The second-round draft pick out of Kansas State is bespectacled, soft-spoken and cultivates a professorial look off the field as he frequently wears a tie, slacks and dress shoes. When he has the time, Brown, 23, can be found playing the piano or whipping up his favorite meal of salmon and sweet potatoes.
When training camp launches later this month at team headquarters, a faster, more assured Pierce could pay significant dividends for the Ravens as they attempt to defend their Super Bowl title. As the primary backup to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, Pierce is looking to emerge as a bigger scoring threat by finishing off long runs after scoring one touchdown last season when he occasionally flashed breakaway skills.
One of the more intriguing prospects in the 2013 NFL draft, at least among the ones who may be available when the Ravens pick No. 32 overall, is Kansas State inside linebacker Arthur Brown. Brown has drawn comparisons to former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
As the Ravens enter their final game of the regular season today against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ravens rookie Bernard Pierce is giving the organization a glimpse of what he can do with a little experience and a healthy body.