The Atlanta Falcons were bound to make a move in the first round with GM Thomas Dimitroff holding 11 picks, and make a move they did. Trading up to number 22 from the St. Louis Rams, the Falcons got the athletic DB they had been looking for in Desmond Trufant.
The Washington CB is exactly the kind of defensive back Atlanta needed to get. With Dunta Robinson and his shoulder tackle whiffs gone to the Kansas City Chiefs, and Brent Grimes taking his leaping skills to the Miami Dolphins, the Falcons had to get someone who could jump right in and learn on the job.
Trufant has all the skills, and has the football smarts, he just needs time on the field–and he’ll get it with Atlanta this year. Having Trufant come in opposite Asante Samuel will allow Robert McClain to remain the Falcons’ nickel back solution, where he played exceedingly well last season.
The Falcons loved what they saw of Trufant when they worked him out, and he comes from a great NFL bloodline, with his brother Marcus Trufant playing DB for the Seattle Seahawks, and brother Isaiah Trufant playing the same position for the New York Jets.
Despite being first team All-Pac-12 his senior year, it was Trufant’s Senior Bowl performance and Pro Day workout for Atlanta that put him over the top. He’ll be an impact player right from the start for Atlanta if he lives up to the impression he made with the team.
For more information on Desmond Trufant check out his 2013 NFL Draft Profile here!