04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 14. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: While lacking the size and physicality of Millner or Rhodes, the 6-0, 190 pound Trufant showcased a blend of speed and fluidity in Mobile to rank as arguably this year's top cover corner. If the last name sounds familiar, it should. Both of his older brothers -- Marcus and Isaiah -- are already cashing NFL paychecks as cornerbacks with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets, respectively. Desmond, in fact, matched Marcus' time in the 40-yard dash exactly, clocking in at 4.38 seconds to solidify his first-round stock. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/15/2013 - 2013 Washington Pro Day: Desmond Trufant solidifies first-round status...Desmond Trufant continued his stellar NFL audition as representatives from 10 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Washington on Wednesday. Trufant was one of seven players who went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf.
Trufant (5-foot-11 5/8, 192 pounds), a cornerback, did the three-cone drill in 6.76 seconds and stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Trufant's workout was phenomenal, and I would imagine that he's knocking on the door to be a late first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. In the last couple of months, Trufant - the brother of Seattle Seahawks 2003 first-round pick Marcus Trufant - has impressed at the Senior Bowl, combine and now at his pro day to continue a rapid rise up draft boards.
Seattle Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker and Indianapolis Colts secondary coach Mike Gillhamer were among those on hand to witness the workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
02/27/2013 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 6. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington...Having established himself as the top cover corner in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, Trufant continued his positive momentum with a sparkling all-around performance at the Combine, matching the 4.38-second 40-yard dash his older brother, Marcus, ran at the 2003 Combine and finishing second among all participants tested this year in the short-shuttle (3.85 seconds). Trufant isn't known to be a particularly physical defender but showed more aggression when asked to play press as a senior and surprised with 16 reps at the combine. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Of the top-rated cornerbacks, Washington's Desmond Trufant is the best bet to put forth an eye-popping time. While smaller (5-11, 190) than many of the lanky, press corners for which this class will ultimately be remembered for, Trufant demonstrated his great speed and fluidity by dominating the Senior Bowl practices. Those close to the Trufant family believe Desmond could run faster than Marcus did in Indianapolis back in 2003... and he was clocked at 4.38 seconds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, WEDNESDAY: The North team's cornerbacks looked like a strong group coming into the week, but Washington's Desmond Trufant has continued to stand out among the talented unit. His athleticism and awareness have been superb, playing tight coverage at the line of scrimmage and downfield. Trufant has shown very good route anticipation to stay balanced and attack the ball when it's in the air, breaking up several passes this week in one-on-one drills. An excellent senior season coupled with his performance in Mobile makes Trufant a hot name among scouting circles. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/22/2013 - Lining up inches from the Oregon State speedster, Trufant easily turned to run with Wheaton. A subtle pause from Wheaton caused the Washington cornerback to anticipate a shallow route and he slowed. Wheaton hit the gas and broke free for a moment. Trufant showed impressive closing speed as the ball arrived. Wheaton caught the ball but his momentum carried him out of bounds for a play ruled an incompletion from both Trufant and an applauding Washington defensive backs coach. Asked about the jawing with the defensive back and Wheaton, specifically, Trufant showed off the spirit NFL coaches love. "We were just competing. He [Wheaton] is one of the best out here. You're only going to prove you're the best by beating the best," Trufant said. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/22/2013 - Demonstrating the physicality to disrupt receivers while in press as well as the quickness and fluidity to turn and run when playing off, Trufant was effective both inside and out. He was frequently challenged by the North quarterbacks but closed quickly on the ball, breaking up several passes.
Wheaton, whose instant acceleration made him arguably the toughest draw for any of the North's talented defensive backs, called out Trufant at one point early in skeleton drills. Another defender appeared to be next in line to cover Wheaton on the next play but demonstrative pleading by Trufant caused the Washington Redskins' coaches to allow the two Pac-12 adversaries to go at it for a memorable one on one battle. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/22/2013 - Trufant stands out at North practice... again...Considering the fact that he started 48 games at the University of Washington, it might seem strange that a few days of practice could vault cornerback Desmond Trufant into the first round but after two impressive days at the Senior Bowl, that is precisely where some believe the athletic pass defender could be headed.
