Trufant Sweats Out Draft Fate

Like other Huskies before him, Desmond Trufant had a chance to check out the Green Room at Radio City Music Hall in New York City but decided to be with his family in Tacoma instead Thursday as his 2013 NFL Draft fate is expected to be revealed. Will he be taken by a team in the first round tonight? Or will he have to wait 24 more hours to find out his professional future?

"Trufant is as talented a cover corner as there is in the 2013 draft," Rob Rang said via email. Rang is the Senior NFL Draft Analyst for, The Sports Xchange & "As such, he is expected to be drafted in the first round. Less than ideal physicality, could push him into the second half of the round, however."

Trufant, the 6-foot, 190-pound UW corner from Tacoma, saw his draft stock rocket after strong showings in the Senior Bowl and especially at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, running a 4.38 40 and 3.85 shuttle. But Alabama's Dee Milliner has long been expected to be the number-one cornerback taken in the draft and Trufant is in the select group right behind him - a group that could also includes Florida State's Xavier Rhodes, Houston's D.J. Hayden and Boise State's Jamar Taylor.

Rang has Tru taken by the Atlanta Falcons with the 30th overall pick. And of the nine experts mock drafting through - a group that includes scouting legends like Gil Brandt and former general managers like Charley Casserly - only one, Charles Davis, doesn't have Trufant going in the first. In fact both Brandt and Casserly - along with lead analyst Mike Mayock - agree with Rang's analysis and also have Tru going to the Falcons.

"The Falcons go with the best cornerback left on the board," Brandt said. "Trufant's brothers, Marcus and Isaiah, also play cornerback in the NFL -- it's rare to see three brothers playing the same position."

"I expect the Falcons to be aggressive in this draft," was Casserly's analysis.

"Trufant will start immediately opposite Asante Samuel," said Mayock. "He's quick-footed, he's got some return skills, and I love the way he competed in the Senior Bowl."'s Jamie Newberg is bullish on Trufant, having the Indianapolis Colts selecting Tru with the 24th overall pick. You can see the full Mock Draft 4.0 here.

"A nose tackle could be what they are thinking here but I would lean more towards a cornerback like Desmond Trufant," said Newberg. "The Colts made some moves at this position in free agency but landing a plug in and play guy like Trufant could be hard to pass up."

"I'm not really sure," Trufant's brother Marcus told SportsRadioKJR's Mitch Levy Thursday morning when asked to speculate where his younger brother might find himself come the end of the day. "There's so many shows and magazines and people telling you where you're going to go, but then on Draft Day it's just the opposite. It would just be a guess."

Levy asked Marcus if he ever thought his younger brother would make it this far and have a chance to be a first round draft pick all those years ago when he first started playing football. "I knew he had talent - you could tell he stood out from his peers," Trufant said. "I knew he had a chance. You just never really know."

We'll all know soon enough if Tru fulfills his NFL dream either tonight or tomorrow. The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft starts at 5 pm PT Thursday night and you can watch it live on either ESPN or the NFL Network. You can see Trufant's NFL Highlight reel right HERE

Note: When asked about any other Huskies possibly being drafted or picked up after the draft as free agents this year, Rang said he felt that center Drew Schaefer and safety Justin Glenn are the best bets to receive free agent contracts. Top Stories