The Falcons have a need for a starting free safety. And yes, Pierre Desir played cornerback for the past six seasons, but switching from cornerback to free safety is never really an issue if a player is as physical and willing to hit people as Desir is.
Desir is a true ball hawk and has safety size already. If he gained 10 pounds of muscle and got even more physical than he is without sacrificing top-end speed, he could be a top safety in the NFL. He could go as high as the first round. But if he slips to the Falcons' pick at 68, he should be a no-brainer.
2013: 9 Games Played, 33 Tackles, 1.0 Tackle for Loss, 4 Interceptions, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 12 Pass Deflections
2012: 12 Games Played, 60 Tackles, 2.5 Tackles for Loss, 1.0 Sack, 9 Interceptions, 18 Pass Deflections 1 Defensive Touchdown
2011: Sat out for a season after transferring to Lindenwood
2010: 12 Games Played, 46 Tackles, 5.5 Tackles for Loss, 2.0 Sacks, 5 Interceptions, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 9 Pass Deflections, 17 Kick Returns, 333 Yards
2009: 11 Games Played, 33 Tackles, 7 Interceptions, 2 Fumbles Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 13 Pass Deflections, 1 Defensive Touchdown, 10 Kick Returns, 294 Yards
Combine/Pro Day Results
Height: 6'1" Weight: 191 pounds
Arm Length: 33" Hand Measurement: 9-5/8"
40-yard dash: 4.59 sec. 10 yard split: 1.59 sec.
20-yard shuttle: 4.30 sec. 3-cone Drill: 6.86 sec. Bench Reps: 11 reps
Vertical Jump: 35.0" Broad Jump: 11'1"
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus' Premium Stats (subscription required), ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All combine and pro day info is courtesy of NFL Draft Scout. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.