Montana’s Brock Coyle, BC’s Kevin Pierre-Louis Threaten Seahawks’ Vets on Stacked LB Unit

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Sep 15, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Venric Mark (right) returns a punt past Boston College Eagles linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (24) during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Priority Free Agents Re-signed to Roster

After signing with the Giants on a 2-yr, $8 million contract, it seems the Giants reconsidered their plunder at the last second and failed Schofield on his physical, so he returns to Seattle. He didn’t do a whole lot in the stats column in 2013/2014 (8 tackles), but the fifth year vet offers a physical style of player in the Seattle backup role. Also, you may be surprised to realize that he made an appearance in 15 of Seattle’s games (partially due to special teams). I very much like to think of him in the Malcolm Smith mold, but he hasn’t yet had a chance to break out. Once a solid LB prospect from Wisconsin, Schofield can play traditional LB, Seattle’s special LEO spot or traditional DE if need-be. Also, while some LB special-teamers are ignored throughout the league, Seattle’s are revered for their special attributes. Heath Farwell and Schofield were key contributors on what have become some of the best overall units in the NFL, so that won’t be taken lightly.

Retention Grade: C+

Draft Pick Additions

  • Round 4, Pick 32 (132) - Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College

KP-L was a very intriguing luxury pick for Seattle and interestingly he is the only true “OLB” listed on the Seahawks’ roster at this moment in time. He had a huge senior season at BC, going in on 104 total tackles while garnering six sacks and an interception. This may have been a different draft but you don’t generally find that kind of production from an ACC player that late as your fifth overall selection. Pierre-Louis (pronounced Lew-is, not Lou-ie) offers 4.51 speed and a knack for the football, which will come immediately in handy on special teams as the Hawks strive to get even better there. But this was the type of pick that will ensure continuity and similar ability from the Seattle LB-corps moving forward, especially if they can’t afford Smith and Schofield within the next couple of years. Heck, he may even be on his way into the regular rotation this season. After watching him in the rookie camp, LB coach Ken Norton Jr. praised KP-L as one of the most natural and fluid LB’s the Seahawks have on the roster. High praise.

Draft Grade: B+

Undrafted Free Agent Additions

  • Brock Coyle, LB, Montana

While Montana is a D-2 school, the Griz generally have some of the toughest-minded LB’s in the nation at that level. Coyle is a very intriguing prospect and was a projected 4th or 5th rounder by NFLDraftScout going into the 2014 NFL Draft. He registered back-to-back 100 tackle seasons at inside linebacker in college, a very high number for that position at any level. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve watched a D-2 player stick on an NFL roster and as one of only three true additions to the unit this offseason will likely get a good look through at least a good chunk of the preseason. There are two ways that Coyle sticks on this team come week 1. He can either fight his way past Mike Morgan at inside LB and go on to back up Bobby Wagner, or if he offers a younger, cheaper option than 10-yr veteran Heath Farwell, he could stick as a specialist. If his potential is anything like his numbers indicate, either or both of those have a good chance of happening.

Miller is the fourth and final addition (at least to this point) that the Hawks have made to this unit. I think the competition is far too high for this kid, but he did make it past the tryout stage. With only 30-some tackles as a career-high, Miller was just too unproductive in college for me to consider him a serious contender for a long-term job in Seattle.

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  • HD

    I tend to agree…Farwell and Morgan will be gone…I like Louis to make the squad…Toomer (they kept him on IR for a reason) may be the Thurman of LB’s maybe even get rotation this year….Coyle has a shot…all of this depends on injuries and how they look in camp…they have a contract year with Wright next year as well…

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Yeah we’ll talk about Wright when the time comes. I think KP-L was brought in to eventually replace Wright cause I don’t think there’s any way SEA can afford that contract on the defensive side along with Wags, Kam, Sherm, Bennett and Thomas all with their big contracts.

      • HD

        That would make sense…Toomer I guess has been looking real good in mini camp and OTA’s…

        • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

          more good points

  • bobk333

    You forgot about Korey Toomer, who is coming off Reserve/Non-football Injury.

    Toomer will surely make the 53-man roster and might challenge Irvin and Smith for a starting spot.

    Like they are at every position, the Hawks are loaded at linebacker. Unlike the other positions, everyone is back on this unit. L

    Pete is serious about competition. Because they were already loaded with returning players at every position, there will be fierce battles to make the roster, especially at the backup spots.

    One thing is for sure: the Seahawks will be much better this season than they were last season — there is no comparison.

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    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Nope I brought up Toomer in my final analysis. He’s not an acquisition though, just returning from injury.

  • Brint

    FCS isn’t D-2 like you’re saying Brock Coyle is, it’s also division 1, just championship subdivision.

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Call it what you want, I still think of it as D-2. I know they changed the names or whatever to make everything below “FBS” seem higher than what they are, but the fact remains FCS is still considered by most college football fans to be D-2.

      • just a guy

        Actually, there have been two “subdivisions” and the so-called “BCS” is officially called “Football Bowl Subdivision.” Your perception is not reality.

  • HD

    3 Montana O lineman also signed with NFL Teams…they must have had a pretty good program for a smaller school..They have another 9 players currently on NFL rosters even as we speak

    • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Yes, well Montana is a juggernaut at the FCS level in football. They are usually very good and generally have several who could play at the FBS level

  • justaguy

    Montana is NOT a D2 school and you hurt your credibility when you make such glaringly wrong comments. For chrissakes if you don’t even know what division a school is in (repeatedly) nothing else you write can be trusted. Where was the editor on this one? Mistakes happen, but that is so basic it’s unreal it got published.

  • dave

    FCS schools play and beat FBS schools all the time. Ive never heard of division 2 schools beating or even competing with FBS schools. So those who think FCS and div 2 are they same are way off and should not have the privilege to write about football like they know what they are talking about, or orts for that matter. Get you facts right.