Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood (HT: 6’1”; WT: 198 lbs)
Fourth Round: 127th Pick
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- Great height and frame for a defensive back, especially when teams are searching for bigger corners to combat bigger, stronger receivers.
- Plays to his size, doesn’t let smaller or similar sized receivers outmuscle him for the ball.
- His aggressive mindset is definitely a trait of No. 1 cornerbacks.
- Excellent ball skills, totaling four interceptions and six deflections on only 14 pass attempts to the man he was defending in 2013.
- Average distance speed for his frame but won’t lose many foot races while in coverage due to long strides.
- Excellent transfer from backpedal due to fluid hips and quick feet.
- He has experience in every defensive coverage but prefers press-man coverage. Press-man plays to his strengths, and it is important that he knows how he will succeed in the NFL. Many young players do not know where they excel consistently.
- Mirrors the receiver well coming off of the snap, then tracks the ball when the receiver starts to react to the pass being thrown.
- Good instincts and timing on when to break toward the ball.
- Dominant performer while at Lindenwood, and he had a strong second half of his week at the Senior Bowl. I expect his career to take a similar arc, where he starts slowly but will pick it up as he gains experience and confidence.
- Excellent character and charisma, as demonstrated through interviews at the Senior Bowl. He's very humble and will lead through example in the NFL.
- One of the highest ceilings in the draft class.
- Didn’t play NFL-caliber receivers until the Senior Bowl, so adjustment period once in the NFL could be fairly steep.
- Inconsistent footwork at times, sometimes having a wide base when pivoting; he'll need to be coached on improving technique.
- Effective in zone due to physical abilities but not as instinctual or comfortable while in zone as man coverage.
- Will stick to his zone assignment too long at times, leaving underneath receivers open unnecessarily.
- Will loosen coverage if he assumes the route or play is dead, leaving the receiver to improvise or slip behind him. That happens more in the NFL than in college football, so he will have to be cautious to not fall asleep.
- Not a liability against the run, but he needs to become more physical and consistent in effort against the run. Could've been bored against the competition.
- Allows blockers to get into his body and doesn’t shed blocks consistently. Active and strong hands need to be developed.
- Form tackling was lazy; the effort level will need to be present more often to become better than average.
- Transferred to Lindenwood to get closer to home; will he be able to handle being away from family?
- Transferred from Washburn University after the 2010 football season, moving closer to home with his two children and wife.
- Back-to-back All-American at Lindenwood in 2012 and 2013.
- Will graduate with a degree in secondary education/history. Was a 2-star recruit coming out of St. Louis, Mo.
Desir has every physical trait desired in an NFL cornerback. He has an inspiring background story that clearly shows his motivation. Although his contributions might take some time, Desir could develop into the top cornerback of the 2014 draft class. He’s strong in press-man coverage and loves the responsibility of being a top cornerback. He could sneak into the first round because he can develop into a top-notch player.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round
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