Alec Pierce, former UC Bearcats receiver, signs four-year deal with Indianapolis Colts

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Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Alec Pierce (12) collects a pass during warm ups ahead in the of the College Football Playoff semifinal game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the 86th Cotton Bowl Classic, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Alec Pierce (12) collects a pass during warm ups ahead in the of the College Football Playoff semifinal game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the 86th Cotton Bowl Classic, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

With several Cincinnati Bearcats looking to join the New York Jets' Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner among 2022 NFL Draft picks, receiver Alec Pierce was the first UC standout drafted Friday night in the draft's second round.

And he didn't have to travel far, as the Indianapolis Colts selected Pierce with the 53rd overall pick.

The Colts announced Monday that they signed Pierce to his four-year deal with the team:

Pierce has impressed so far:

Pierce delivered a message last week to Bearcats Nation:

"Very very smart individual. ... This guy has legit 4.4 speed. ... Him and Michael Pittman together is going to be phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal," ESPN draft analyst Louis Riddick said.

Later in the second round, the Kansas City Chiefs took UC safety Bryan Cook. In the third round, Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder went to the Atlanta Falcons, and defensive end Myjai Sanders was selected 100th overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

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