…LB Kevin Pierre-Louis from Boston College. Pierre-Louis is reportedly a bit of a ‘tweener — a bit small for a linebacker (6’0″, 232 lbs) and not quite fast enough for a safety (although that last bit may not be true — I’ve seen him listed as having forty times in the mid-4.4 second range) – but he’s an athletic, sure tackler with reasonable zone coverage skills. I’d expect him to contribute on special teams in his first year if he makes the roster, but I could see him developing into a strong nickel package defender and backup Will down the road (think Will Herring).
Pierre-Louis developed a knack for blitzing quarterbacks that showed up during his senior year (6 sacks), but his biggest asset is his ability to read and react in space with his above average quickness and closing speed. And for those of you who like combine results, he was at or near the top among linebackers this year in pretty much every drill: 1st in the 40 yard dash (4.51 seconds) , 3rd in bench press (28 reps), 2nd in broad jump (10’8″), 6th in 3-cone drill (6.92 seconds), 3rd in vertical jump (39″), and 2nd in 20 yard shuttle (4.02 seconds). So yeah, he’s got the physical attributes, now we just have to see if he can capitalize on them when he steps onto the field.