The first draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts, Alec Pierce, has started his NFL career by impressing with a dominant rookie minicamp.
The Indianapolis Colts held their rookie minicamp from Friday, May 13, to Sunday, May 15. Many fans were nervous when it was reported that Indy’s top pick, wide receiver Alec Pierce, left Friday’s practice early.
However, it was believed to be just a dehydration issue and Pierce returned the next day. Everything that was reported after Pierce’s return is exactly what fans want to hear about a team’s top pick.
Several reporters who were able to watch practice commented about how dominant Pierce was amongst other rookies. The theme was that Pierce has great hands, and great jumping ability, and was able to use both assets to thrive in the red zone.
Alec Pierce dominant in Colts rookie minicamp
Obviously, a three-day rookie minicamp is a long way away from being dominant on a fall Sunday during real games, but this is something to be excited about.
Even if it’s just rookie minicamp, Pierce looking dominant is much better than the alternative of him struggling. Additionally, it seems like he’s immediately translating the skills that made him dominant in college.
At Cincinnati, Pierce used his big body, speed, and jumping ability to routinely get downfield and rise above defenders to snag the football.
That resulted in 106 receptions for 1,851 yards, and 13 touchdowns. His 17.5 yards per catch is exactly the type of explosiveness the Colts need on offense.
Now, the hope is that Pierce can remain this dominant throughout the offseason when the process begins to get tougher. Soon, Pierce will be in camp with veterans, and eventually, he will be matched up against another new addition to Indianapolis, Stephon Gilmore.
If these kinds of reports about Alec Pierce continue to emerge from Colts’ practices, fans will be extremely excited about the rookie’s regular-season debut.
It seems like he’s starting with a great foundation as a big play, jump-ball receiver, and working with Reggie Wayne, Pierce could evolve into a complete receiver and help Indy’s offense tremendously.