As many have reported, the Falcons made a trade up the board with the St. Louis Rams to select Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant with the 22nd overall pick. The Falcons dealt their first round pick (30th) overall, third round pick (92nd), and sixth round picks (198th overall) to swap with the Rams for their first round pick (22nd) and acquired a seventh round pick in 2015.
Trufant was a productive four-year starter at Washington, tallying 195 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 6 interceptions, and 38 pass breakups during his stint there. As a freshman, he also returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Trufant has good NFL bloodlines, with two older brothers in the NFL, both corners: Marcus and Isaiah. Marcus is currently a free agent that has spent the past 10 years with the Seattle Seahawks. Isaiah has played the past three seasons with the New York Jets. Trufant earned 1st team All-Pac 12 honors as a senior, after honorable mention honors as a freshman and junior.
Trufant will be expected to fill the starting right cornerback position for the Falcons, vacated by Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes this off-season.