Syracuse’s spread, volume passing game features a significant amount of targets to its wide receivers but Pierce offered a potent change-of-pace option for the Orange and deserves and more expansive role in his senior season.
Pierce is a fluid mover with enough mobility to challenge the seam and separate from man coverage. He illustrates soft hands and sound ball tracking skills to secure over-the-shoulder throws. He isn’t a big-bodied, physical catch point winner but can get loose in the secondary and find space as a receiver.
While doesn’t have the look or build of an in-line blocking tight end, Syracuse uses him in that capacity and he gives an honest effort. Pierce doesn’t project as a guy that is going to exchange power in the trenches in the NFL, his ability to win as a move blocker flexed wide or in the backfield is an asset.
Pierce has modest production to date in college but he deserves more chances to make plays and that could come in 2018 and lead to him hearing his name called next April.