Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 4/29/13
Grading the picks Round 1: No. 22, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington Review: Trufant fills the most glaring need on the Falcons roster, that of a starting cornerback. Because the Falcons need him to come in and start right away, the fact that he sounds as NFL-ready as possible makes Trufant a good pick. Both general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith pointed to the fact that Trufant has two brothers who play in the NFL and, thus, ought to enter training camp more advanced than other rookies. Was a captain, which is a plus that fits the teams mold that emphasizes character, and brings some size (6-foot, 190 pounds) to a position group that could use it. Also fast, having run a sub-4.40 40 time at the NFL Combine. Grade: A- Round 2: No. 60, Robert Alford, CB, Southeast Louisiana Review: Clearly, the Falcons win-now mentality necessitated this pick. Should Trufant get hurt or somehow fall short of expectations, the Falcons needed a Plan B. As they have very little roo...
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