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Given the regularity with which the University of Iowa churns out NFL-caliber offensive linemen, it took some by surprise when Pierschbacher (pronounced piersch-baker) opted to leave his home state to sign with the Crimson Tide.
No one is likely questioning that decision now, however, with Pierschbacher having started 56 games over the past four seasons for Alabama. Few programs can boast the NFL pipeline the Crimson Tide have build, and Pierschbacher was able to compete for national titles against top competition week in and week out.
Pierschbacher is not the elite athlete likely to earn much buzz during pre-draft buildup but his pro-ready game, versatility and reliability virtually guarantees that he'll be drafted. Don't be surprised if it doesn't happen until Day Three - or when Pierschbacher makes the roster.
Four-year starter with his first three seasons outside at guard (26 at LG, 13 at RG) before making the successful transition as a redshirt senior to center - where he projects best in the NFL. As his experience suggests, Pierschbacher is battle-tested and technically-sound, routinely sealing off bigger, stronger defenders with his savvy, hand placement and underrated agility. Above-average initial quickness and agility for a center, showing the burst and body control to pull and adjust to linebackers at the second level. Good balance and lateral agility to mirror in pass protection.
More quick and controlled than colossal or country-strong, Pierschbacher is not the powerful drive-blocker many associate with the Crimson Tide's typically-dominant running game. He showed just average strength in the bench press (20 reps), which aligns with his tape. Lacks the length (32 1/8" arms) teams are looking for at guard and therefore may not offer the positional versatility that his college background suggests.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media