6. DESMOND TRUFANT, Washington
Key 2012 stats: 36 tackles, 1 INT, 9 passes defended
Trufant is similar to Taylor in that he really can play in any system, though his agility and quickness (a 3.85-second short shuttle was one of the fastest in Combine history) suggest he might be the draft’s best slot corner.
That is not a knock. The slot corner often is a starter, and he can be on the field for more snaps than a Mike backer. He has the quick feet, closing speed and physicality needed to stick with a slot receiver through traffic. He, too, needs to become a more consistent tackler, as slot corners need to bring down receivers before short completions become big gains.
He’s not the takeaway producer you’d like to see. He played 50 games at Washington – at one point, starting 45 straight – and finished his career with onl 6 INTs. Linebacker Manti Te’o had seven picks in 2012 alone.
Don’t minimize the important of Trufant’s exposure to NFL secondaries. He’ll become the third Trufant brother to play in the NFL.