Looking at drafting reports recently I found 4 players who had a late round or UDFA grade, questioning myself I went back and looked at their tape and still felt the same. These guys look like future NFL starters to me so I thought I would write a quick scouting report on some of them, first up, Treston Decoud.
Height 6' 3"
Weight 208 lbs
Hometown Covington, LA
Treston Decoud is my pick for this years late round diamond. A tall corner at 6'3" he was one of the only bright spots on a Beavers team who was poor all year. He finished the season with 58 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass break-ups and was an honourable mention All-Pac-12 pick. He doesn't have elite speed, he is predicted to run the 40 around the 4.5 seconds mark which is solid enough for a corner of his size. He is a very good tackler, he won't make the highlight reel big hits but he has a really good wrap up rugby style tackle where he uses all his arm length to wrap up the legs of opponents. In pass defense he tracks the ball incredibly well, he tends to defend and swat passes first rather than going for the interception so won't put up huge numbers but at the college level he was taking receivers out of the game with tight coverage using his arm length to his advantage and also tracked the ball very well when it was in the air.
One of the reasons he hasn't been talked of much is due to his long road to Oregon State, he was academically ineligible to go to an FBS program so first played D2 at Chadron State in Nebraska before moving to Northwest Mississippi Community College (where he was named a NJCAA All American) as he wished to be closer to home after his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. From there he was recruited to Oregon state where he played 21 games over two season.
Draft projection is difficult with him, most have him listed as an UDFA with others putting him in the top 150. Personally I think he is a steal in the 5th round and if he is still on the board then and I am a GM I would not hesitate to make the pick. I think his draft stock will start to go up as the draft approaches and people start to take a closer look at him. He has been invited to the combine and a good showing there will do a lot for his stock.