Falcons make smart pick, and trade, with Trufant

AP Photo/John Bazemore
AP Photo/John Bazemore

I feel like I’m getting to know Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff pretty well.

Last night, about halfway through the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers made a move to draft LSU safety Eric Reid. I don’t know of any better example to prove a team is pissed off about last season than the 49ers’ offseason so far. They’ve made every attempt to get better and avenge their Super Bowl loss in February.

This is very bad news for the Falcons, and until last night, they were looking very shaky in the secondary. Having lost several players on a defense that was already bad, the San Francisco pick was extremely unsettling for me, knowing the Falcons wouldn’t pick until No. 30. But I had a feeling in my gut that told me to stay awake for a little while longer.

Dimitroff was getting ready to trade up. I just knew it.

Sure enough, he did, and the Falcons picked Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant just four picks after the 49ers took Reid — and eight picks before their scheduled 30th overall pick. It wasn’t a brilliant pick for a player that is a sure-fire superstar, but it was bold and it helped fill a massive hole on the roster.

I’ve never watched Trufant closely in any UW games, so instead, here are the thoughts of analysts and experts who are familiar with his play:

The price tag to move up might come back to haunt Atlanta if Trufant doesn’t pan out. But there’s really no reason to believe he’ll flop.SI.com

Trufant (6-foot-0, 190 pounds) helps address a need for the Falcons, who released Dunta Robinson and had Brent Grimes depart in free agency. Trufant, who intercepted six passes in four seasons with Washington, is likely to compete to start opposite of Asante Samuel.ProFootballTalk.com

Trufant, the youngest of three brothers, also followed his brothers’ footsteps. If all three make rosters next season, they’ll become the first set of three brothers in the modern NFL era to play the same position at the same time.Seattle Times

Knowing that Minnesota also was in the market for a cornerback, the Falcons felt they had to move up to make sure they got the player they wanted. As it turned out, the Vikings did take a corner with the 25th choice, Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes.NFL.com

He considers his instincts, quick feet and his breaks on the ball to be strengths. At Washington, he played in 50 games and had six interceptions and 33 pass breakups. He was named to the All-Pac-12 first-team last season.AJC.com

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