Heading into the third day of the draft, the Texans had a need for safety help. After losing their top safety from a season ago to free agency, the team had a need for a playmaker on the backend of the defense. They just may have found their playmaker in the 5th round of the draft. In doing so, the team continued their successful draft, as they have added help at nearly every position of need. Here’s a quick breakdown of the Decoud selection.
Treston Decoud, Defensive Back/Safety
As a member of Oregon State, Decoud consistently faced tough challenges in defending Pac-12 offenses. However, he showed well in his two seasons with the team. In 12 games in 2016, Decoud recorded 12 pass breakups, and grabbed 2 interceptions. He spent time at cornerback in college, and could make the transition to the pros as a cornerback. However, his size would make him an interesting option as a versatile safety in the NFL. Wherever he plays, Decoud will need to adjust to the speed of the NFL game.
Houston Texans Take:
With the Houston Texans, Decoud is an interesting option for the team to employ on gamedays. While he could play corner, Decoud also has the size to play safety, where the Texans have a more pressing need for depth. As a rookie, Decoud will probably spend time learning the NFL game from veterans such as Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. With a little seasoning, Decoud has the physical traits that can translate to being a versatile defender for the Texans. Meanwhile, Decoud has a low-floor, as he is considered “raw” entering the league. He will need to work on his angles in pursuit and his quickness. He faces an uphill climb, but for the Texans, the wait on Decoud could be worth it.