Photo of Desmond Trufant
Drafted By: Falcons
  • Round 1
  • Pick 22
  • Overall 22

Combine Results

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  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"It fits a need. He's quick-footed. I believe playing in Atlanta you're going to see this kid flourish." -- Mike Mayock

  • 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 with the Jets the past two seasons.


Trufant started 45 straight games before missing a game against Colorado this year. He 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 alma mater prevented a disastrous home loss for the Huskies. As a senior, Trufant grabbed one pick, broke up eight 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 outquicks 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. .
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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