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The cornerback trio of Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin will get the Eagles through another year, but depth was an issue last season, and beyond 2014, who knows. Coming away from this draft with one, if not two cover guys should be a priority.
You want to be careful not to typecast too much with Chip Kelly, who just wants the best players on the field, but the signings of Williams and Fletcher as free agents last offseason was telling. Both are physical and six feet tall. That’s what he likes on the outside. That, as the Seattle Seahawks are showing, is the model in the NFL now.
The Shrine Game is not exactly overrun with towering corners, but there is one. At just a shade under 6’2”, not only will Pierre Desir be the tallest on the field, he might be the best.
Never heard of him? That’s not surprising given Desir played for the prestigious football program at Lindenwood. Don’t let the small-school stigma fool you though. The Division-II product is rated as one of the top prospects playing in the game on Saturday. NFLDraftScout.com’s Dane Brugler has more, via CBSSports.com:
Lindenwood CB Pierre Desir entered the week as one of my top defensive prospects in St. Petersburg and he did little to persuade me from that thought during Monday's practice. He looks the part with a tall, long frame and he does a nice job staying low and fluid in his stance, backpedal and overall transition. Desir is going up against FBS-level wide receivers this week like Miami's Allen Hurns and Michigan's Jeremy Gallon, but he hasn't looked out of place through one day of practice.
If their last two drafts told us anything, it’s that the Eagles are showing more of a commitment to drafting players from major college football programs since general manager Howie Roseman took over the draft from Andy Reid. That said, with his size and ability, Desir may be a rare prospect that’s too good to pass on—on draft day and game day.