Bernard Pierce scouting report

Bernard Pierce RB Temple #30
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 218
 
Strengths:
Good overall size and strength. A strong, tough between-the-tackles runner. Strong legs allow him to consistently fight through arm tackles. Quick feet; surprisingly shifty in tight spaces for a guy his size. Has a nice spin move to avoid head-on collisions.
Weaknesses:
Not very explosive. Speed is very average. Doesn’t make guys miss; will take a pounding at the next level. Relies heavily on his spin move, to the point where it’s predictable. Rarely used as a receiver out of the backfield. Gives a solid effort as a blocker, but struggles with blitz recognition at times. Missed time with ankle injuries in 2010 and 2011. Missed time with a shoulder injury in 2009.
Comments:
Pierce has the size and strength to be effective in the NFL and could potentially develop into an adequate starter. However, there are serious concerns about his ability to stay healthy, which are compounded by his physical running style. Pierce definitely has some upside if healthy, but under no circumstances should he be drafted under the assumption that he will be a full-time feature back.
Videos:
2011 vs Wyoming (bowl game)
2011 vs Maryland 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Leave a comment

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