Atlanta Falcons Select Desmond Trufant 22nd Overall |

Atlanta Falcons Select Desmond Trufant 22nd Overall

1.22 Atlanta Falcons Desmond Trufant, CB, University of Washington (6-0, 190)

Desmond Trufant was selected as the twenty-second overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Trufant has a combination of fantastic size and speed that should lend itself well to the physicality of the NFL. While he is a bit on the lighter side in the back pocket, his length and quick burst will make him difficult to contend with. And with Trufant jumping right into an already stout defensive backfield, he should be set up for success as a rookie, learning the ropes from veteran Asante Samuel.

The one weakness I’ve heard consistently from “experts” is that he tends to miss relatively easy tackles in open space, which could be a problem with quick slot guys and screen passes to his side. If the Falcons can work out that kink and get him to be more physical at the line of scrimmage, it would be more than worth the bounty they traded to the Rams (3rd and 6th round pick) to move up 7 spots to get Trufant.

This pick should more than make up for the loss of Dunta Robinson this offseason and help give the Falcons a fighting chance at getting back to the NFC Championship in the 2013-14 season.

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