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Shurron Pierson

DE | (0-0, 243) | South Florida
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Opted to declare for the NFL draft after three years in college and two years of football. Has run in the 4.5 range on a very fast track. Was a top track and football player in high school, when he ran a 22.83 in the 200 and played wide receiver, defensive back and defensive end. Academically ineligible in 2000. Had 10 sacks -- nine of which came in the final four games of the season -- 12 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in '01, starting nine games after he played the first two as a reserve. Had 32 tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and blocked a kick in '02, when he started all 11 games. Is a top athlete, who has a benchpress of more than 480 pounds, squats 600 pounds and has a vertical jump of 39½ inches.

Positives: Very quick, explosive and athletic. Great first step. Good to outstanding straight-line speed and has great ability to close on the quarterback. Makes plays on the ball from behind. Takes initial punch, maintains balance, and can win battles on his second move. Plays the ball well and can drop into zone and cover an area. Moves well laterally.

Negatives: Raw and one-dimensional. Lacks the size to play defensive end in the NFL. Is more of an athlete wearing shoulder pads. Takes himself out of position too often by surging upfield on first move. Struggles and is far less effective working back inside. Doesn't know or understand how to use his hands. Has to be schooled on assignments and reminded to contain. Not great in pass coverage overall, which could keep him from playing linebacker.

Summary: Developmental prospect who has a spot in the NFL but teams will need to give him a year to either evolve into a defensive end or learn how to play linebacker while using him as a situational type of player.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.