Matt LaPan

Best Selections of the 2013 First Round

Created on Apr. 26, 2013 2:02 AM EST

Desmond Trufant, Atlanta No. 22

he Falcons continued their trend of aggressive draft tactics under Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff. They moved up from the No. 30 pick and grabbed the 22nd pick from the St. Louis Rams to take Desmond Trufant, a cornerback from Washington.

Trufant has NFL size and speed to go along with great coverage abilities, making him one of the top defensive backs in the draft. This was a perfect fit for the Falcons, who had Asante Samuel and second-year defensive back Robert McClain slotted as their starters. Trufant fills the need for a starting cornerback in Atlanta, and the Falcons did not have to give up much to get him.

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