Alec Pierce NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report
Name: Alec Pierce
The school: Cincinnati
Position: wide receiver
Measurable: 6’3 1/8″ 211 pounds
Pierce started at Glenbard West High School in Illinois. He was a consensus 3-star hopeful. He played both in attack and defense. He also played volleyball, basketball and track and field. Her father Greg played at Northwestern and her mother also played volleyball. In his first year at Cincinnati, he played mostly on special teams, collecting six tackles. For 2019, he played in all 14 games, starting in 13. Pierce was second on the team with 37 receptions, 652 yards, and two touchdowns. He averages 17.6 yards per catch. He also played on special teams and recorded three tackles. For his junior season, he only played six games due to injury. He underwent knee arthroscopy. In those six games, he had 17 catches for 315 yards, 18.5 yards per catch and three touchdowns. In his final season, Pierce played his best. He had a career-high 52 catches for 867 yards, eight touchdowns and 17.34 yards per catch. The former Bearcat was selected and played in the Senior Bowl. Pierce also attended the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He measured with 9-inch hands, 33-inch arms and ran an official 4.41 with a 7.13 3 cone and a 4.28 short shuttle.
Pierce is a muscular receiver with long arms. The main receiver uses his long arms to catch balls over the defensive back’s head. He shows good tenacity and good technique as a blocker. In the cinema, it shows very good speed in a straight line. Pierce is one of those receivers who has “sneaky” speed. He’s getting on defensive backs before they know it. The former Bearcat has positional versatility. He lined up left and right and in the slot as well. Pierce does a good job of finding holes in zone coverage and slowing down or settling into those holes to give his quarterback a throwing window. On film, he does a good job of showing late hands, making it difficult for defensive backs to drop the ball into men’s coverage. Pierce shows strong hands, good concentration and rarely drops a ball. He showed route release head bobs and exterior release counterfeits. His 40-inch vertical jump and 10’9-inch wide jump appear on film where he can jump high and get those 50/50 jump balls. His experience in volleyball also contributes to this. He is a good slot machine receiver due to his size and speed, he is either too big for most slot machine defensive backs or too fast. In film, the former Bearcat shows some strength after capture.
Pierce has very average foot speed which can be seen in his running route where when he makes his cuts he can sometimes round his routes or he gets too jerky. His career overall could still be better and more precise. He is also not much a yard past the threat of capture. The 6’3 receiver usually gets what’s there and that’s about it. Its route release package is somewhat limited. Because as big as he is, we would like to see him use his strength more after the take, he goes down a little too easily sometimes. Despite running fast 40 times, it takes Pierce a few steps to reach full speed. The former volleyball player comes out of the line too big, negating some of his explosiveness. They didn’t run the most complicated road tree in Cincinnati. He jumped for a few balls he didn’t have to do with his speed, thus losing momentum and a possible chance at the YAC.
Compatibility with Packers:
Pierce would be a perfect fit for the Packers. His strengths match what they prefer in the wide receiver. He’s tall, tall, has long arms, is fast, an effective and willing blocker, has experience on special teams and can line up at any receiver position. He’s been compared to Jordy Nelson a lot, and he’s probably the best comp for him. There are, however, some differences. Jordy was faster and a better YAC threat; Pierce, however, has better straight-line speed and is a better jumper. His upside may not be as high as Jordy’s, but he can be a high-quality No. 2 receiver.