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Thomas DeCoud S 62 204 California

By: Robert Davis

DeCoud redshirted his first season in Berkeley, then spent most of his freshman season on the sidelines. As a sophomore, he finally started to make an impact, finishing the season with 28 tackles. Last year as a junior, he had 45 tackles and three pass break ups despite missing two games because of a knee injury. DeCoud closed out his career with an excellent season, leading the team with 106 tackles, two for loss, one sack, and one interception.

DeCoud is a solid safety prospect. He has good size, and the room for more growth. He is a very good athlete, and has shown the ability to line up as a corner and cover down the field. DeCoud is tough and aggressive in run support, and is very good at reading the run and coming forward to stuff it.

DeCoud needs to make more plays on the ball, plain and simple. For a safety with his talent level, he should be able to make some big plays but they have not come during his career. He will also need to fill out his frame to better handle his style in run support. His wiry frame may not hold up at the line of scrimmage with NFL sized blockers.

DeCoud has the talent to play on Sundays. He has been a solid free safety, and if he can get stronger, his run stuffing skills will allow him to play on the strong side. He has not shown to be a big time playmaker at the college level, and that may hurt him come draft day but he could still go on Day One.


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