011, he set a single-season school record with 27 rushing touchdowns along with 1,481 rushing yards despite starting just 10 games. He had a solid showing at the NFL Combine, as he ran the 40-yard dash faster than expected and tested well.
- Has a big frame that could allow him to add bulk and has a strong, compact build overall
- Has quick feet and good lateral agility, and runs with good balance
- Shows good short area quickness and burst
- Is a patient runner with good instincts and vision; lets holes develop
- Runs hard, and does not shy away from contact
- Runs upright, which makes him susceptible to injury
- Had limited production as a pass receiver in college, and will need work in pass protection
- Has durability concerns, and at times did not look healthy even when active during his collegiate career
- Exhibits only average power and elusiveness
- Has to build up to speed
Pierce is not one of the most highly regarded running back prospects in this year’s class, as his level of competition in college is a big question along with his durability issues. He did possibly put to rest some concerns about his lack of great speed by running well during the pre-draft process, but how successful he can be at the NFL level comes down to how fast he plays and finding the right role. Pierce should go off the board somewhere in the middle rounds of the draft, possibly as high as the third round but more likely he will be chosen in the fourth or fifth round. All in all, he could be a productive part of a running back committee where the things he does well can be utilized best.
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