NAME: Ross Pierschbacher
POSITION: Interior Offensive Lineman
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 71
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 304 lbs
PROS: Size and frame are desirable for the position. Plays with pretty good hand placement and pad level in the run game. Clean, explosive pulls. Erupts out of his stance on outside zone to gain an early step on his opponent.
Works hard to seal off lanes with good body positioning. When he times up his strikes, has the length and strength to lock up his opponent. Sets up quickly out of his stance, playing flatbacked with a good base.
CONS: Limited athlete who plays very upright in pass protection, exposing a lot of surface area. Opponents too easily get into his frame and dictate terms. Often late with his hands in pass protection, losing control of 1v1 exchanges early in the rep. More athletic defenders will challenge him on his edge. Susceptible to counters.
Gets over-extended in the run game and struggles to sustain blocks cleanly. Doesn’t arrive to blocks with a violence, especially as a puller. Very little movement created at the point of attack in the run game. Constantly stuck in stalemates, and very rarely able to have his way with opponents.