Pierce was named to several freshman All-America and All-Conference teams in 2000 after posting 38 tackles with 6 tackles for loss, then honored as the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year as a red-shirt frosh. He was also awarded All-Academic honors during his K-State career.
According to the scouting report on Pierce, he is a "Game impacting defender who makes plays all over the field. Breaks down well, quick changing direction and displays great range. Fluid to the flanks, quickly fills the gaps and redirects to the action. Hard hitting, very sudden and leaves ball carriers stunned at the point of attack. Runs well and effectively covers tight ends downfield."
On the downside, according to one report, Pierce "lacks a sense of timing, plays out of control and overpursues the action. Does not always take the best angles. Must improve his hand technique getting off blocks." Overall, however, the outlook is good. Here's the wrap-up from the NFL Draft Insiders' report: "Possesses a tremendous amount of innate abilities and has been a productive college defender who makes plays. May take some time adjusting to the pro style defense but should be starting midway through his rookie campaign."