Dameon Pierce is a strong weight room guy with a unique style to his game. Pierce became the full-time starter in 2020 during the covid season, replacing Malik Davis who was expected to take the majority of carries. Pierce has the size and strength to be an NFL running back, but his speed is less than ideal. The part of his game that will hold him back is the fact that he wasn’t really utilized in pass protection, and that he’s a below-average receiver. His impact on the field is limited by his lack of schematic traits.

Pierce best projects as a rotational back in the NFL who will be used as a third-down back in a spread system. Pierce won’t be replacing anyone early in his career but is suitable depth in case of injuries. We can see Pierce on a practice squad the first couple of years in the league before getting a rotational role somewhere.

The Measurables

Dameon Pierce

RB – #27 Florida

HT: 5093
WT: 215
WING: 7300
ARM: 3048
HAND: 928
DOB: 2/19/2000

Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Bainbridge (Bainbridge, GA)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9209)
Phil Steele: PS#13

Dameon Pierce Scouting Report

Flashes good speed to outrun edge defenders to the boundary. Has decent speed but won’t win footraces in the secondary. Has some cutback ability, although he isn’t particularly adept or explosive at it. Very shifty and shows that he can be elusive. Wants to be a player capable of shifty moves, but doesn’t always have the body control to pull it off.

Has some power ability in his game. Capable of shrugging arm tackles. Doesn’t show the ability to run through the arm tackle as he can get knocked off track by it. Has excellent acceleration after his first step. Struggles to gather speed once he works through a contested hole. Doesn’t explode off of the arm tackle like you’d like to see. Flashes some explosive ability. Excellent patience. Works well with his blockers. Typically works well confusing defenders.

Does not switch arms to put the ball on the sideline – not comfortable carrying the ball with his left arm. Shows the ability to break tackles for extra yards. Excellent contact balance once in the secondary. Has great size that makes him difficult to bring down. Decent hands can make him a capable receiver out of the backfield in space. Does not catch well through contact. Flashes the ability to run routes well. Creates separation with quick, concise cuts.

What we want to see from Dameon Pierce in Mobile

  • Running backs are much more difficult to evaluate at the Senior Bowl, or any all star game for that matter. The things that we can look at what he can add to the pass game. Pierce was a decent receiver who contributed in the passing game for Florida his entire career. Can he show that consistency that we want to see as a receiver matched up against safeties?

Pre-Senior Bowl Projection

Dameon Pierce is a solid running back who is a very talented pure runner, but that’s not the style that works as well in this league anymore. Because of the lack of usage that he projects into a system, Pierce’s value is very limited.

We project Pierce as a seventh-round/priority free agent player. His invitation to the Senior Bowl means that teams are interested in him and because of that, there is a chance that he will be drafted. If he can show that he is consistently a capable receiver, he can solidify his name in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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