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Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad defensive corner Pierre Desir of Lindenwood (30) celebrates after an interception against the South squad duing the second half of a game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. South defeated the North 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Pierre Desir, Tillman's Replacement As Bears Cornerback?

When Phil Emery came to Chicago, one of the first things he did was to expand the scouting department. Under Emery, it became the largest in team’s history. With the added scouting, Emery and his staff could go far and wide to scout players. Well, how about this for scouting: Marty Barrett, the Director of College Scouting, attended the private Pro Day for Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir.

I’m sure most fans have no idea where Lindenwood is (St. Charles, MO). He is a 6’1″, 198 pound cornerback. He is one of those athletic-type players Emery is looking to stack the defense with.

Desir was a Division II All-American three times in his college career. He had 25 interceptions and 52 pass breakups. Those numbers got him invited first to the East-West Shrine Game, then the Senior Bowl, and finally an invite to the NFL Combine.

Desir has a lean, athletic build and has great body control. He has light feet, is flexible, and is balanced. His height and length (33 1/4 inch arm length) is great for his position.

Desir was a soccer player growing up in Haiti, and it shows with how smoothly he plays American football.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Desir going in the second round of the draft, to the Philadelphia Eagles at 54. The Bears own the 51st pick in the second round. 

The question on him of course is the level of competition. His Division I body gave him a great advantage over Division II athletes. He has relied on his gifted abilities too much, so he might need some refining at the higher level. That is where Charles Tillman comes in, however.

It appears that Tillman will probably retire at the end of the season and is willing to help out his heir apparent. If that is the case, Desir can be his prized pupil. You cannot teach height, and with an undersized corner in Tim Jennings the Bears are looking for a tall one to handle the tall receivers such as Calvin Johnson.

Desir had his Pro Day outdoors in 30-degree weather, which is similar to the conditions under which he will play during most home games in the Chicago winter.

If Emery is looking for a corner to pick in the second round, it could mean he is looking at Aaron Donald in the first. I mocked Gilbert in the first round, but many have Donald going there, and if Gilbert is not available the choice could be Donald. Also, having Donald on the line with all the pickups the Bears made could give the Bears one of the best defensive lines in the league. It would be a big change from last year.

Desir has attracted a few teams’ attention. In addition to the Bears, there were five other teams represented at the workout.

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