Data Scout Notes: 2012: 1stC...2011: HMC...2010: NA/PM2nd…09: HMC
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Many prospects have NFL role models and Trufant isn't any different. But most prospects don't have the luxury of two older brothers already playing in the league to help guide them through the process. Marcus Trufant was a first round pick in 2003 and is still a contributing member of the Seattle Seahawks and Isaiah Trufant cut his teeth in the AFL and UFL before catching on with the Jets the last two years. Desmond is the little brother, but he also might be the best Trufant in the NFL next season.
A four-year starter, Trufant earned his way onto the field as a true freshman in 2009 and showed steady progression over his career. He set career-bests in 2011 as a junior with a pair of interceptions and 16 passes defended, but decided to return for his senior year. Although his senior stats weren't as impressive (1 interception, 9 passes defended), teams mostly stayed away from Trufant's side of the field as he was easily the top defender on the Huskies' roster. While he needs to refine his technique and is far from a polished product, there is no question he has the fluidity and competitiveness to fight for a spot in the first round.
Strengths: Athletic with fluid footwork, flashing the foot agility to drive quickly on the play. Looks natural in space, staying balanced with the hips and transition skills to redirect in any direction. Physical and fights for the ball when it's in the air, showing an excellent competitive nature. Doesn't shy from contact and will get his nose dirty in run support. Very good job tracking and highpointing with a top vertical to get his hands on the ball. Good bloodlines and understands the NFL process. Good experience as a four-year starter (47 career starts), spending time both inside and outside and in both man and zone coverage.
Weaknesses: Narrow torso, lean muscle tone and only average length. Opens his hips too early to protect against speed and needs to stay under control in his movements. Streaky technique once the ball in snapped and reverts to bad habits, relying on his natural athleticism over fundamentals. Lacks elite top-end speed and can be beat vertically. Inconsistent tackling technique, hitting too high and lacking the strength to consistently finish. Plays close to the line of scrimmage but doesn't make much contact and needs to improve his body position downfield. Too much of a grabber. Nagging hamstring injury late in 2012.
Started all 13 games at one cornerback spot ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 ... ... named Pac-12 Player of the Week after the Eastern Washington game ... in that EWU game, totaled 11 tackles, a forced fumble and also intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal the victory ... four tackles and an interception in the win over Hawai'i ... five tackles and a fumble recovery at Nebraska ... six stops and a forced fumble at Utah ... three tackles, including half a sack, in the win over Colorado ... five tackles each at Stanford and vs. Arizona ... six tackles each vs. Oregon and Oregon State ... five stops at USC ... three tackles vs. Baylor in the Alamo Bowl ... served as a game captain for the Hawai'i game ... won the team's Don James Perseverance Award at the postseason banquet.
Named first-team All-Pac-12 ... second-team All-America from FoxSportsNext.com ... voted a captain for the 2012 season ... won both the Sports Radio 950 KJR Most Outstanding Defensive Player and the Guy Flaherty Award (the team's oldest and most prestigious honor) at the team's postseason awards banquet ... had a streak of 45 straight starts broken when he sat out the Colorado game due to injury ... had started first 10 games of the 2012 season and every game since early in his freshman year ... started at corner vs. San Diego State ... had six tackles, including two-and-a-half for a loss and a sack, vs. the Aztecs ... made three tackles as starting CB at LSU ... two tackles, one for a loss, in the win over Portland State ... had a terrific game vs. Stanford, when his interception on Stanford's final drive essentially secured the UW win ... made five tackles at Oregon and one at Arizona ... had 10 tackles in the win over No. 7 Oregon State ... after sitting out Colorado game, returned to start at Washington State, where he had four tackles, forced a fumble and broke up three passes ... had two tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Boise State in the bowl game.
Started all 13 of the Huskies' games in 2010 at one cornerback ... six tackles and an interception in the overtime win over Oregon State ... season-best nine tackles vs. Stanford ... seven tackles at Washington State ... three tackles, one for a 14-yard loss, at Oregon ... five stops each at BYU and USC ... half a sack in the Syracuse game.
Came on early in the season to earn a starting spot at one cornerback position and started the final nine games of the season ... played in all 12 ... one of 10 Husky true freshmen to see action in 2009 ... won the Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman Award at the team's postseason banquet ... honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... named to The Sporting News freshman All-Pac-10 team ... after seeing significant action in the first three games of the year, picked up first starting assignment at Stanford ... the following week at Notre Dame, had six tackles, including one for a loss, and scored on a 17-yard fumble recovery ... in the win over Arizona, had four tackles, one for loss, and a 32-yard return of an interception on Arizona's final drive of the game, securing the UW victory ... four tackles at ASU and three vs. Oregon ... seven tackles (all solo) and an interception at UCLA ... also had seven tackles (all solo again) the following week at Oregon State ... seven tackles in the 42-10 win over 19th-ranked California.
Named first-team all-state by the Seattle Times following his senior season ... also earned a spot on the Seattle Times' preseason all-state team ... named to the All-Narrows League first team as both a running back and cornerback as a senior ... posted 47 tackles and eight interceptions as a junior, when he was an All-Narrows League first-team cornerback ... named a "red chip" prospect by the Seattle Times ... named a "Northwest Nugget" honorable mention by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... chosen by rivals.com as the No. 56 cornerback prospect in the nation ... tabbed as the nation's No. 70 cornerback recruit by scout.com ... listed as the No. 108 prospect in the west by superprep.com ... a younger brother of former Washington State star and current Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant ... another older brother, Isaiah, played football at Eastern Washington and for the New York Jets ... also a standout long jumper and triple jumper on the Rams' track team ... took second place in the 4A state track meet in the triple jump (46 feet, 5.75 inches) and 11th in the long jump (21 feet, 2.25 inches) as a junior in 2008 ... also played basketball at Wilson, earning second-team all-league as a junior ... played football for coach Don Clegg.
A younger brother of former Washington State star and current Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant … another older brother, Isaiah, played football at Eastern Washington and in the Arena League.
Draft Scout Player News
12/06/17 - CB Desmond Trufant (concussion) is probable and is expected to start.
11/29/17 - CB Desmond Trufant (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol.
11/27/17 - CB Desmond Trufant is in the concussion protocol after taking a hit to the neck area from teammate Keanu Neal.
11/26/17 - CB Desmond Trufant, the Falcons' top pass defender, sustained a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday's 34-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
11/08/17 - CB Desmond Trufant suffered an ankle injury and was limited in practice on Wednesday. Trufant was listed on the official report sent to the league.
The Falcons worked out cornerback Byron Maxwell on Monday, but Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said the team wasn't looking to make a move at this time.