2013 Atlanta Falcons NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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May 4, 2013; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) participates in drills at Falcons Rookie Camp. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

1. First round, 22nd overall: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

One of the best pure cover corners in this year’s draft, Trufant is a guy that I really liked a lot. The Falcons saw their need at CB with Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes both gone off to new teams, and they attacked it by trading up with the St. Louis Rams to get their guy. This is a big cornerback with great speed who was a great leader and team captain at Washington. He had started 45 straight games up until last year when he missed a game vs. Colorado. This is a durable player with great speed and coverage skills who can be a dominant player in the NFL if he reaches his full potential. Despite all the games he started in a row, he had just four interceptions over the last three seasons. I think opposite Asante Samuel, he can have a lot of success as a rookie for the Falcons and play a huge role in their defense.

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