Atlanta Falcons defensive back Desmond Trufant, who was the organization’s first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, will participate in organized team activities for the first time this year. Trufant was not allowed to suit up with the Falcons at OTAs until his senior exams were done.
Not only is the 22-year-old capable of having an immediate impact for Atlanta in the upcoming season, but he will also be bringing a degree from the University of Washington with him. It is a tribute to Trufant’s dedication to his academics, which no doubt has transitioned well onto the gridiron.
The Falcons traded up eight spots from the 30th overall selection in the draft to the 22nd pick to select Trufant. The reason Atlanta moved up his because they knew that if they wanted to get to the Super Bowl they would need solid defensive backs that can cover top-notch wide receivers. It was evident in the NFC Championship Game that the defensive backs were not getting the job done against the San Francisco 49ers.
There is no question cornerback was the biggest need heading into the offseason. The good news is the Falcons took care of those worries immediately with Trufant. He can play any corner position, but he is most likely best suited in the nickel package. He has the confidence that is required to play corner at the professional level and he can back up that confidence with solid play.
Trufant posted 36 total tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble and nine passes defended for Washington last season.