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Bernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce - #30 - RB

Height: 6-0 1/4
Weight: 218
Speed: 4.51
Arm: 31 1/2
Hand: 9 1/4
Wingspan: 76 1/2
Birthdate: 05/10/1991
Hometown: Ardmore, PA
Grade: 5.35


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/16/2012 Temple Pro Day 6-0 3/8 218 9 31 76 3/4 4.42 4.50 12.08 7.53
02/29/2012 Combine 6-0 1/4 218 9 1/4 31 1/2 76 1/2 4.47 17 10'3" 36 1/2 4.30 7.10



Also ran track, recording the fastest time in the state (10.6 seconds in the 100 meters), as a Pennsylvania prep. Was involved in a fight at school as sophomore and charges were filed after someone was seriously injured. He was sent to and finished his high school career at Glen Mills, a residential school for court-adjudicated males from 15 to 18 years old. As a true freshman in 2009, he set school records for yards and touchdowns after rushing 236 times for 1,361 yards and 16 touchdowns in 12 games (nine starts). Recorded back-to-back 200-yard games against Toledo (212) and Navy (267). Left the Army game early with a shoulder injury then suffered an unrelated injury to his shoulder on the first play against Kent State and missed the next week vs. Ohio before returning for Temple’s first bowl game in 30 years. Had an injury-plagued ’10 season but still gained 154-728-10 (4.7) in 10 games (five starts). Left the Central Michigan game with a hand injury, suffered a sprained right ankle vs. Penn State and was limited the next two weeks before ending the season with a pulled left hamstring. Had a stellar junior season in ’11, rushing for 273-1,481-27 (5.4) in 12 games (10 starts). Rushed for more than 100 yards a school-record nine times and set single-season records for rushing TDs and points scored (162). Missed the Miami (Ohio) game because of a concussion. Caught 19 passes for 178 yards (9.4-yard average) and one touchdown in his career. Fumbled six times in 682 career touches and gained 5.4 yards per carry.


Looks every bit the part. Excellent size and has a frame to add bulk. Shows natural run skills. Quick feet and good balance. Runs hard. Nice vision and patience to let holes develop. Good short-area burst. Senses the cutback and runs to daylight. Agile enough to bounce outside and can open up his stride in space. Has a nose for the goal line. 


Builds to speed and lacks an extra gear to break away. Runs upright. Average power and elusiveness. Minimal receiving production. Can tighten the screws to better protect the ball. Inflated production — piled up yards against poor run defenses and was held in check by Penn State. Has missed action every season because of injuries. Questionable toughness and desire — tends to bounce outside too often and does not like to be hit. Bench-pressed 225 pounds only 17 times at the Combine.


Big, productive runner who is effective with a slashing style. Is not a hammer, nor is he exceptionally elusive, and projects to a complementary role given his durability and toughness questions. Is a prime candidate to be overdrafted based on his size-speed ratio, but must prove he is willing to get dirty and wants to be great to realize his immense potential.

Bernard Pierce's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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