2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Falcons first-rounder Trufant to wear No. 21

By CHARLES ODUM - AP Sports Writer
    2013-04-26 16:22

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Desmond Trufant will be wearing No. 21 for the Falcons.

That's the same number worn by another cornerback, Deion Sanders, when the future Hall of Famer played his first five seasons in Atlanta.

Trufant, a four-year starter at Washington, said Friday it will be an honor to wear the number.

``l knew that was Deion Sanders' number when he was here,'' Trufant said. ``He was a great player and I would just love to follow in a guy's footsteps like that. It's an honor to wear it and an honor to be here in general. It's pretty cool. I can't wait to put it on.''

The Falcons traded up in the first round on Thursday night to make Trufant the No. 22 pick overall. Atlanta swapped the 30th selection and gave up its third- and six-round picks, while acquiring a 2015 seventh-round pick from the Rams.

For Friday's news conference, Trufant posed with a No. 1 jersey as the first-round pick.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff said the trade was based on information gathered in two years of scouting Trufant.

``We've monitored and followed closely Desmond's career,'' Dimitroff said. ``As we started getting closer and closer to being able to pull the tag off the board, we started getting a little bit more excited about the idea of having him as part of this football team.''

Dimitroff said he sees Trufant as a ``full package type of player'' with ideal character, skills and work ethic.

``What I mean by that is not only his on-field abilities but also his off-field abilities, the way he carries himself, his approach to the game, his seriousness about getting better all the time and working on his craft,'' Dimitroff said.

Playing cornerback in the NFL is a family business for Trufant and older brothers Marcus and Isaiah. Marcus Trufant now is a free agent after playing 10 years with Seattle. Isaiah Trufant played in nine games with one start for the New York Jets in 2012.

The Falcons are expecting Trufant to compete for a starting job as a rookie, and he says notes he has taken from watching his brothers will help his adjustment.

``My brothers are big, a big influence on me,'' Trufant said. ``I've been watching them since I was a young kid. They've had success all through high school and college and the NFL. I've been watching them, taking notes and studying them. We're a tight group. Nothing will separate us. It's just big to have two influences like that. Not too many people have that.''

Trufant (6-0, 190) was timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash during the combine after starting 47 of 50 games at Washington. He was a team captain as a college senior, and Dimitroff used the same term when he talked about Trufant's strong character.

``That's very, very important for us, the idea of getting another captain in the fold here,'' Dimitroff said. ``I say that because there's a lot in my mind that goes into that. This guy is going to be committed to improving all the time. We always say how important it is for a guy to be committed to his craft.

``This is a guy who truly puts effort into improving his craft like the older veterans around here, Tony Gonzalez and Matt Ryan and such. He's a guy who comes in here from day one knowing that he's going to work to improve all the time.''

Trufant's brothers may be one reason he comes to the Falcons with what Dimitroff says is an unusually strong understanding of the game, including his ability to play outside and inside in the secondary.

``That's not only from an athletic standpoint but from an understanding of the game standpoint, which is something that sometimes will hold a player back,'' Dimitroff said.

The Falcons need help at cornerback after cutting Dunta Robinson and losing Brent Grimes and Christopher Owens in free agency. Trufant could earn a starting job beside veteran Asante Samuel.

Trufant said he felt comfortable with the Falcons since visiting Flowery Branch for a workout in March.

``I had a good visit here,'' he said. ``I had a good workout as well. I was just excited. I wanted to be here. I loved it, I loved all the people. They just had great players and great coaches. So I'm just happy to be here.

``It's just the perfect situation so I'm looking to take advantage of it.''

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Sam BradfordJun 29 05:22p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second [ More ]

Charles JohnsonJun 29 02:02p

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and [ More ]

C.J. SpillerJun 28 09:02p

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling [ More ]

Tony MoeakiJun 25 07:12p

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for [ More ]

Kelvin BenjaminJun 25 03:52p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training [ More ]

Antoine CasonJun 25 03:03a

Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he [ More ]

Marvin JonesJun 24 09:13p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Keith WenningJun 24 02:43p

Free-agent QB Keith Wenning (Ravens) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pierre GarconJun 24 02:23p

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could be featured more often in the passing game this season based on the offseason workouts. Garcon often lined up to the right of [ More ]

Martavis BryantJun 24 01:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp. Both players performed well during offseason workouts.

Peyton ManningJun 24 11:53a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and [ More ]

Rueben RandleJun 24 10:53a

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle [ More ]

Chris IvoryJun 24 10:43a

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is listed as the starting running back entering training camp, according to beat writer Rich Cimini's unofficial depth chart. RB Bilal Powell is [ More ]

Devonta FreemanJun 23 10:22a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Joseph RandleJun 23 10:02a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.

Ahmad BradshawJun 22 11:32p

Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) has been suspended one game for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. If he signs with a team he must sit out for the first week.

Terrelle PryorJun 22 04:33p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Fred DavisJun 19 06:02p

New England Patriots TE Fred Davis was released Friday, June 19.

Dennis PittaJun 19 02:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was not medically cleared to practice in minicamp as he continues to recover from his second dislocated and fractured hip in as many [ More ]

Isaiah CrowellJun 19 01:22p

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Devonta FreemanJun 19 01:12p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be used in a lot of different ways, including as a receiver, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'I knew Devonta had terrific [ More ]

Chris OgbonnayaJun 19 11:32a

Free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Giants) announced his retirement Friday, June 19.

John MoffittJun 18 11:02p

Free-agent OG John Moffitt unretired Wednesday, June 17, and cleared waivers Thursday, June 18. He is free to sign with a team of his choosing. The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 09:32p

Free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor is going to give it a shot at playing wide receiver in the NFL. Some teams have already expressed an interest.

Allen RobinsonJun 18 09:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson was described as 'unbelievable' by QB Blake Bortles Thursday, June 18. 'He's definitely a threat now in the red zone. ... He's physical. He [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 05:32p

Cincinnati Bengals QB Terrelle Pryor was waived Thursday, June 18.

Taylor ThompsonJun 18 05:32p

Tennesse Titans TE Taylor Thompson was waived Thursday, June 18.

Matthew MulliganJun 18 04:32p

Free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Titans) signed an undisclosed contract with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, June 18.

Carlton MitchellJun 18 04:22p

Free-agent WR Carlton Mitchell (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, June 18. WR Shane Wynn was waived.

Daniel ThomasJun 18 04:12p

Free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pat DevlinJun 18 04:12p

Chicago Bears QB Pat Devlin, TE Jacob Maxwell and PK Jeremiah Detmer were waived Thursday, June 18.

Dez BryantJun 18 11:42a

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant arrived for the final day of minicamp Thursday, June 18.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group