The work is never finished for draft prospects. Just look to Treston Decoud as an example. The former Oregon State corner played in the East West Shrine Game, worked out for NFL Scouts and executives at the NFL Scouting Combine, and followed that up with a solid Pro Day workout in Corvallis. But that was only just the start.
Lately, Decoud has been traveling around and working for potential employers. He had a visit and workout with the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago and is headed to the Big Easy on Friday to participate in the Saints local pro day.
This Pro Day is yet another opportunity for Decoud to showcase his talent and work ethic in front of a coaching staff with a history of signing Oregon State players (Keenan Lewis, Brandin Cooks, and Obum Gwacham). To make a big impression, Decoud will have to outperform four players from LSU in Lewis Neal, Colin Jeter, Davon Godchaux, and Rickey Jefferson.
The local boys will have an advantage, but Decoud has never let a challenge hold him down. Besides, the videos on his Twitter account show off Decoud’s dedication to making it as a pro.
Despite being stacked with defensive backs, the Saints had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season and are primed for more players. New Orleans finished dead last in pass yards allowed with an average of 273.8 yards-per-game and 31st in points-per-game with 28.4.
Quarterbacks like Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Jameis Winston had no issues racking up both yards and points against the Saints. The lack of production resulted in safety Jairus Byrd’s release as well as a decree from general manager Mickey Loomis that the Saints would target cornerbacks in the draft.
Will Decoud be one of those cornerbacks? The NFL Draft starts April 27th, and runs through the weekend.