The Atlanta Falcons worked the phone in the middle of the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, trading with the St. Louis Rams in a move that netted the Birds the No. 22 pick.
With that pick, the Falcons selected former Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com helped report that a trade had been made:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
The #Falcons are now on the clock. Traded with the #Rams. So, STL goes up… and then back. Meanwhile, Bengals select Tyler Eifert2013-4-26 02:34:19
The Falcons' official Twitter account then confirmed the selection:
Atlanta Falcons @AtlantaFalcons
Falcons select CB Desmond Trufant from University of Washington with the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. #atldraft2013-4-26 02:36:53
As a senior with the Huskies, Trufant had one interception and nine passes defensed. He shot up draft boards after the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine and became the third cornerback selected in the 2013 draft.
Desmond Trufant @DesmondTrufant
Proud to be an Atlanta Falcon in the RED and Black # Tide2013-4-26 02:52:50
After Dee Milliner and D.J. Hayden both came off the board in the first 12 picks, Atlanta quietly waited to see if Trufant would fall past the point it was willing to give up assets to move up in the first round.
When Cincinnati, a team with CB needs, chose tight end Tyler Eifert with the No. 21 pick, Atlanta management decided the No. 22 spot was the perfect time to pounce and recruited St. Louis to move up eight spots and get a new starter on its defense.
As reported by Michael King of WXIA Atlanta, here are the details of the trade:
Michael King @mhking
#Falcons trade Picks 30, 92 & 198 from this year's draft for the #Rams Pick 22 and a 7th rounder in the 2015 #NFLDraft2013-4-26 02:42:56
Although the Falcons had to sacrifice some of their later picks, this is a huge trade for the Birds. Already built to contend in the NFL, the Falcons are in a position where they can be a little bit flippant with second- and third-round picks if they feel a starter is available in the first round with a trade to move up.
Conversely, St. Louis gets back some of the picks it traded to Buffalo to move up to No. 8 and draft wide receiver Tavon Austin, and it only has to move back eight spots to do so.
With an NFL bloodline (brothers Marcus and Isaiah) and an impressive performance during the draft process, Trufant did enough to impress Atlanta over the past three months. He'll likely get one of the first cracks to win a starting CB job when training camp opens.