When you think of cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft, the name Pierre Desir probably isn’t the name that comes to mind right away. Indeed, in a draft that has been praised for its exceptional depth at the position, guys like Desir have a tendency to become afterthoughts. That said, based on talent and production, I believe Pierre Desir could be the steal of this draft.
At 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, Desir has the type of size NFL teams are starting to look for, and with his ability in coverage, Desir is much more than just a big body in the secondary. Desir brings a ball-hawking attitude and skill set that is well-suited to today’s professional game, and he displayed his ball-hawking ways throughout his time at Lindenwood University, collecting 25 career interceptions. Throw in a very strong showing at this year’s Senior Bowl, and it becomes very clear that Desir has the talent to be a successful NFL starter.
That said, Desir isn’t a flawless prospect. Although his athletic ability was enough for him to dominate in college, he will need to rely a little less on his pure athleticism, and instead work on the technique required to play the position at a high level. Also, playing at a small college like Lindenwood is always sure to raise questions about how well Desir’s game translates into the NFL, as he will need some time to adjust to the faster game and better receivers.
Overall however, I believe that Desir is still an absolute steal in the making in this year’s draft. He’s not the complete product yet, but, in a few years, Desir could be one of the best young corners in the NFL.