Decoud joined a crowded class of defensive backs looking to make futures in the NFL, but his workout was especially important considering that he could have a career as either a safety or corner depending on how coaches view him.
Let's check in and see how Decoud fared under the spotlight.
Hands: 9 ¼”
Arm Length: 33”
40-Yard Dash: 4.63 Seconds. Decoud’s 4.63 seconds were the slowest of the first corner group. This time isn’t too worrisome, however, given that the average time for corners on a yearly basis is 4.55 seconds while the safeties are slightly slower at 4.6 seconds. For example, Kam Chancellor of the Seahawks ran a 4.69 back in his Combine Days while Brandon Browner of the Patriots, Saints, and Seahawks ran a 4.63.
Bench Press: 11 Reps. Decoud’s 11 reps placed him in the bottom half of the defensive back group. He did tie with Damontae Kazee and Gareon Conley, two of the better corner prospects in this Draft.
Vertical Leap: 31 Inches. Decoud finished third from last in his group with a 31-inch vertical.
Broad Jump: 116 Inches. Decoud’s 116-inch broad jump wasn’t the best showing for the Oregon State corner as he finished second to last in the DB group.
Speed-Turn Drill: Decoud took part in the Speed-Turn Drill as part of his Combine job interview. Remember, Mike Mayock listed this drill as the most important for defensive backs as it tests the ability to change direction quickly and locate the ball in the air. And for the most part, Decoud was very good. He changed direction well, located the ball while running full speed, and made the catch on the first try. The only negative during Decoud’s time with the Speed-Turn Drill was that he did display some of those tight hips that Lance Zierlein pointed out. His narrow base during the backpedal caused a few balance issues at the beginning of the drill, but Decoud recovered.
“W” Drill: The DB starts lined up at the first of three cones. He backpedals at the start of the play, runs at a forward angle to the second cone, backpedals once again, and run at a forward angle to the third cone. At this point, a quarterback throws a pass right at the DB, who must make the interception and finish the play at full speed. Decoud had two opportunities during this drill, once to the left and once to the right. He was successful at both attempts, quickly changing direction and making the catches. Interestingly enough, his tight hips weren’t as noticeable in the confined spaces. Mike Mayock did point out during the broadcast that Decoud would look slightly different than some of the other DB’s during this drill because of the narrow base, but that was the only negative comment he made. Mayock seemed satisfied that Decoud made the catch both times and didn’t struggle with balance during the drill.
The next event on Decoud’s horizon is the Oregon State Pro Day, which will be held Friday, March 17th. BeaverBlitz will be on hand to provide updates.