In all the horror of the Falcons 4-12 season, the very impressive rookie season of Desmond Trufant was hard to see unless you were watching very closely. But now, the rookie CB and the Falcons' first pick of last year's draft, is being recognized for his work on the field that to the public, went mostly unheralded.
Now that the dust has settled, we can see that Trufant's quietly impressive season is garnering the recognition it deserves. Trufant, along with Tyraan Mathieu, were named to the all rookie team at corner back, selected by the Pro Football Writers of America.
While Trufant struggled a bit in his initial transition into the NFL, he settled in nicely. Most notably, while he didn't have many interceptions (two), he had a ton of pass deflections (17). He also recorded 73 total tackles and if this trend continues, Trufant could be in for a monster season next year. Trufant's play the rest of his Falcons career will be directly tied to GM Thomas Dimitroff's faith in him by using his first pick to strengthen what was a gutted secondary in last year's offseason.
Trufant took over the number one CB spot this season after Asante Samuel struggled to stay healthy. Trufant appears poised to become the number one defensive back full time coming into next season for the Falcons.
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