Desmond Trufant CB Washington #6
Size/Athleticism: Adequate size. Elite athleticism. Quick and explosive. Impressive straight-line speed and the quickness to match.
Coverage: Physical in press coverage. Doesn’t back down from any matchups, even when he’s giving up a good amount in size. Fluid in his backpedal; stays low and well balanced with consistent footwork. Has the speed to make up for mistakes, but doesn’t take many false steps. Can get a little grabby at times down the field. His physical style can be an asset, but he needs to control himself down the field.
Ball skills: Consistently plays the ball. He does a great job reading the quarterback. Knows how to turn himself into the receiver. Battles for jump balls and has impressive leaping ability.
Run support: Willing to step up against the run. Usually takes proper angles and has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Not much of a wrap-up tackles due to his size but he gives an honest effort. Occasionally used as a pass-rusher on the outside.
Intangibles: Four year starter. Experience at corner and safety. Extremely confident and competitive on the field. Definitely the type of player that wants to be great.
Durability: Missed a game with a hamstring injury in 2012.
Comments: Trufant has all the tools to step into an immediate starting role and excel at the next level. He shows strong fundamentals and has the athleticism and speed to go with it. He also plays with the confident attitude that many of the great cornerbacks possess. His modest size is the only real negative against him, but it shouldn’t be a significant factor in his development.