Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: CB Desmond Trufant
Desmond Trufant, CB Washington
6-0, 190 pounds
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
40 time: 4.38
20-yard shuttle: 3.85
News and Notes:
Brother of NFL defensive backs Marcus and Isaiah. … Started 45 straight games before missing a game against Colorado this season. … All-Pac-12 first-team honors in 2012 after getting one interception, breaking up eight passes, forcing a fumble and blocking a kick. … Impressed scouts and turned heads at the Senior Bowl, likely vaulting himself into the first round. … Technique could use some work. … Some questions on his long foot speed. … Can play both man and zone coverage.
What they’re saying about him:
- RantSports.com: “Give him a few years to gain some experience and there’s a good chance Trufant may turn out to be one of the biggest steals of the 2013 NFL Draft–especially if he manages to work on his speed. It’s always beneficial when a cornerback can make an impact during his rookie season and it will be interesting to see how well Trufant makes the transition to the NFL after an impressive career at Washington.“
- NFL.com: “The brother of NFL cornerbacks Marcus and Isaiah flashes playmaking ability and very good foot quickness, but must play stronger, smarter, and avoid technique breakdowns to be considered a sure-fire NFL starter. His skillset will still likely see him as a Day 2 selection.”
- Good in tight spaces. Has the size to not not get overpowered by bigger WRs.
- Willing tackler. Has a tendency to dive uncontrollably at the ballcarrier’s feet. Could use some work on technique.
- Downfield speed looked good to me on the play at the 2:55 point of the video.
- Gets off a block and helps bring the ballcarrier down nicely at 3:30 of the video.
- Would have liked to see a few more plays with Trufant in press coverage.
- Other team’s better watch this kid coming from the edge on field goals and extra point attempts.
If drafted by the Packers:
We’ve been waiting for Tramon Williams to play like he did in 2010 for the last two seasons. Now Williams is 30. How many 30-year-old corners get better instead of worse? Not many.
I’m not saying it’s time to cut Williams, but it is probably time to have a backup plan and start planning for when it is time to move on, whenever that may be.
Sam Shields also could be out the door for a fat contract if he has a good 2013 season (there’s always the chance that Shields, a restricted free agent, could be gone this year if someone signs him to an offer sheet).
We can talk all we want about the read option and mobile quarterbacks, but the bottom line is this: the NFL is still a passing league. You can never have enough talented cornerbacks. I’ll never argue against drafting a cornerback in the first round as long as Ted Thompson thinks he’s talented enough to be picked that high.
Trufant looks like the real deal to me. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Packers take him.——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .