Desmond Trufant
Desmond Trufant
28-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Atlanta Falcons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Desmond Trufant in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a five-year, $68.75 million contract with the Falcons in April of 2017.
Anchors secondary in 2018
CBAtlanta Falcons
January 5, 2019
Trufant accounted for 66 tackles, 12 pass deflections and one sack for the Falcons this season.
Trufant did not record an interception in 2018, partially due to opposing passers electing to target the Falcons' lesser-polished defensive backs. The 28-year-old ranked as the team's best cover man this season according to Pro Football Focus, grading as the No. 35 player at his position while no other Atlanta cornerback ranked inside the top 80. Trufant was a key reason for the Falcons' improvement against the pass during the latter half of the season, as Atlanta held opposing quarterbacks to fewer than 250 yards passing in six of the final eight games of the year, compared to one such performance between Weeks 1 and 9.
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How do Desmond Trufant's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
190 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.38 sec
Shuttle Time
3.85 sec
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
Broad Jump
125 in
Bench Press
16 reps
Hand Length
8.63 in
Arm Length
31.25 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Trufant is rarely recognized as one of the league's premier shutdown cornerbacks, but last season he was instrumental in Atlanta finishing as a top-12 pass defense for the first time since 1999. Brother of longtime Seahawk Marcus Trufant, Desmond has lived up to his first-round draft stock by starting in 72 of the Falcons' 80 regular-season games since being selected 22nd overall in 2013, while picking up at least 11 pass break-ups in four of his five pro seasons. The one-time Pro Bowler averages less than two interceptions per season (never more than three in a given year); in large part because opposing quarterbacks generally prefer not to throw in his direction.
Trufant started all nine games for the Falcons in 2016 before a shoulder injury ended his season. He enters the preseason with a clean bill of health and is expected to start at cornerback. If he can stay healthy, 50 tackles and an interception or two seems perfectly reasonable.
Trufant regressed a bit last year after a strong 2014 season in which he tallied 61 tackles and three interceptions. He only tallied 42 tackles last season, but he did record a sack and force two fumbles. He'll continue to start across Robert Alford, and a modest projection would put him around 50 tackles along with a couple of forced turnovers.
Trufant is once again expected to start at cornerback for the Falcons in 2015. Entering his third year in the league, Trufant already has two solid seasons under his belt. He has averaged 65 tackles and two interceptions in two seasons, and he should improve those numbers in his third year. If he can stay healthy, 70-80 tackles and a few interceptions seems likely in 2015.
Trufant will start at cornerback for the Falcons, and he is in line for a nice statistical season in his second year in the league. Trufant tallied 70 tackles and two interceptions in 2013, and it wouldn't be surprising if he improved on both of those numbers this year. He's an IDP worth taking a chance on.
The Falcons traded up from the 30th pick to get Trufant, who will likely start in Week 1 after the departures of Brent Grimes (Miami) and Dunta Robinson (Kansas City). Trufant is more athleticism at this point than he is skill, but defensive coordinator Mike Nolan upped the productivity of defensive backs like William Moore and Thomas DeCoud when he arrived in Atlanta, so Trufant will receive effective coaching. He has the ability to play in both man coverage and more rangey zones, and that's important since Atlanta changes up their coverages a fair amount.
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CBAtlanta Falcons
December 21, 2018
Trufant (ankle) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Upgrades to limited in practice
CBAtlanta Falcons
December 20, 2018
Trufant (ankle) was limited for Thursday's practice after being unable to participate Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Notches sack in loss
CBAtlanta Falcons
December 10, 2018
Trufant recorded five tackles (four solo), including a sack, in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
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Returns to Thursday's contest
CBAtlanta Falcons
September 6, 2018
Trufant (dehydration) returned to Thursday's game with an IV bandage on his arm, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Questionable to return to Thursday's game
CBAtlanta Falcons
September 6, 2018
Trufant is questionable to return to Thursday's contest against the Eagles with a calf injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
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