2021 Season Countdown: #101 Elijah Pierre
Name: Elijah Pierre
Weight: 297 lbs.
High school: Rockland (MA) Xaverian Brothers
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Sixth year senior
Jersey number: #72
Last year: I did not rank Pierre. He did not play.
TTB Rating: N/A
Pierre plays every Michigan fan’s favorite position: defensive tackle! This is exciting, right?
But some of you have never heard of Elijah Pierre, so let me back up. Pierre graduated from Xavier Brothers – home of Maurice Hurst, Jr. – in the class of 2016. He attended Brown University from 2016-2019 and used the graduate transfer rule to spend one more season playing college football at Michigan. Of course, the 2020 season did not go according to plan, and a 6’1″, 297 lb. tackle wasn’t going to solve the problem presented by a lack of size on the defensive line. Perhaps a couple games against MAC schools may have shown him some playing time, but those didn’t happen.
Moving into the 2021 season, Pierre is probably once against on the outside looking in. He doesn’t have great size for a team that is looking for beef on the interior. Plus Michigan nabbed four defensive tackles in the 2021 recruiting class. While he may have a weight advantage on a few of those guys, the coaches will probably try to develop young guys rather than find snaps for a player in his sixth year of college football. While it’s nice to have an experienced player available (Pierre made 26 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks at Brown), he will probably be watching from the sideline for most of the year.
Prediction: Backup defensive tackle