With their first pick on Saturday, No. 127 overall, the Browns selected cornerback/kick returner Pierre Desir of Lindenwood.
Desir, a native of Haiti, lost his grandfather and an eight-month old cousin in the 2010 earthquake. Desir emigrated from Haiti when he was four, his parents fleeing the country’s political unrest to give their two children a better life.
Chosen for the Cliff Harris Award given to the top small college defensive player, Desir was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American. He played his first three years at Washburn before transferring.
Desir, 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds, finished his career with 25 interceptions, 13 last season. He also had 17 pass breakups and 3.5 tackles for losses. In his career, Desir totaled 27 pass breakups and nine tackles for losses.
“I’m a playmaker, I’m a student of the game, always come in and work hard on and off the field and do whatever I can for the success of the team,” Desir said in a conference call.
Desir was a standout at the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game.
Lindenwood also produced defensive lineman Brian Schaefering, who played for the Browns from 2009-11.