Atlanta trades up for Desmond Trufant

4/25/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Oct 27, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies cornerback Desmond Trufant (6) before the game against the Oregon State Beavers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsAfter trading up earlier, the St. Louis Rams traded down eight picks, receiving a third-round and sixth-round pick from the Atlanta Falcons so the Falcons could select Desmond Trufant, a four-year starter from Washington.

Trufant is fast (4.38 40-yard dash), and has excellent ball skills. The only question with him is how physical a tackler he can be. Trufant is a four-down player, as he can also help the Falcons as a punt returner. 

Atlanta lost Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes to free agency, and they already weren't a great pass defense (23rd last year), so targeting a defensive back was a no brainer for the Falcons.  Atlanta also could have targeted a pass rusher here, because that is another team need.

One question is whether Atlanta needed to trade up to get Trufant. Lots of pundits had him dropping to the bottom of the first round or even the early second round.
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