Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round 1/22 - Desmond Trufant, CB, 6-0, 190, Washington...He will become the third Trufant to make it to the NFL. His brothers, Marcus (Seattle) and Isaiah (Jets), already are in the league. The youngest Trufant is a big corner and is plenty fast. He ran the 40 in 4.38 seconds at the combine. He was a captain for the Huskies. He played in 12 games as a freshman in 2009, starting the last nine at cornerback. He started all 13 games as a sophomore and junior. Last season, he had a string of 45 consecutive starts snapped when he missed the Colorado game with a hamstring injury in November. "It's a perfect place for me," Trufant said. "I want to make an impact in the league from Day 1." - The Sports Xchange
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09/14/16 - CB Desmond Trufant recorded his and the team's first interception of the season against Tampa Bay. The interception was Trufant's seventh interception of his career.
04/23/16 - CB Desmond Trufant will earn more than $8 million in 2017 after the Atlanta Falcons picked up his fifth-year option on Friday (April 22).
Trufant, the 22nd pick in the 2013 draft out of Washington, made his first Pro Bowl in 2015 and has six career interceptions in 48 games.
He saw the breakout season coming.
Last summer at the outset of training camp, Trufant predicted he would be identifying with the league's elite.
"I definitely feel like I'm up there with the elite. But I'm also getting better every day," he said. "I haven't reached my prime yet, but I'm close to it. So, it's coming. It's coming."
Head coach Dan Quinn credited Trufant last season with the emergence of Robert Alford and Trufant's work in the position meeting room, where he stokes the competitiveness in the DB room.
Assistant head coach Raheem Morris, who has a background as a defensive backs coach, said Trufant's natural ability is only part of the equation.
"It's his in-the-classroom ability and his above-the-neck ability; how smart he is and what he brings to the game," he said.
The younger brother of former Seattle Seahawks first-round pick Marcus Trufant, the younger cornerback has started every game since entering the NFL and is the Falcons' No. 1 cornerback.
11/04/15 - CB Desmond Trufant (lower back) was limited at practice.
11/02/15 - CB Desmond Trufant left the Bucs game because of a lower back injury. He's recovering "well," according to coach Dan Quinn.
11/01/15 - CB Desmond Trufant took a hard fall trying to defend a deep pass in the third quarter. He was gingerly off the field with what was described as a lower back injury. He did not return.
08/17/15 - CB Desmond Trufant (shoulder) did not take part in practice. He didn't play in the exhibition opener against Tennessee.
11/24/14 - CB Desmond Trufant had an interception in the back of the end zone to stop a Cleveland scoring threat. It was his second straight game with an interception after he notched his first pick of the season at Carolina in Week 11.
08/15/14 - CB Desmond Trufant had a strong two days of practice against the Texans. "I'm playing with a lot of confidence," Trufant said. "I'm just working on the little things. I'm expecting big things this year."
12/16/13 - The Falcons' secondary, which featured three rookie starters in cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford and safety Zeke Motta, was shredded for 381 yards and three touchdowns.
Safety William Moore and Trufant came up with key interceptions.
"We bent a little bit, but we didn't break," said Trufant.
He was beaten by Pierre Garcon on a 53-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
"I gave up that one and I was kind of mad about that," Trufant said. "That is something that we usually don't do. So, I had to come back and make a lot of plays for it. That's just the life of a corner. You can't focus on the negatives."
He came back to intercept a ball intended for Garcon in the fourth quarter.
"That's only my second (interception), but I should have six," Trufant said. "I've been dropping them. I've dropped about five. I'm just trying to continue to work and make the most of my opportunities."
12/04/13 - CB Desmond Trufant finished the game with one tackle and one pass defensed. According to Stats LLC., Trufant's 14 passes defensed in 2013 are the most by a Falcons rookie in a single season, surpassing Darnell Walker, who broke up 13 passes in 1993.