BIO: Rotated in and out of the lineup as a senior catching 11 passes for 84 yards. Had career numbers of 19/258/3 as a junior in 2001. Tore an ACL in his left knee during the 2002 season opener at Boston College and missed the season.
POSITIVES: Once promising tight end prospect whose career was severely set back by the knee injury of 2002. Solid athlete who quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, Extends his hands and offers the quarterback a solid short-range target. Big, out-muscles opponents and looks the ball into his hands. Strong at the point as a blocker, works hard and drives defenders off the line.
NEGATIVES: Not fast and lacks the speed to make plays into the defensive secondary. Does not possess the great bulk for an in-line blocker and lacks footwork in pass protection.
ANALYSIS: A fine athlete and well-rounded tight end, Pierce displayed steady progression through his junior campaign prior to the injury. If medically cleared to play, should be brought into camp for a look as he holds some long-term potential.