Originally slated to pick at 30, the Atlanta Falcons traded up with the St. Louis Rams to select University of Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant as the 22nd overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Atlanta swapped their third- and six-round pick in order to land the deal Thursday evening.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Trufant will be one of the major replacements on the defensive side of the ball after Atlanta lost three cornerbacks during the offseason. Dunta Robinson was released earlier this year while Brent Grimes and Christopher Owens signed with other teams in free agency.
Trufant is also the younger sibling of two brothers already in the league. Marcus Trufant has been the starting cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks over the past decade, while Isaiah Trufant plays corner for the New York Jets.
“They’re here with me watching the draft,” Desmond said during a conference call late Thursday after being selected. “Now, I’m going to try to make a name, make an impact in the league. I’m ready to come in and work hard from day one.”
(Photo: Falcons’ departed cornerback Dunta Robinson)