Trufant, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 rated cornerback, demonstrated great quickness, anticipation and competitiveness in Tuesday's practice, allowing just two receptions despite often drawing the toughest assignments the North team had to offer. He showed the ability to handle pure speed, running stride for stride with Oregon State speedster Markus Wheaton and size, as well, handling Marshall's 6-3, 205 pound Aaron Dobson, the two most impressive receivers for the North team during Tuesday's practice. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/22/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tuesday: Trufant, the Huskies' only First Team All Pac-12 selection this season, could be mirroring the success his older brother, Marcus, had in Mobile, Alabama back in 2003. Like Desmond, Marcus entered the senior all-star game having earned second round grades from a number of clubs. A terrific week of practice, however, vaulted the Washington State prospect into the first round, where the Seattle Seahawks made him the No. 11 pick of the 2003 draft. Isaiah, another Trufant brother in the NFL, did not play in the Senior Bowl after starring at Eastern Washington. Of course, NFL talent evaluators knew of the terrific Trufant bloodlines long before Tuesday's practice. That didn't stop them from buzzing about the Washington defensive back in the stands as the session went on.
"I've always believed that the Senior Bowl and other all-star games like it serve as more of a confirmation of a player's ability than a reason to push them up the board," new Kansas City Chiefs' general manager John Dorsey told me as practice was wrapping up. "He [Trufant] had a strong practice yesterday and another strong practice today," Dorsey said. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM: DB Desmond Trufant, Sr., Washington...has been selected First Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. Trufant, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., capped his outstanding career by making the first team. A four-year starter at cornerback, he was a key factor in the Huskies' marked improvement in pass defense that current has them ranked 17th in the nation. Trufant, who was credited with 34 tackles in 2012, has started 46 games in his UW career. - Washington football
11/25/2012 - Desmond Trufant started and played the entire game after having missed the previous week's game at Colorado with a hamstring injury.
11/15/2012 - Cornerback Desmond Trufant received the first of what figures to be many accolades during his senior season at the University of Washington. The Wilson High graduate accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. He was one of 10 players to accept invitations this week. "He's earned it," Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said after Wednesday's practice. "I'm proud of Desmond for that. He's been a real catalyst for us, since the day I got hired. There's a significance of recruiting him and getting him to stay home and come to school here. And then him growing up in front of my eyes to the way he's playing now. He's playing like an all- Pac-12 player and very (deserving) of the Senior Bowl recognition and any of the postseason recognition that he gets." But it's not just about the recognition of being chosen, it's the possibility of improving your NFL draft stock that is even more important. The younger brother of Marcus (the No. 11 overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2003) and Isaiah Trufant (New York Jets) has been one of the best cornerbacks in the Pac-12. Teams rarely throw to his side, but when they do he has been solid. He has five pass breakups and an interception this season. His performance against Marqise Lee of USC - holding him to a season-low two catches for 32 yards - helped elevate his draft stock. - Ryan Divish, The News Tribune
10/15/2012 - Week 7 Rewind: The quarterbacks earned virtually all of the national hype leading up to the USC-Washington game, but Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian created some local buzz prior to kickoff with his praise of cornerback Desmond Trufant. Sarkisian announced that he'd been told by NFL scouts that Trufant, a senior starting his 41st consecutive game, was being rated among the top "two or three" cornerbacks in the country. While NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks' Marcus and the New York Jets' Isaiah Trufant as the No. 4 senior corner in the country, it was easy to see against the Trojans why talent evaluators are so high on the 5-11, 190 pounder. Lining up against both halves of the Trojans' dynamic duo of Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, Trufant demonstrated the agility, fluidity and closing speed to help keep the high-octane USC passing attack largely under wraps. Under new defensive coordinator Josh Wilcox, Trufant has been allowed to play more bump and run, maximizing the athletic ability that some close to him believe is even better than that of either of his brothers. When Trufant was beaten Saturday night it was largely when he bailed out and USC's receivers were able to work themselves free on drag routes across the middle. Scouts appreciate Trufant's coverage skills but furthermore acknowledge that his grade has risen this year because he's been more physical as a run defender. Taking advantage of the national stage, Trufant contributed on special teams in this game, as well, blocking a USC field goal in the third quarter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/13/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: In the days leading up to his Huskies hosting Matt Barkley, Marqise Lee, Robert Woods and the rest of the USC Trojans, Trufant was championed by his head coach, Steve Sarkisian. While it certainly isn't newsworthy that a coach would glowingly mention one of his senior leaders prior to a