Photo of Treston Decoud
Grade
5.1 ?
  • 4.62 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 206LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

The cousin of former Cal and NFL safety Thomas Decoud had a rougher road on his way to college football notoriety. He didn't have the academic scores to go to a FBS program out of high school, so he signed with Division II Chadron State (Nebraska). He played in 10 ten games as a redshirt freshman (four tackles) in 2013 but decided to move closer to home after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He intended to play at Nicholls State, but could not get eligibility there, so he played at Northwest Mississippi Community College -- where he was a first-team All-American after picking off six passes on the year. Decoud started nine games in his first year with the Beavers (50 tackles, five pass breakups) though he missed two with a concussion. One of the bright spots on a 4-8 team in 2016, the tall cover man was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection with 58 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.

Analysis

Strengths

Has outstanding size with long arms. Recognizes misdirection and plays with decent football instincts. Patient feet from press coverage. Can be physical through the route. Quick to body up and crowd an outside release against the sideline. Experienced in a variety of coverage. Held talented Cal wideout, Chad Hansen, to just four catches for sixteen yards. Eyeballs quarterback from zone and has good response time relative to quarterback's release. Aggressive tackler who steps downhill looking to finish in run support. Works off of blocks and into tackle position. Drives into his target, wraps, and tackles.

Weaknesses

Gets behind early when pressing receivers with release quickness off the snap. Backpedals from a narrow base with labored feet. Will lose some balance and body control when forced to transition against in-breaking routes. Takes way too many false steps when attempting to sink and trigger on the throw from his pedal. Doesn't have the sudden closing burst to defend what he sees in coverage. Had just two interceptions (both in one game) over 104 targets. Play speed is slightly below average. Unable to squeeze routes enough to make quarterbacks uncomfortable from off-man.

Bottom Line

Treston's size and physicality are two traits that some teams will covet on draft day, but there are some coverage limitations that push him towards a cover-2 defense. DeCoud lacks the trigger quickness to close separation windows that open against him, so a team may try and convert him into a free safety role where his coverage and tackling may be a fit as a backup.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.