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

Kevin Pierre-Louis Seahawks Rookie Profile: Athleticism In a Dynamic Package

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Position: Outside Linebacker

School: Boston College Eagles

Measurables: 6’0″, 236 lbs

How Acquired: Selected in 4th round of NFL Draft

How can the Seahawks use him?

Kevin Pierre-Louis is a natural speed-rush linebacker who excels when he’s asked to fly to the ball and make a play. He’s incredibly gifted at avoiding traffic and has quick feet and impressive change of direction. That all contributes to why he had 108 tackles his senior season at BC, despite a bit of an athleticism and size concern that likely dropped his draft stock.

As it turns out, the Seahawks have a need for him on a very good special teams unit. The hope is to use as few players from your starting units to play on special teams, but under Pete Carroll the Hawks have been one of just a few times that really have looked to use their best athletes to play on these teams. If Pierre-Louis and a few fellow rookies can contribute in a big way to special teams the Hawks become even more difficult because of the freshness of the bodies that will always coming at you.

Best Attribute

KP-L possesses a knack for finding the ball. I guess you could call it “ball awareness” and Pierre-Louis has a high rating. That is actually a big reason why he was ranked so highly on the Seahawks board. Planning for the likely future losses of guys like Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin as cap-casualties, this kid fits the bill as a really good space-player and speed-rusher all in one.

For now though, that ability to find the ball will serve the Hawks’ purposes on special teams. With 4.51 40 speed, he’s a rare package of explosiveness and speed. Exactly the type of athlete  that can actually help to improve the incredible effort of last year from a punting unit that came within a couple weeks of setting NFL records for lowest yards allowed.

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