2017 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Treston Decoud

Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Treston Decoud. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Treston Decoud. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs need to find some help for the secondary. Treston Decoud out of Oregon State could be a solid addition to the team.

There were some major struggles for the Kansas City Chiefs at the cornerback position in 2016. Through injury and bad play, Phillip Gaines simply did not do what was suspected. The Chiefs lucked into finding Terrance Mitchell late in the season. That’s why investing in a cornerback like Treston Decoud from Oregon State would make sense.

It’s easy to overlook the Chiefs secondary as a potential weakness. With Marcus Peters, Terrance Mitchell, and Steven Nelson, the starting roles are set for 2017. However, Mitchell is a free agent after this year, and cannot be relied upon.

On top of that, the Chiefs do not have any truly reliable depth on the roster at corner. Both Kenneth Acker and Phillip Gaines could easily be beaten out in Training Camp this year, and both are free agents next year. DJ White has some potential, but nothing that is proven.

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Fortunately for the Chiefs, this is a fantastic year to invest in the cornerback position. John Dorsey recently commented on the depth of the position in the NFL Draft. Do not be surprised if he decides to add multiple corners to the roster again this year.

Treston Decoud – CB – Oregon State

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If the name sounds familiar, it is because you are thinking of Treston Decoud’s cousin Thomas, who plays safety in the NFL. However, don’t think this means he’s riding coattails. Treston Decoud has had to earn everything he’s gotten in college football. The end result was becoming an All-PAC12 player this past season.

Treston Decoud brings excellent size and length to the position. He uses that size well in press coverage, pushing receivers off their marks quickly. Shows quality play recognition and an ability to read the quarterback. Versatility is a plus, having spent time in multiple coverage packages. Decoud shows a lot of talent against the run.

The negatives on Treston Decoud are that he doesn’t have the prototypical speed or quickness for the position. He can get caught flat footed at times off the snap. Will get beat with an outside release from quicker receivers. Doesn’t have the foot speed to make up ground if he gets beat.

If the Kansas City Chiefs want to get back to pressing receivers at the line of scrimmage, then I like Treston Decoud a lot for them. If the Chiefs are content to play off coverage more, then I see him being a bad fit. That will be an interesting scenario to play out in the Kansas City war room on draft weekend.

While the Kansas City Chiefs have one of the strongest rosters in the NFL, there is room for improvement in some areas. Investing in the secondary is one move that the Chiefs could truly benefit from in the long run. Adding competition to the group should help bring out some better performances.