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Desmond Trufant | Cornerback

Team: Washington Huskies
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185

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Falcons selected Washington CB Desmond Trufant with the No. 22 overall pick.
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff was able to work out a deal with his former employee Les Snead, sending the No. 30, 92 and 198 overall picks to the Rams. Trufant fills one of Atlanta's biggest needs, and should slide in as an immediate starter opposite LCB Asante Samuel. Trufant (6-0, 190) started 46 games for the Huskies, recording six interceptions, 8.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Longtime Seahawks CB Marcus' younger brother, Desmond ran 4.38 at the Combine with a 1.47 ten-yard split and 37.5-inch vertical. Trufant has exceptional feet, fluidity and the speed to stay in the receiver's hip pocket, but lacks physicality ala Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:40:00 PM

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Washington CB Desmond Trufant will visit the Patriots in the near future.

The Patriots appear to be targeting corners, pass rushers, and offensive tackles. Trufant is at his best when mirroring in the open field due to quick feet to stick with breaking routes. We do question his willingness to get physical in multiple phases of the game, however.
Source: NESN
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 03:26:00 PM

Washington CB Desmond Trufant visited the Falcons on Thursday.

Some consider Trufant the top senior corner, although we prefer Jamar Taylor. With the Falcons losing Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes to free agency, the team could select a corner with pick No. 30. There will be plenty of talented cover men in that area, but Trufant's best attribute are his quick feet to mirror downfield.
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes Washington CB Desmond Trufant is a plug and play starter.

"Trufant's cover skills, instincts (are) impressive," McShay tweeted. "Not allergic to run support but takes "buffet" approach." By Buffet, McShay means that he picks and chooses when he wants to get physical against ball carriers. We like Trufant's foot quickness to mirror receivers' routes.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 11:40:00 AM's Gil Brandt believes Washington CB Desmond Trufant solidified his first-round status after working out at the school's pro day.

"Trufant’s workout was phenomenal, and I would imagine that he’s knocking on the door to be a late first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft," Brandt writes. We love Trufant's foot speed to mirror with receivers downfield but wonder how he will handle the physical parts of the NFL game.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 10:07:00 AM

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reports Washington CB Desmond Trufant has met with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Trufant is a good fit in Jacksonville, who is moving to a hybrid, under scheme and featuring physical cornerbacks. There are few more physical than Trufant, who has a tendency to be overly physical with receivers. He needs to improve his technique but has the physical skill-set to be a quality NFL player.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 04:27:00 PM

CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan mocked Washington CB Desmond Trufant to the Tamp Bay Buccaneers at No. 13 overall.

"Trufant has outstanding quickness and speed," Kirwan writes. "The Bucs may have wanted Rhodes in this spot but Miami could beat them to the punch." It is tough to tell if this is Kirwan's personal evaluation or buzz from the league, but even mentioning Trufant in the top 12 is noteworthy. We like his mirroring skills, but the Washington product severely lacks a physical side to his game.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 10:16:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Washington CB Desmond Trufant's draft evaluation is dependent on how teams perceive his physicality.

"If you get past his lack of physicality throughout the season, he's a first-round pick," Mayock said. "If you can't get by that, he's going to slide significantly." Trufant put on a great Senior Bowl performance and showed his long speed at the Combine, but teams might question his competitiveness when forced to make contact.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Washington CB Desmond Trufant ran an official forty of 4.38 at the NFL Combine.

Trufant has NFL blood lines and impressed many evaluators with his performance at the Senior Bowl. His name is frequently mentioned in the first-round, however, there are plenty of other prospects considered din the same range.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 01:14:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler doesn't consider Washington CB Desmond Trufant a "slam dunk first-rounder."

According to Brugler, Trufant has very good "feet and competes, but (his) technique needs a lot of work." Brugler then asks "How fast is Trufant? It wouldn't surprise me if he runs a 4.5 at the Combine, having been beat badly at times...'quicker than fast.'" The Washington corner put together a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 05:21:00 PM

NFL scouts are reportedly universally branding Washington CB Desmond Trufant a "lock first-round pick."

Built like older brother Marcus, Desmond measured 5-foot-11 1/8 and 190 pounds in Mobile before turning in a stellar week of practices. A 47-game starter at Washington, Trufant recorded just six career interceptions but was an impact cover corner on a bad Huskies defense. He appears to be competing with Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks to be the No. 2 cornerback drafted behind Dee Milliner.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:43:00 PM

Washington CB Desmond Trufant will attend the Senior Bowl in late January.

From a box score standpoint, Trufant won't blow you away, but his NFL bloodlines bode well for the younger brother of Marcus. The Husky has played on a weak Washington team this season and could thrive in Mobile.
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 12:58:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang considers Washington senior CB Desmond Trufant the team's top draft-eligible prospect.

Trufant edges out junior quarterback Keith Price for the top spot. Rang calls the senior "athletic and instinctive" to go along with "improved physicality in 2011" while projecting him to fit best in an off-man scheme. In order to improve his evaluation, Rang notes that Trufant needs to become a better open field tackler, but the Husky already has the fluidity and straight-line speed necessary for the position.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 03:08:00 PM