Trufant in 2015
|No. 21 Atlanta Falcons|
|Date of birth:||September 10, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Tacoma, Washington|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Tacoma (WA) Woodrow Wilson|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2016|
Desmond Trufant (born September 10, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Falcons in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington.
Trufant attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. He was named first-team all-state by the Seattle Times following his senior season, and also earned a spot on the Seattle Times preseason all-state team. He was named to the All-Narrows League first team as both a running back and cornerback as a senior, after posting 47 tackles and eight interceptions as a junior, when he was an All-Narrows League first-team cornerback.
He was also a standout long jumper and triple jumper on the Rams' track team, and took second place in the Class 4A state track meet in the triple jump (46 feet, 5.75 inches) and 11th in the long jump (21 feet, 2.25 inches) as a junior in 2008. He also played basketball at Wilson, earning second-team all-league as a junior.
Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the 56th best cornerback in the nation. He accepted a scholarship to Washington over offers from Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State, brother Marcus' alma mater.
Trufant attended the University of Washington, where he played for the Washington Huskies football team from 2009 to 2012. As a senior he was a first-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection. The Huskies were ranked No.16 in the nation (second in the Pac-12) in pass defense (188.9 yards allowed per game) at the end of the regular 2012 college football season.
2013 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11 5⁄8 in||190 lb||31 1⁄4 in||8 5⁄8 in||4.38 s||3.85 s||37 1⁄2 in||10 ft 5 in||16 reps|
|All values from 2013 NFL Scouting Combine|
The Falcons signed him to a four-year deal worth $8.16 million. Trufant received a signing bonus of $4.31 million. He finished his rookie season with 70 tackles (55 solo 15 assist), 17 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries. He exceeded expectations, being ranked number 8 out of all cornerbacks in the league by Pro Football Focus.
In the 2015 season, Trufant recorded his first career sack when he sacked Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. That season, Trufant received his first Pro Bowl selection when was named an alternate to the 2016 Pro Bowl.
- Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant named to Pac-12 first team
- "Desmond Trufant Draft Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
- "CB Desmond Trufant, Washington, Pac-12". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
- Ledbetter, D. Orlando (July 24, 2013). "Falcons sign Trufant to four-year $8.16 million contract". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- Desmond Trufant Stats. pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Khaled. 2013 PFF Defensive Rookie of the Year. Pro Football Focus. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Hirsh, Andrew. Film Study: Trufant Records First NFL Sack. ESPN. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- McClure, Vaughn. Pro Bowl alternate Desmond Trufant feels underrated. ESPN. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- The Trufants: Tacoma's first family of football
- And in this Corner, Another Trufant
- Marcus, Isaiah and Desmond Trufant all playing at CenturyLink Field this week
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