Thursday, April 25, 2013
Falcons fill last major need with CB Trufant
By Pat Yasinskas
For the second time in two years, Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff has taken a leap up in the draft.
This one wasn’t quite as big as the 2011 deal for Julio Jones in which the Falcons jumped 21 spots. But it’s still significant.
The Falcons, who began the draft with the 30th overall pick, jumped up to No. 22 to get Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant.
I think the jump is more than worthwhile. The Falcons got an NFL-ready cornerback in Trufant.
That’s exactly what they needed. They’re a team that was 10 yards short of last season’s Super Bowl. They had used the offseason to narrow their needs to only one major area -- cornerback -- and they just filled that area nicely.
Trufant’s a plug-in starter opposite Asante Samuel and Robert McClain can play nickel, which is where he is best suited.
Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes and Boise State’s Jamar Taylor also were on the board. But I think Trufant fits the Falcons better than they would have.
In a lot of ways, Trufant is a clone of Samuel. Trufant comes with similar confidence and swagger. Plus, he can play.
Trufant might just be the final piece in Atlanta’s Super Bowl puzzle.