BIOGRAPHY: Former cornerback coming off a career season. Led California in tackles last year totaling 116/1/4 after 45 tackles as a junior. Also blocked six kicks on special teams.
POSITIVES: Athletic defensive back with a large degree of upside. Displays a good head for the ball, quickly locates the pass in the air, and works well with cornerbacks. Displays range on the field, fast the sidelines, and flies around the ball to make positive plays. Picks up coverage assignments in centerfield and stays with them. Solid tackler who works to get involved defending the run.
NEGATIVES: Stiff pedaling in reverse and struggles with his back to the ball. Marginal burst of closing speed.
ANALYSIS: DeCoud comes off a terrific senior campaign and has positioned himself as one of the top senior safeties in this draft. He must brush off the rough edges of his game and improve his technique, yet he offers starting potential at the next level.