Falcons Intercept Husky DB Trufant
Welcome to the Atlanta Falcons, Desmond Trufant!
"This was our targeted pick," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "This is who we focused on all throughout the offseason."
The Falcons picked the Washington cornerback in the 22nd overall spot on Thursday night. Trufant is also the brother of former Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant and Jets cornerbacker Isaiah Trufant. In 2012, he defended nine passes, forced a fumble, and picked off a pass, en route to an All-Pac 12 first team selection. Trufant started all four years for the Huskies.
As mentioned in the Thurdsay article, Atlanta was looking to trade up during Day 1, trying to land better talent, particularly on the defensive side of the football. They swapped first-round picks with St. Louis - the Rams taking Atlanta's 30th overall pick while the Falcons moved up eight spots. Atlanta drafted for talent on defense by getting Trufant and he can start right away and contribute to a defense that gave up 365.6 yards per game last year (near the bottom of the defensive rankings).Trufant can run with the NFC South recievers and also has the athleticism to make key plays, whether it's intercepting passes or forcing fumbles.
Based on the NFL.com scouting reports, the former Husky defensive standout must minimize giving up the big play. He needs to improve on his technique so that he won't get beat by a Marques Colston or Vincent Jackson while working on getting better at being a consistent tackler.
Overall, the pick was an acceptable one. Trufant is considered a dynamic addition to a Falcons secondary hurt recently by the departure of corners Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson. He will also be a good complement to four-time Pro Bowler Asante Samuel. Hopefully, those two corners will slow down more recievers and help the Falcons defense grow into a top-tier unit.