After nearly five full rounds of waiting, corner Treston Decoud found his future employer.
As the Houston Texans prepared to make their fifth-round draft pick (169th overall), more than 30 defensive backs had been selected, but none were by general manager Rick Smith. This was an issue for the longtime executive considering that he lost both a starting cornerback and safety during Free Agency and also had multiple defensive backs (KJ Dillon, Kevin Johnson) healing from injuries. Luckily, Smith chose this moment to select Decoud and add some critical depth to his defensive backfield.
Houston may have quite a few defensive backs on the roster, but Decoud couldn’t go to a better place. He will get to sit and learn from a longstanding All-Pro in Johnathan Joseph, and he will get to play for an outstanding defensive coach in Mike Vrabel.
Whether Decoud switches to safety or stays at corner, he will find a role on a defense that faces off against high-powered quarterbacks in Marcus Mariota and Andrew Luck. And even if he doesn’t become a starter in the next year or so, Decoud’s tackling ability will greatly improve a Texans special teams unit that gave up multiple kick returns for touchdowns. Just watch highlights from the Divisional Round Playoff loss to the Patriots to see how he could improve the unit.
More importantly, Decoud will have a huge chip on his shoulder after being passed over by every team in the draft. The talented corner will use this slight as a driving force to become the best possible player, and he will do so by trying to intercept passes from a former Oregon Duck.
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