Alouettes sign top CFL Draft prospect Pier-Olivier Lestage after season with Seattle Seahawks

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The Montreal Alouettes have signed National offensive lineman Pier-Olivier Lestage, bringing the highly-touted local product home after spending the 2021 season on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice roster. The six-foot-three, 310-pound blocker was selected in the second round, 10th overall, by the Alouettes in the 2021 CFL Draft. The former Université de Montréal Carabin signed with the Seahawks following the NFL Draft in May of 2021 and played three exhibition games with them in 2021. He was released by the team on June 22 of this year.The 24-year-old played three seasons with the Carabins under current Alouettes head coach and general manager Danny Maciocia. In 2019, he was named an RSEQ first-team All-Star and second-team All-Canadian. In 2021, the Saint-Eustache, QC native participated in the Tropical Bowl in Florida and the Gridiron College Showcase in Texas. “We are very pleased with this addition. There is no doubt that Pier-Olivier will solidify our offensive line,” Maciocia said in a statement. “We believed that his selection was a calculated risk because of the NFL, but we now realize that this choice could pay off for us.”

The Alouettes also announced that they have added American defensive tackle Mustafa Johnson and National linebacker Eric Mezzalira to the practice roster.Johnson burst onto the scene during his first year with the University of Colorado Buffaloes in 2018 when he led the team with 8.5 sacks and received an All-Pac-12 first-team nod by the AP.  He finished his college career with 17 sacks, 122 tackles and 31 tackles for a loss in four seasons. The six-foot-two, 290-pound defender was invited to Atlanta Falcons training camp in 2022. Mezzalira registered 11 special teams tackles in 22 games over two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, who had drafted him in the second round, 17th overall, in the 2018 CFL Draft. He helped the team raise the Grey Cup in his rookie season.

The Hamilton, Ontario native spent the 2021 season on the Toronto Argonauts practice roster before attending the Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp in the spring of 2022.