The Texans waited all the way until the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft to do it, but they have now finally addressed their very noticeable depth problems in the secondary. Here is some more information about their newest safety/cornerback hybrid, Treston DeCoud.
DeCoud clearly comes from an NFL bloodline with his cousin, Thomas, playing in the league for several years and making a Pro Bowl in 2012, but his overall athleticism leaves a lot to be desired. DeCoud’s biggest assets are excellent size (6’2”, 206 lbs, 33” arms) and a willingness to bring every bit of that big frame into his tackles, but his lack of speed and explosiveness likely relegates him to more of a backup safety and special teams role than anything else.
Here is a quick blurb taken from Lance Zierlein’s full scouting report on DeCoud earlier this Spring.
“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.”
For more, make sure to check out Zierlein’s complete report on DeCoud on his Combine profile page.