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2017 NFL Draft Player Profile: Treston Decoud

Can the talented cornerback make the leap to the NFL?

NCAA Football: Oregon at Oregon State Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

2017 NFL DRAFT PROFILE

  • NAME: Treston Decoud
  • POSITION: Cornerback
  • HT/WT: 6’ 2”, 206 lbs.
  • 40 TIME: 4.62

2016 STATS (SENIOR SEASON)

58 tackles 2 interceptions and 10 pass breakups

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Treston Decoud did not have the easiest route to Corvallis. The 6’2” cornerback out of Louisiana caught the attention of several college coaches out of Lakeshore High School but academic issues kept Decoud from attending a D1 program, instead opting for D2 Chadron State in Nebraska. Following his redshirt freshman year Decoud transferred to Nicholls State to be closer to his ill mother, but again academic issues kept the cornerback from ever suiting up for the Colonels. Treston ended up spending his redshirt sophomore season at Northwest Mississippi Community College where his play garnered him a scholarship offer from new Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen.

While in Corvallis Decoud was the Beavs #1 cornerback on a rebuilding defense. His junior campaign was rough for the Beavers winning only 2 games and struggling to even compete with Pac-12 opponents. Decoud had struggles of his own, during the Colorado game Decoud collided with a teammate and was left unconscious on the Reser Stadium turf. After being taken to the hospital by ambulance, Decoud was diagnosed with a concussion and missed the next several games. Decoud’s 2017 season saw the senior lead a resurgent OSU pass defense that frustrated several top receivers including Cal’s Chad Hansen in the Beavs first Pac-12 win of the Gary Andersen era. The 2017 season ended with the Beavs ending an 8 year civil war losing streak, a game in which Decoud got revenge on a program that rejected him out of junior college.

Decoud, who is fluent in both english and trash-talk, has been listed as the 34th best cornerback in a very defensive back heavy draft. The 6’2” corner is tall for his position and has drawn some comparisons to former Beaver Brandon Browner. Decoud has the size and physicality to intrigue NFL teams but will have to work on his speed and quickness to be a mainstay in the NFL. He has been projected by most scouts as a mid-late round draft pick. A recent mock draft from NFL.com’s Chad Reuter has Decoud going in the early 5th round to San Francisco, just a few picks after fellow Beav Sean Harlow. One team that has known interest in Decoud is the Dallas Cowboys who hosted the cornerback for a private visit earlier this month.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein broke down Decoud’s strengths and weaknesses

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.

One thing OSU fans know very well, Decoud is no stranger to challenges, and it would suprise no one in Beaver Nation if he became one of the gems of the 2017 draft class.

Treston Decoud’s “2017 NFL Draft Player Profile” is the third in our series chronicling Oregon State’s six NFL Draft prospects in the days leading up to Thursday night’s NFL Draft. The rest will be released in the following order on the following days: