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Round 4: Pierre Desir (CB), Lindenwood

Desir

The third and final day in Kansas City’s war room begins with yet another tough decision. The four prospects in front of me at 124 are quarterback AJ McCarron, cornerback Pierre Desir, wide receiver Devin Street, and wide receiver/kick returner Dri Archer. Lop off the back half of the list. Street isn’t a good fit for this offense and Archer’s a 5’8, 173-pound gadget player with tiny hands. I’m really looking at McCarron and Desir here.

McCarron is intriguing for a couple of different reasons. He was highly productive in college as a member of a pro-style offense at Alabama. He was at the helm of consecutive national championship teams in arguably the toughest conference in college football. He’s seen as much of the big stage as anyone in this year’s class. It’s just a question of how much the Crimson Tide’s success can be attributed to McCarron. He had a lot of help from an uber-productive run game and one of the nation’s top defenses.

What concerns me about McCarron is his lack of arm strength. Can he make every NFL throw? I think he has a limited ceiling and I’d prefer the Chiefs left the QB3 spot to someone with more upside. The Chiefs aren’t in a position to have two players behind Smith with only a year of combined NFL experience. If Alex Smith were to go down, you’d be forced to replace him with players who’ve never taken a meaningful professional snap. Chase Daniel’s your backup until further notice and Tyler Bray has the tools to stay on for future consideration.

Pierre Desir’s a small-school product who’s familiar to the area. He grew up in St. Charles, Mo. and played football for both Washburn and Lindenwood universities. The prevailing thought in most scouting circles is that success in the NFL usually only comes to Division II players that dominated their collegiate competition. That’s precisely what Desir did over his last two seasons at Lindenwood. Desir needs work and some NFL coaching, but he’s a unique talent with great size, above-average ball skills, and good instincts.

With the 124th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select…
Pierre Desir, Cornerback – Lindenwood

Round 5: Jeff Janis (WR), Saginaw Valley State

Janis

As the fifth round draws to a close, the board again shows me favor at a position of need. The best players available at 163 are runningback Devonta Freeman, center Tyler Larsen, defensive end Ethan Westbrooks, and wide receiver Jeff Janis. I’ve been waiting patiently for help at the wide receiver position and another Division II prospect may be just what I’m looking for.

Let’s begin with Jeff Janis’ measurables. He’s a 6’3, 219-pound receiver who registered a 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash and a 37.5-inch vertical leap. Stop salivating and let me finish. His four years at Saginaw Valley State produced 246 catches, 4,305 receiving yards, and 46 touchdowns. He’s an explosive and precise route-runner that can create the kind of separation necessary to thrive in head coach Andy Reid’s west coast offense.

The flipside to any D-II player of Janis’ ilk is that it’s easy to misinterpret the numbers. The production came against players who’ll most likely go on to sell insurance or wash out of the league. That’s a legitimate reason to be apprehensive about the statistics. What gives me confidence about Janis is his football acumen, work ethic, character, and passion for the game. He’s the kind of lunch pail player coaches love and he’d be a great choice in the fifth-round for Kansas City.

With the 163rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select…
Jeff Janis, Wide Receiver – Saginaw Valley State

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  • berttheclock

    Love your Trent Murphy pick. He wrestles steers. Rob Rang has compared him to some NFL player whose name escapes me at the moment……….wait, …………….ah, Jared Allen.

    Don’t mean to distract anyone from reading your excellent thread, but, at sfgate, this morning, there is a very interesting article about the Niners missing the boat on many wide out picks. This article pertains to the Chiefs, as well. One reason is Baalke’s suggestion that he traded A J Jenkins to the Chiefs because Jenkins didn’t have the power in his hands to fend off aggressive D-backs. He mention how poorly Jenkins lifted at the combines, something Beckham of LSU shares with him. But, in reading through the article, it was mentioned that Anquan Boldin ran the slowest of 23 wide outs at his combine. They included a very good discussion about the difficulty of moving from college to the pros for wide outs. Another thing mentioned was the fact since 1990, only 20 percent of the wideouts selected in the first two rounds have reached a Pro Bowl, the lowest percentage of any offensive player taken in the draft. Plus, I loved the fact that Charlie Joiner, one of the greatest wide outs in the history of the NFL, was only five eleven and weighed 188 pounds. What was not mentioned is how many taller wide outs have yet to have a SB ring placed on their fingers. Of the top ten wide outs from last season, nine of them were six two or better, but, yet, only the five eleven Percy Harvin has a SB ring.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’m really, really intrigued by Murphy. It’s time to start backfilling at the linebacker spot.

    • Jordan

      Percy was lucky to be right place right time. I don’t believe he had the slightest impact on where that team went or what they accomplished. Remember benchwarmers get rings too doesn’t mean they are impact players

      • berttheclock

        Did you happen to see the Super Bowl game? He was not a bench warmer. He had just returned from an injury. Look back at the Seahawks season and you will find he started the season very well for 3 games before his injury. He set the early tempo for the SB game. Watch that first quarter again before you repeat “don’t believe he had the slightest impact”.

  • Kevin Whittaker

    I could only hope that the draft falls this way. Can’t complain a bit about your picks at all. Great job!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Much appreciated, thanks for reading!

  • ashton hastings

    I love it but pierre will b gone by mid third at the latest

  • Montez K.

    This would be a phenomenal draft…defense is the way to go…I doubt that Pierre Desir will be on the board beyond the 3rd round though. In my opinion he will be gone by the conclusion of the 2nd round. I really think he is a high character guy…(admittedly after watching Draft Academy)..he is already married with two little girls, as a guy with a daughter of my own I know how it can motivate you…I trust Dorsey and Co. to make the right decisions in this years draft…BUT if I could gift wrap any one player to the Chiefs this year? It’s Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir—s-t-u-d.

  • Keaton Tyler Henry

    I don’t think that Pryor or Desire will be available in their respective rounds. Pryor is widely considered to be a top 15 pick and Desire is currently being projected to be taken around the mid to late 2nd round.

  • Calchiefsfan

    You know Stacy, if this is the way the Chiefs draft goes I would be totally ecstatic. Pryor, Desir and Janis are 3 players I would love to see in a Chiefs uniform. The first two would give the Chiefs secondary the boost it needs to take the next step. We would finally have quality play and depth at both safety positions, which was sorely missed the second half of the season. Janis is going to be a stud, imho. There is definitely a need for depth at OLB, hopefully Murphy could provide that. Definitely a home run draft!

  • Brian Dempsey

    Trent Murphy would be a great value pick in round 3.

  • Stan Colbert

    Well, if they trade Berry and Flowers for picks we might have a huge draft while the draft is deep. Next year the draft will not be so deep, making it more difficult for others to keep up with us, for once.

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    To address debatable our biggest need, WR, we take a D2 WR in the 5th? I feel like that is too late. I am hoping for cooks in the first round. Get some speed on the outside of our offense!

    I have read a few articles in the past that Sutton felt good about commings at safety with berry. Is that no longer the case?