Desmond Trufant: How Will Falcons' Newest CB Fare in the Pros?

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 25, 2013

The Atlanta Falcons got a day-one starter in the secondary by drafting Desmond Trufant.
The Atlanta Falcons got a day-one starter in the secondary by drafting Desmond Trufant.Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons moved up to the 22nd spot to draft cornerback Desmond Trufant. The former Washington Huskies star became the third cornerback drafted in the 2013 NFL draft

Pro Outlook

Few cornerbacks in this year's draft have the overall skill set and technique of Trufant. He has great quickness with his feet and the ability to plant his feet an drive on the football.

Trufant can be left on an island in man coverage, but also has the instincts to play zone coverage. He's also athletic enough to make plays down the field in jump ball situations.

If Trufant wants to reach his full potential, he's going to need to become more physical in his overall game.

Fantasy Outlook 

Playing against quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Josh Freeman twice a year is never good for a fantasy football defense. However, the addition of Trufant for Atlanta will certainly help to slow down those high-powered offenses.

Roster Outlook

With Asante Samuel as the only real starting-caliber cornerback on the Falcons' roster, Trufant should start right away. He won't be responsible for covering a teams' best receiver, but he'll start nonetheless.

Pick Analysis

The Falcons moved up a handful of picks to take Trufant. Cornerback was a huge need for Atlanta, and Trufant fills that need instantaneously.

The fact that they didn't have to move up too far to draft a player with Trufant's skills is a big win for the Falcons.

Grade: A