Now, he does have some pop as a tackler and will attack the line of scrimmage with some vengeance. However, he's too often clipped and easily knocked off balance by downfield blockers in pursuit and simply lacks the kind of range to quickly close sideline-to-sideline in all areas of the game.
Impression: Possesses good size and above-average overall instincts, but he simply lacks the athleticism and overall range to hold up in coverage in an NFL secondary. Will likely be looked at more as an undersized outside linebacker and special teams guy."
Positive: King-sized safety who plays the game like a linebacker. Explosive up the field in run defense, is a strong tackler, and easily brings opponents down at the point of attack. Aggressive in all aspects of the game, effectively diagnoses the action, and flashes cover skills between the numbers. Takes on blocks and defeats them getting to the action.
Negative: Possesses marginal coverage skills, lacks a great burst to the ball out of his plant, and struggles in man coverage. Lacks great range and struggles to make plays outside the numbers.
Analysis: DeCicco has been very productive in the Pittsburgh system since his sophomore season and has ability to contribute at the next level in a zone system or as a traditional strong safety. Should also be an asset on special teams."
As a true freshman at Pitt in 2007, Dom saw some action, mostly on special teams.
In 2008, he started 11 games at strong safety and tallied 56 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 FFs and 2 FRs.
In 2009, Dom started all 13 games at strong safety, and was named 2nd-team All-Big East after piling up 88 tackles, three interceptions, three PBUs and a FF.
In 2010, he led the Pitt team with 94 total tackles, and added 6 TFLs, 5 interceptions, 3 other PBUs, and 2 FFs.
Strengths: Great size for a SS. Might be able to transition to OLB. Nice asset on short yardage and goal line situations. Solid tackler. Has been a leader on the field, and is a student of the game. Should be a ST terror from day one. Has a nose for the pick.
Weaknesses: Box safety only. Would be a liability in coverage vs. NFL receivers. Better going forward than backwards. Tweener with no real NFL position at present.
Projection: 7th rounder or priority UDFA."
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