Here are 5 LA Rams CBs to track at the NFL Scouting Combine
Decobie Durant, South Carolina State – CB
The list of NFL players that have successfully come from historically Black colleges and universities is not long, but there are notable names that made the transition. Decobie Durant could be the next player to make that transition.
Durant stands out from some of the other late-round to potentially undrafted cornerbacks because tackling is one of his strengths rather than a potential concern about him. Thanks to his speed and awareness, he excels as a playmaker in the secondary.
Decobie Durant’s most significant weaknesses are his lack of consistency and struggles in man coverage. The man coverage issue is may not be as much of a concern for a zone heavy-team, but struggling in man coverage at a small school could be a sign of much more significant issues coming at the NFL level, as NFL wide receivers will punish him much more for his mistakes.
Durant presents an opportunity at a legitimate number two cornerback for the LA Rams despite the potential concerns about his consistency and man coverage ability. There is potential for him to be a Trevon Diggs type cornerback, where there are apparent risks because of his man coverage abilities, but he makes enough plays to offset it.
Durant is not likely to lead the league in interceptions anytime soon, but if he can react to the football when playing at NFL speeds, there is something to love with Durant. He is another player whose draft stock is being driven down because of the completion he went against in college.
Decobie Durant is a player to keep an eye on at the NFL Scouting Combine because he can showcase his speed during the workouts and show his reaction timing to NFL drills. If Durant is successful throughout the NFL Scouting Combine process, he will emerge as a potential top-sleeper candidate in the 2022 NFL Draft.