3. Pierre Desir, CB, Indianapolis Colts
2018 stats: 16 games played, 79 total tackles, 8 pass deflections, 1 interception.
After signing a one-year, $1.75-million contract in the offseason with the Indianapolis Colts before bouncing around the NFL.
Pierre Desir proved that he deserves to start in the NFL. In the regular season, the 28-year-old allowed just two touchdowns, hadn’t allowed an 85-plus yard game, and didn’t allow more than three first downs in a game, per Pro Football Focus.
The Houston Texans would be foolish not to consider bringing in Desir, who played a major role in their Wildcard playoff loss to the Colts, as he limited DeAndre Hopkins to just two receptions for 16 yards on five targets. Desir plays a physical brand of football and fits well as a boundary corner in a Cover 2 defense due to his tight coverage, excellent run stopping abilities and lanky 6-1 frame.
Desir might not be the franchise changing cornerback that the Texans fanbase wants, but he does have the ability to be a solid option if the team is unable to reel in bigger names. He’s a high floor, low ceiling type of cornerback that can handle the brunt of shadowing top receivers, and he might not cost much.
Pro Football Focus’ 15th best cornerback of the 2018 season has an estimated cap hit of just $6.328M, per StampedBlue.com. Like Yeldon, it’s also nice to take away foes impact players.