Cleveland Browns: 10 free agents Browns should target in 2019

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10. Pierre Desir, CB

Hey graphic designers, we’re gonna need you to super impose Pierre Desir’s head on LeBron James’ body in that famous picture he took for Sports Illustrated when he announced he was coming home.

It seems like ages ago that  Desir was the pet project of coach Mike Pettine back in 2014. Well, he’s bounced around the league a little since, but he’d be a perfect addition to the current Browns’ corner corps.

Desir was the 18th rated corner by Pro Football Focus a season ago, after intercepting one pass and deflecting eight balls for the Colts. He also forced two fumbles and had a fumble recover.

His actual grade, 77.7 is considered very good.

Leave it to Pettine. The guy he drafts eight overall (Justin Gilbert) goes bust within two years, while his mid-round selection hangs around long enough to start in two playoff games in 2018.

For comparisons sake, Denzel Ward was the 15th rated corner, according to PFF.

After Ward, the Browns had a huge drop-off in production.

I thought T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell performed well for the Browns in 2018, but they ranked 58th and 68th, respectively among PFF’s graded corners.

Ward, a native of Haiti, played with the Chargers after leaving Cleveland, while also having a cup of coffee with the Sehawks.

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In Indy, he made enough of a name for himself this past season, that he should get a decent contract.