Photo of Desmond Trufant
Grade
84.1 ?
  • 4.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 3.85 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 190LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

Desmond is looking to become the third Trufant brother to play professional football. Marcus has been a regular starter for the Seattle Seahawks since they picked him in the first round out of Washington State in 2003. Isaiah starred at Eastern Washington before playing in the Arena Football League and becoming the UFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 before finally getting his shot to play with the Jets the past two seasons.



Trufant seems to be on the right path to join his brothers in the NFL. Starting 45 straight games before missing a game against Colorado this year. Trufant was named honorable mention All-Pac 12 by league coaches in 2009, intercepting two passes (one that sealed the team’s win against Arizona) and breaking up six others. His numbers dropped in 2010 (one interception, four pass breakups) before picking up again in another honorable mention all-conference season as a junior (two interceptions, 14 pass breakups). His pick in the end zone in the season opener against Isaiah’s FCS alma mater prevented a disastrous home loss for the Huskies. As a senior, Trufant grabbed one pick, broke up 8 passes, forced a fumble, and blocked a kick. His play earned him 2012 All-Pac-12 first team honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Legacy pick with NFL size and athleticism. Very good short-area foot quickness, mirrors receivers on the outside on double moves up the sideline or quick out routes. Capable of playing either outside or in the slot. Has speed to run with better receivers. Plays a lot of press-bail but has length and tenacity in coverage. Regularly rips off and out-quicks receiver blocks to get into position to make plays. Competes for the ball in the air and won’t back down from physical challenges from receivers.

Weaknesses

Only adequate in his overall strength and physicality, often whiffs at tackle attempts, jumping at feet or throwing a weak shoulder. Has mental lapses in coverage that lead to big plays. Poor technique in press makes him susceptible to giving up plays. Gives up the sideline in the run game when failing to get outside leverage against receiver blocks. Will open up his hips far too quickly and immediately give up inside leverage.

NFL Comparison

Antoine Cason

Bottom Line

The brother of NFL cornerbacks Marcus and Isaiah flashes playmaking ability and very good foot quickness, but must play stronger, smarter, and avoid technique breakdowns to be considered a sure-fire NFL starter. His skillset will still likely see him as a Day 2 selection.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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