BEREA — The Browns added more depth at cornerback on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Cleveland selected Pierre Desir out of Division II Lindenwood University in the fourth round with the 127th pick, its first Saturday.
“I think the NFL has shown there is a lot of small-school guys who can go in and make an impact,” Desir said. “I think that I am one of those guys who can go in and compete and show everyone what I can do.”
Desir won the Cliff Harris Award for the nation’s top small college defensive player his senior year after recording 33 tackles, breaking up eight passes and intercepting four passes. He also had one tackle for loss and forced a fumble.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder set a school record for interceptions with nine, which also ranked second in all NCAA levels. He recorded 60 tackles, nine pass breakups and 2.5 tackles for loss in 15 starts.
He began his career at Division II Washburn University, playing 11 games at cornerback his redshirt freshman year in 2009. He recorded 33 tackles, broke up six passes, recorded seven interceptions and forced two fumbles. He was a factor on special teams with 10 kick returns for 294 yards.
Desir sat out in 2011 when he transferred to Lindenwood. He is married with two daughters and emigrated to the St. Louis area with his parents at the age of 4. His grandfather and 8-month-old cousin were killed during the Haiti earthquakes in 2010.
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