The Texans have selected former Oregon State cornerback, Treston Decoud, with the 169th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Decoud is the second Oregon State player to be drafted today joining Sean Harlow who was picked up by the Falcons in the 4th round.
Treston Decoud did not have the easiest route to get to Oregon State. The 6-foot-2 cornerback out of Louisiana caught the attention of several college coaches out of High School but academic issues kept Decoud from attending a Division-I program. He instead opted for Division-II, Chadron State in Nebraska and Following his redshirt freshman year Decoud transferred to Nicholls State to be closer to his ill mother. Academic issues kept the cornerback from ever suiting up for the Colonels and Treston ended up spending his redshirt sophomore season at Northwest Mississippi Community College where his play garnered him a scholarship offer from Oregon State.
Decoud’s junior season was a struggle as the Beavers won just two games and were not competitive in some Pac-12 games. Treston Decoud and the rest of the Oregon State defense bounced back his senior season and he led a resurgent pass defense that shut down a number of top receivers including Cal’s Chad Hansen. 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 had received considerable interest from the Dallas Cowboys before the draft and they hosted him for a private visit earlier this month. 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. One thing OSU fans know very well, Decoud is no stranger to challenges, and it would surprise no one in Beaver Nation if he became one of the gems of the 2017 draft class for the Texans.