With anticipation building for the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft in May, Chicago Bears fans are eagerly awaiting news of which positions the team will target with their first few picks. A general consensus among draft analysts has the team taking a defensive lineman with their first round selection, at No. 14 overall. However, there has been wide speculation over which direction they would go in the second round, and the team may have finally put it to rest.
On Friday it was revealed that the Bears were one of five teams to attend the pro day of former Lindenwood standout CB Pierre Desir last month. Desir is a big corner back at 6’1″ and 198 pounds, and would be a great fit to replace Charles Tillman after his contract is up in 2015. Desir is a relatively unknown prospect from Division II Lindenwood, though he was invited to the NFL scouting combine in March and played well in East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl.
A 3-time all-American, Desir finished his collegiate career with 25 interceptions and 52 pass break-ups. In his most recent mock draft ESPN insider Mel Kiper has Desir being taken in the second round at No. 56 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Bears own the 51st overall pick and would be in position to grab Desir with their second pick if they believe he can be a good fit in the defense.
Drafting a larger corner back should be high on the Bears draft list with Tillman most likely departing after this season, and with their other starting CB, Tim Jennings, being of a smaller build at only 5’8″. The team needs a bigger CB that will be able to contend with the taller receivers that they will continue to face such as Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson. The team has also brought in veteran help at safety in the form of Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings, and though they are not long term solutions, they will add depth at a position that was lacking last season.
Of course, this approach means the team will have to find a safety later in the draft than most people would be happy with. But the investment could pay off well in the event that the aging Tillman is injured again this season.