big game, the specifics of Sarkisian's comments were interesting, as he revealed that in his conversations with NFL scouts traveling through Seattle recently, he's been told that Trufant is being ranked among the top two or three senior cornerbacks in the entire country. That's a bit higher than NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks him, but there is no denying that Trufant has played well this season. Frankly, he's played well throughout much of a career that includes starting the past 40 consecutive games. Like his older brothers Marcus Trufant (Seattle Seahawks) and Isaiah Trufant (New York Jets), Desmond possesses the top-flight athleticism scouts are looking for at cornerback. He also possesses excellent ball skills and has shown improved physicality in his game this season. He'll need all of these traits and, frankly, some help in the pass rush department from his Husky teammates to pull the upset over the Trojans. Still, don't be surprised if Desmond follows the same path Marcus did in 2003 by capping off an impressive collegiate career with a trip to the Senior Bowl and surprisingly high draft-day outcome. This game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm eastern and will be televised by FOX. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/28/2012 - Kasen Williams took a quick screen pass from Keith Price, broke a tackle and the line of scrimmage and raced 35 yards for the go-ahead score with 4:53 left, and Washington rallied from 10 points down to stun No. 8 Stanford 17-13 on Thursday night. Trailing 13-3 late in the third quarter, the Huskies (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) got a 61-yard touchdown sprint from running back Bishop Sankey for their first offensive touchdown against an FBS opponent since the first quarter of the opener against San Diego State. Then Washington put together a nine-play drive that included another fourth-down conversion and was capped by Williams' catch-and-run that gave the Huskies their first lead. It was Washington's first win over a Top 10 ranked opponent since its upset of then-No. 3 USC back in 2009, Steve Sarkisian's first season at Washington. And it was thanks to an inspired defensive effort that was the opposite of a year ago when Stanford (3-1, 1-1) bulldozed the Huskies to the tune of 446 yards rushing and 65 points. - AP Sports
09/27/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Desmond Trufant -- Expect the Huskies to play man pass defense and load up the box to stop the run. That will put a lot of pressure on the team's corners, led by Trufant, to play great coverage. Trufant has been almost unanimously cited by coaches as the defense's most consistent player through the first three weeks. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: As was hoped, given the massive coaching overhaul, UW's defense looked a lot better against San Diego State, showing more pressures and disguise and mixing up of fronts. It worked especially well against SDSU's passing attack, as the Aztecs threw for just 128 yards. But the Aztecs got the running game going in the second half and finished with 199 on the ground, which is a particular concern this week playing an LSU team that could have one of the best running games in the country. That figures to be the key to this one, whether UW's defensive front can stand up to LSU's offensive line and get some sort of pressure on passing downs and not get bludgeoned by the run. Expect UW to be aggressive early and attempt to create some big plays. One plus for the Huskies is the presence of new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who spent the last two years in the same position at Tennessee, which gives him some familiarity with the LSU offense and personnel. - The Sports Xchange
07/29/2012 - Top-five Washington prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. CB Desmond Trufant....He has the fluidity and straight-line speed to handle coverage duties and has proven ball skills (five career interceptons). To improve his standing with scouts, Trufant will need to show continued improvement as an open field tackler. While flashing physicality, too often he takes on ball-carries high and attemps to wrestle them to the ground or, worse, ducks and swipes at their legs, rather than bringing his hips wrapping his arms around for the secure take-down. With the Huskies' pass rush expected to improve this season, Trufant could be poised for the most impressive statistical season of his career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/29/2012 - Top-five Washington prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. CB Desmond Trufant....The younger brother of Marcus Trufant (now a member of the Seattle Seahawks) and Isaiah Trufant (New York Jets), the NFL has been forecasted for Desmond Trufant since signing with the Huskies. As fate would have it, he's proven up to the challenge of his last name, emerging as one of the better coverage corners in the Pac-12 over his career. Instantly establishing himself as one of the better defenders on the team, Trufant played in all 12 games as a true freshman, starting the final nine games of the season and actually earning honorable mention all-conference honors with 47 tackles, six passes broken up and two interceptions. He posted similar numbers in his second season as a starter (48 tackles, four passes broken up, one interception) and enjoyed his best year to date as a junior with 64 stops, 14 passes broken up and another two pass thefts. Athletic and instinctive, Trufant has demonstrated legitimate NFL coverage ability and helped his cause by showing improved overall physicality in 2011. Though he's seen considerable time in both man and zone concepts, at this point Trufant's game translates better to an off-man scheme. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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