Cornerback is a big target for the Falcons, as he is for a number of teams around them.
After releasing Dunta Robinson and letting Brent Grimes leave the team via free agency, the Falcons went from having one of the best cornerback groups in the league to having just one with starting credentials, veteran Asante Samuel.
The need to draft an immediate starter at the position has become the main priority for the team coming into this year’s draft, and Trufant certainly fits the credentials of the type of player Atlanta will be after.
Strong, physical and excellent in man coverage, he will fit nicely in a defensive scheme that lets athletic players flourish and look to bully wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.
With the teams first round pick at number 30, a number of teams will be looking to acquire the University of Washington player ahead of them, which will mean the Falcons must move up to ensure they get their man.
The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers are the two teams who could so with some help at the position, and both have picks earlier than the Falcons. The Vikings have two first round picks, numbers 23 and 25, followed closely by the Packers at 26.
If the Falcons want to make sure Trufant plays for them next season, then they may have to trade up to that 23rd pick, to be able to make the pick without the risk of losing him to either teams, and maybe the Colts too.
In what will probably cost the team a first, third and second round pick next year, the price will justify the amount of production Trufant will bring to the Atlanta D, and could be the piece that puts them at the top of the NFC once the draft finishes.