Reporting Jamie Walker
Desmond Trufant is your newest Atlanta Falcon and it really should not have been any doubt about it. I know some of the experts wanted to go pass rush or take the local prospects like Jarvis Jones or Alec Ogletree but the market dictated that the run on quality corners was about to take place, thus the front office made the move up from pick number 30 to 22 to get Trufant. Ironically, as much as the pre-draft talk was about the importance of the defensive end or a pass rushing specialist, you saw that the picks of those positions were more “needs-based” for certain squads and teams obviously thought the depth in quality players with that skillset were plentiful.
Trufant is 6’0, 190 pounds, runs a 4.38, and was a team captain for his Washington Huskies squad. With the pedigree of having two brothers playing in the NFL, Trufant can and should start from day one. He will have the understanding of what it takes to be a professional in the NFL. Remember what Roddy White said on ESPN’s First Take and the team has essentially echoed, it is “Super Bowl or Bust” this year, so this pick needed to be as pro-ready as possible for the Falcons. Being across from Asante’ Samuel, a proven veteran, can only make him better, potentially forming a great tandem, both technically and instinctively. This by no means negates the need for a pass rusher for the Falcons, as demonstrated by them holding on to their 2nd round pick in the trade with the Rams for the 22nd pick. Besides, no matter how great any teams’ secondary may be, they cannot blanket receivers forever. However, this next pick has to be versatile schematically considering what Mike Nolan wants to do defensively, running a hybrid system with concepts of the 4-3 or 3-4. This will be an interesting Friday for the Atlanta Falcons.
Walker is a Producer/Atlanta Falcons Blogger for 92.9 The Game and can be followed on Twitter @coachjdub21 or reached through email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com