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Kevin Pierre-Louis NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Seahawks OLB

Boston Col linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy
Darren PageFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

Kevin Pierre-Louis (HT: 6’0 1/2” WT: 232 lbs.)

Seattle Seahawks

Fourth Round: 132nd Pick

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
600423232 1/4"10 1/8"
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Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.511.5339"10'8"6.924.02
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Positives

  • Immense athletic talent backed up by combine numbers.
  • Smooth athlete all-around with fluidity and flexibility to his movement.
  • Tremendous open-field speed.
  • Gets to top speed in a hurry with significant acceleration.
  • Instinctive feel for timing blitzes.
  • Can turn corners with flexibility as a blitzer, has a natural feel for pass-rushing.
  • Packs a heavier punch than expected as a rusher.
  • Possesses long speed to run with tight ends in man coverage.
  • Backpedals like a defensive back, enables him to quickly get depth in zone coverage.
  • Sound in gap responsibilities, disciplined in run support.
  • Keeps his outside shoulder free and scrapes off to set the edge in a contain role.
  • Active with his hands to meet blocks and disengage.
  • Skilled lateral mover with ability to keep his shoulders square, elude blocks and stay on his feet.
  • Fundamentally sound tackler who keeps his head up, feet moving and wraps through contact.
  • Experience in multiple linebackers positions and versatile roles.
  • Has athleticism and experience for special teams contributions.

Negatives

  • Not consistently decisive in his read-and-react, doesn’t anticipate plays properly.
  • Can play too much of a finesse style at times.
  • Frame is on the lean side, especially in the lower half.
  • Loses positional awareness in zone coverage, almost freelancing at times.
  • Doesn’t have optimal height to contest the ball against tight ends.
  • Few interceptions as a collegiate linebacker with shaky hands.
  • Doesn’t have weight to throw around in the box and has little effect in short-yardage situations.
  • Can be knocked back by bigger run-blockers or even tight ends.
  • Won’t exert strength at the line of scrimmage to move back blockers and disrupt plays.
  • Shows hesitation to close down space when he must take on a fullback.
  • Lacks optimal strength in his hands to play off blocks.
  • Not the heftiest tackler, will be dragged by bigger ball-carriers.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPDINT
2010BC932.50030
2011BC7460140
2012BC8542030
2013BC10810.56011
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Personal Notes

  • Rivals.com rated him as 4-star prospect and the 10th-ranked outside linebacker in the recruiting class of 2010.
  • 2013 first-team All-ACC.
  • 2012 honorable mention All-ACC.
  • Started every game he played in for Boston College, totaling 44.
  • Missed three games in each of his sophomore and junior seasons due to injury.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made at nces.ed.gov.

 

Overall

Kevin Pierre-Louis flew under the radar during a stellar senior season to the point of receiving no major all-star game invitations.

After showing off his tremendous athletic ability at the scouting combine, he vaulted himself into the conversation of talented outside linebackers in this year’s class.

For Pierre-Louis, the value comes from what he can do in space. He played all over the field for Boston College, but made the biggest impact out over the slot receivers or when free to roam over the top unimpeded. His acceleration and closing speed enable him to make plays that many other linebackers cannot. He’s disciplined on top of that.

It’s the hesitation and indecision that must be cut out of his game, but his versatility and value in pass defense will make him a starting linebacker in the NFL.

 

Draft Projection: Second-Third Round

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