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Small-School Spotlight: CB Pierre Desir (Lindenwood)

Posted Apr 15, 2014

NFL.com Draft Projection Rounds 3-4

After dominating at the Division II level for the past two seasons, cornerback Pierre Desir has put himself in position to be the first Lindenwood Lion to be drafted into the NFL. Transferring to Lindenwood from Washburn University prior to the 2012 season, Desir collected 13 interceptions in 21 games during his junior and senior seasons.

Vikings

The Haiti-born defensive back is lauded by scouts for his size, measuring in at 6-1, 198 pounds with 33-inch arms at the NFL Combine. Desir’s ball skills, which were on display at the 2014 Senior Bowl, and press-coverage ability, mixed with the sought-after size for a cornerback, makes him an intriguing prospect despite playing against inferior talent at Lindenwood.

Desir’s NFL.com scouting profile lists loose hips and a fluid pedal, athleticism, ball skills and overall demeanor as his strengths. Timed speed and consistency in run support are listed as his key weaknesses. Desir, who turns 24 in September, is considered an older prospect and is older than two of the Vikings 2013 first-round selections, Sharrif Floyd, who turns 23 in May, and Cordarrelle Patterson, who turned 23 in March.

The biggest question about Desir is how he will fare against top talent, but he did a good job dispelling any questions at the Senior Bowl, practicing well during the week and recording an interception in the game. Thanks to the Seattle Seahawks-style of cornerback play, bigger corners such as Desir will benefit and he could be a second-day pick, according the NFL.com.

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