Pierre Desir, CB

School: Lindenwood  |  Conference: null
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: St. Peter's, MO
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 198 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.592.67-11 35-4.306.86
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.522.531.5911 3511'1"4.306.86

Player Overview

An annual tradition at the Senior Bowl is the explosion of at least one "small school" cornerback onto the national scene. Though his collegiate career was spent at two universities most college football fans couldn't find on a map, with 25 interceptions Desir didn't have to wait until his impressive performance in Mobile, Ala. to catch the attention of scouts.

Born in Haiti, Desir grew up playing soccer and the fluidity with which he plays American football is testament to this experience. He was lightly recruited out of high school and wound up at Washburn before transferring to Lindenwood in large part due to the financial burden of raising a family. At both programs - just as he did at the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game - Desir's length and athleticism stood out.

Desir is clearly a work in progress from a technical standpoint but with the NFL increasingly willing to gamble on size at cornerback, he could wind up among the top 100 selections of the 2014 draft.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Sports a lean, athletic build with excellent height for the position. Fluid athlete with light feet, flexibility and balance. Has a low backpedal, controlled transition and is a smooth accelerator with good top-end speed. Trusts his athleticism, showing the patience to allow receivers to get close before opening his hips to turn and run downfield.

Aggressively closes on underneath routes. Locates the ball well, showing good hand-eye coordination and body control to adjust to make the tough grab. Has dominated lower-level competition based largely on his natural gifts.

With refining, Desir could emerge as an NFL starter.

WEAKNESSES: Overly reliant on his athleticism and may need significant development from a technical standpoint before competing for playing time in the NFL. Dominated lower level of competition and rarely had to extend his arm to jam receivers when in press coverage, which led to struggles with quicker receivers during the all-star game circuit.

Plays with cover corner mentality against the run, making the tackle when necessary but showing less-than-ideal physicality when attempting to fight through blocks and when making tackles.

COMPARES TO: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos - Like DRC, Desir possesses intriguing size, athleticism and ball-skills. With improved physicality -- especially in run support -- Desir could emerge as a legitimate NFL starter.

--Rob Rang

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