Ravens trade up to select Temple running back Bernard Pierce


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The Baltimore Ravens traded up in the third round of the NFL Draft Friday evening to draft Bernard Pierce, a running back out of Temple University, with the 84th overall pick.

Baltimore traded the 164th overall selection, a fifth-round pick, to the Atlanta Falcons in order to move up seven spots in the third round and snag Pierce, who will likely compete with Anthony Allen to take over as Ray Rice’s backup.

In 2009, the 6-foot, 215-pound Pierce won the Mid-American Conference freshman of the year award after rushing for 1,361 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Owls.

Pierce, who will turn 21 next month, left Temple after his junior season. He finished second in school history with 3,570 rushing yards and his 663 rushing attempts were third all-time at Temple.