RB Bernard Pierce, Temple


Ravens, 3rd round. Temple: Junior who has declared for 2012 draft. Great size. Average hand size.

Positives: Adequate speed. Very good track speed. Good balance. Hard to arm tackle, and usually falls forward. Gets skinny through line. When contact is coming, gets low and gains extra yards. Fair balance after contact. Patient. Fair vision and change-of-direction skills.

Negatives: Below-average burst on game film, but appeared improved at Combine. Below-average hands and has trouble tracking passes over shoulder. Below-average upper-body strength. A little upright in short-yardage situations, negating his power.

Projection: With Ravens, has long-term RB2 potential. He’ll never beat Ray Rice, and I don’t think he’ll beat Anthony Allen for the backup RB position, but may provide enough anyway to be worth stashing on a roster.

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