Thomas DeCoud #21 FS
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 Age: 30
Born: 3/19/1985 Oakland , CA
Experience: 7th season
High School: Pinole Valley HS [Pinole, CA]
- Vertical Jump35.5 inches
- 3 Cone Drill6.85 secs
Positives: Has the thick frame you look for in a safety, but he shows lean muscle tone and an athletic build and, while he is high-cut, he has long limbs, using his reach effectively to block kicks...Very mature player whose intelligence and grasp of the playbook allow him to shift to any position in the secondary during game action (shifted to cornerback to handle a big receiver)...Hard worker and leader by example type...Has a smooth running stride and shows the body control and hand-eye coordination to track the ball in flight (needs to time his leaps better on jump balls)...Will not hesitate to sacrifice his body in attempts to fill and come up to support vs. the run...Is a good contact-seeker with the functional strength to drive the ballcarrier to the ground, when he takes good angles and wraps to secure (not effective when he takes a side or leads with his shoulder)...Has a good grasp of the playbook and does a good job of recognizing schemes and making the calls in the secondary...Quick to find the ball vs. plays in front of him, but will bite on play-action and get out of position when he is caught peeking into the backfield...Has good hand placement to press or mirror the receiver, as he keeps his feet well coming out of his backpedal (is high in his stance, but has the ability to recover)...Has enough flexibility to get more than a few snaps at cornerback, but could be more disciplined in transition...Takes good angles to close and handles the switch-off well, when he does not eyeball the quarterback for too long (when he plays with his head in the backfield he will get caught out of position), but he will generally read indicators well...Has the speed to make plays off the hash, but has just adequate range, and must take good angles to compensate in attempts to go downhill...Comes up fast from the secondary to fill gaps in run support, keeping his hands active and striking with force to defeat blocks...Has good leg drive to push the lead blocker back into rush lanes...Not a blow-up type of tackler, but he has enough explosion on contact to get the ballcarrier down...Has a good concept for taking angles and drives hard into the ballcarrier and slot receivers...Best when running the alley or making plays in space, as it is rare to see him miss when he gets into position to make the play...Face-up type of tackler who does a good job of attacking the runner's outside leg...Excellent special-teams coverage defender, as he has the size, speed and hitting skills to excel. Negatives: Is tough and durable, but minor injuries have set back his progress...Has very good range and closing speed vs. running plays, but he needs to make more plays on the ball in flight...Flashes good closing speed, but is not really a sudden mover...Plays much better vs. the run than he does in zone coverage, as he will often bite on play-action...Needs to sink his pads, as he is too tall in his backpedal to generate an explosive break...Has very good leaping ability to block kicks, but his timing appears off when trying to compete for jump balls...Can make plays in front of him, but does not consistently show the lateral range for long pursuit...Does not have natural hands, resulting in minimal pass breakups and interceptions during his career...Has good timed speed, but fails to close in a hurry and must develop a second gear to get back on the receiver when the opponent gets behind him (does not open his hips quick enough to recover when this happen)...High pad level lets the smaller slot receivers make plays underneath...Good collision tackler, but when he has to give a big chase, he will take a side or lead with his shoulder, which allows bigger backs to break arm tackles...Must bulk up to play at the next level (he dropped eight pounds from the end of the season before arriving at the Senior Bowl). Compares To: REGGIE NELSON-Jacksonville...Nelson is much quicker than DeCoud, but both have exceptional leaping ability and timing to block kicks. DeCoud flashes good closing speed and is aggressive in run support. He is not much of a playmaker, having deflected just seven passes and intercepted one in 45 games, but he is a solid contact hitter who rarely misses when he gets into position to make the tackle.