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Scouting the draft: Washington CB Desmond Trufant

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  March 29, 2013 07:00 AM

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Name: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Overview: With two brothers already having played professional football, Desmond Trufant will be the third member of his family to crash the pro ranks and second in the NFL as one of the top cornerbacks on the draft board. He's fast (4.38 40-yard dash) and he's known for his coverage skills. And whatever worries there were about his strength, he seemed to dispel that with his 16 reps on the bench press at the NFL Combine. In his senior year at Washington, he was named first-team All-Pac-12 and recorded 36 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, nine passes defensed and one interception. In his four years, he was far more likely to break up a pass (33) than intercept one (6). Because of his standing among the top cornerbacks, ranked third among draft experts on CBSSports.com, he has the best chance to land with the New England Patriots at No. 29 in the first round. The Patriots still don't know what to expect from Alfonzo Dennard's sentencing and will likely be looking for insurance at the position.

Attributes:
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190

Workout results:
40-yard dash: 4.38
Bench: 16
Vertical: 37.5 inches
Broad: 125 inches
20-yard shuttle: 3.85

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