The Falcons made a great pick here in Desmond Trufant. While the trade up using the third and the sixth round picks may have been too much of a price to pay, the Falcons will enjoy his play on the field, and Mike Nolan will love using him in the defense.
Trufant was a team captain for the Washington Huskies and fits the Falcons' locker room extremely well. His work ethic and drive will be something that motivates other players, and his leadership is very similar to what Asante Samuel and Sean Weatherspoon give the Falcons.
His best coverage abilities come in man, and he can make plays on the ball well. He's very effective in run support. His biggest weaknesses are all technical. However, working with Samuel and the Falcons coaching staff should make him a much better overall player.
In the end, the Falcons picked up someone who will be an instant starter on the right side of the field who could slide over to the left after a year's worth of seasoning.
Height: 5'11-5/8" Weight: 190 pounds
Arm Length: 31-1/4" Hand Measurement: 8-5/8"
40-yard dash: 4.38 sec. 10-yard split: 1.50 sec.
20-yard shuttle: 3.85 sec. 3-cone Drill: 6.67 sec. Bench Reps: 16 reps
Vertical Jump: 37.5" Broad Jump: 10'5"
2012: 12 Games Played, 36 Tackles, 4.5 Tackles for Loss, 1.0 Sacks, 1 Interception, 1 Fumble Forced, 8 Pass Deflections, 1 Blocked Kick
2011: 13 Games Played, 64 Tackles, 0.5 Tackles for Loss, 0.5 Sacks, 2 Interceptions, 2 Fumbles Forced, 14 Pass Deflections
2010: 13 Games Played, 48 Tackles, 1.5 Tackles for Loss, 0.5 Sacks, 1 Interception, 4 Pass Deflections
2009: 12 Games Played, 47 Tackles, 2.0 Tackles for Loss, 1 QB Hurry, 2 Interceptions, 1 Fumble Recovered, 6 Pass Deflections, 1 Defensive Touchdown