When your team plays in a division where stopping Drew Brees and Cam Newton has to happen a combined four times every year, cornerbacks are rather important. So when Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff lost two of them this offseason — Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes — a draft day priority was pretty damn clear, and so was a need to trade up fast.
That’s what Dimitroff did, and the target was Desmond Trufant.
The Falcons gave their 30th overall pick along with two other picks (92nd and 198th overall) to the Rams for the 22nd pick, where Trufant was selected. Just like Eric Reid coming off the board ahead of Jonathan Cyprien, this comes with mild surprise, as Xavier Rhodes was still available (he went to the Vikings at No. 25). Rhodes was often projected as a top 15 pick by mocks which are now fodder for fantastic comedy.
Trufant needs to work on some fundamentals. But as the third Trufant in the NFL, his pedigree is strong, and so are his cover skills. That’s swell, but family ties won’t help you keep up with Steve Smith and Marques Colston. Good luck, kid.