The Ravens traded up in the third round Friday night to select Bernard Pierce, a running back from Temple, with the 84th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
They gave the Atlanta Falcons the 164th overall selection, a fifth-round pick, to move up seven slots in the third round and grab the 6-foot, 215-pound Pierce, who will likely inherit Ricky Williams job as the backup to Ray Rice.
Im happy to be a Raven, said Pierce, who left Temple a year early after rushing for 3,570 yards and 53 touchdowns in three seasons there. You want me to get that short yardage, that fourth-and-one, third-and-short Im a big back. Im not going to go down very easily. Im going to fight for those extra yards.
Pierce enjoyed his greatest college game against the University of Maryland at Byrd Stadium last fall, rushing for 147 yards and five touchdowns as Temple destroyed the Terps, 38-7.
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said late Friday that Pierce would compete with Anthony Allen, the team's 2011 seventh-round pick, and practice squadder Damien Berry for the No. 2 running back job behind Rice.
But seeing as the Ravens traded up to get Pierce, expect him to get the job.
"We looked at our board and most of the players we wanted were bring picked," Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said. "We had the additional (fifth-round) pick and thought the value of going up to get Bernard was worth it.
"He's a one-cut runner with some size. That's the style of runner we're using right now."
Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' director of player personnel, acknowledge that the team didn't know much about Pierce as recently as January, but began to catch up on him once he declared he was turning pro.
"He's impressive," DeCosta said. "What we like about him is (he has) a burst. That's what good runners have."