It’s been quite the offseason for Desmond Trufant. Fresh off a rookie season that got him some national recognition by way of awards, Trufant has been quiet this offseason, but his name is out there. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman recently called Trufant a “beast” and he meant it in a good way. Sherman is one of the best in the league and a compliment like that carries some weight.
The recognition of Trufant’s place among the game’s best doesn’t end with the media or Sherman, plenty of others believe Trufant’s arrow is pointing up. Bleacher Report’s Lead Draft Writer Matt Miller writes a popular series every offseason ranking the top 1,000 players in the league, breaking them up by position. Miller’s cornerback rankings came out this week and Trufant is just a few spots behind Sherman, who Miller ranks No. 1.
“Few rookies step into the NFL and play like Trufant did in 2013,” Miller wrote. “His play may have been overshadowed by the team’s surprising struggles, but he was a legitimate top-five cornerback.”
If Trufant continues on the path of 2013, Miller believes No. 21 will be a top-five corner every season. He notes Trufant’s developing elite cover man skills and his veteran-level play in just his first year.
Whatever style defense the Falcons opt to play in 2014, Trufant will be an integral piece to the puzzle. If he continues as he has, his pass coverage could help alleviate concerns about the pass rush.