Florida tailback Dameon Pierce’s draft inventory has been climbing as rapid as any individual given that his head-turning Senior Bowl week a few months ago.
The Houston Texans took discover and did not make Pierce wait lengthy on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, grabbing him early in the fourth round with the No. 107 variety.
Pierce was the 3rd Florida participant drafted, signing up for cornerback Kaiir Elam, selected in 1st-spherical pick at No. 23 by the Buffalo Expenses, and defensive lineman Zachary Carter, a 3rd-spherical pick by the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 95.
The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Pierce was one particular of the dazzling spots all through the Gators’ disappointing 2021 period. The fourth-yr senior’s 16 touchdowns ended up the most by a Florida participant because Tim Tebow’s 23 throughout his 2007 Heisman-successful year.
The really hard-charging Pierce also recorded the highlight of the season when he misplaced his helmet for the duration of a Nov. 27 landing run versus Florida Point out. The dropped helmet finished the perform thanks to protection concerns and negated a landing that includes Pierce imposing his will on numerous Seminoles defenders.
Pierce’s effort won him even further favor with the Florida fanbase that already had embraced the Bainbridge, Georgia, indigenous for his energy, output and persona.
The problem about Pierce involved why he did not get the soccer extra.
Pierce’s 100 carries were among a three-tailback rotation that includes Malik Davis (92 carries) and Nay’Quan Wright (76). Pierce’s common of 5.7 yards per have was the finest of the trio, as was his common of 11.4 yards on 19 catches, a few of them ending in touchdowns.
Pierce’s means to shield the passer stood out at the Senior Bowl, where by he acquired rave evaluations for his blitz decide on-ups. The 22-calendar year-aged also ran with physicality and decisiveness as he ended the 7 days deemed the very best back on either squad in Cell, Alabama.
Prior to the Senior Bowl, Pierce was a bit beneath the radar, but many believe that his ability established translates far better to the skilled match.
Pierce will sign up for a rebuilding Texans squad coming off a 4-13 time. Pierce is the highest-drafted Florida functioning again because Matt Jones was the 95th decide in 2015.
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