FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Having parted with two players this offseason who had started at cornerback for them during their playoff runs, the Atlanta Falcons traded up from 30th overall to No. 22 on Thursday and selected cornerback Desmond Trufant of Washington in the first round of the NFL Draft.
To get Trufant, the Falcons sent this years third-round and sixth-round picks, along with the 30th overall pick to St. Louis. The Falcons entered the draft with 11 picks, four of them in the seventh round. They received a 2015 seventh-round pick from St. Louis in return. More significantly, the Falcons held on to their second- and fourth-rounders this year, as they have other holes to fill, potentially at linebacker, defensive end and offensive line.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff described Trufant, who has two older brothers who are cornerbacks in the NFL, as having the urgent athleticism that the Falcons look for in a defensive back.
We look for people who can get their hands on balls, D...