Opposing quarterbacks didn't test Trufant as much in 2012 as in years past, for good reason. Trufant has the quickness to stay with any receiver and the aggressiveness to break up passes on a regular basis.
One of the most impressive attributes of Trufant is his ability to play clean, smart football. A lot of top-tier college cornerbacks excel because they get away with coverage that would be too physical in the NFL. I don't get that impression from Trufant, who would rather play slightly off, then use his burst to close in on the ball at exactly the right time.
Herm Edwards is impressed with those same attributes, writing on ESPN.com (subscription needed):
Trufant is good in short spaces and can close a receiver's cushion in a hurry when he gets his foot in the ground. Plus, he's a winning tackler up at the line of scrimmage and doesn't shy away from the run. He has a solid frame but could get stronger.
Meanwhile, Walter Cherepinsky of Walterfootball.com compares Trufant to Johnathan Joseph, writing:
There are a lot of similarities between Joseph and Trufant. Both are good man corners who have the speed to prevent separation and nice size to match up against bigger receivers.
That's a good comparison for Trufant, who may be the most polished cornerback in this draft in pure man-to-man coverage.