Chargers Draft Prospectus: Marcus Trufant

He will be there at pick 15. He will not be there at pick 15. It has been a rollercoaster for fans and scouts alike. Marcus Trufant of Washington State has continually seen his stock rise, but certain other events lead some to believe he may in fact be around at choice #15 when the San Diego Chargers are on the clock.

First the background:

It is no secret that the Chargers really like this kid. He would be an immediate starter if he was chosen and entered camp on time. The unknown remains, will he be there when the Chargers select?

Kansas City absolutely loves this kid as well. They currently have the pick behind the Chargers. During Senior Bowl week, Carl Peterson took Marcus Trufant aside and introduced him to the plethora of Chief personnel in attendance. Speculation is the Chiefs may trade up to get him that is how enamored they are with him, even with the Chiefs signing cornerback Dexter McLeon.

Minnesota had said cornerback was a priority entering free agency and the Draft. The Vikings snared Denard Walker in free agency and may look to bolster their defensive line in the Draft instead.

Many other teams could pick him, but just like last year when Philip Buchanon slipped, nothing is etched in stone. So what makes Marcus Trufant so hot a commodity?

Marcus Trufant
Cornerback
Washington State
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 199
Bench: 11 reps
40 times: 4.48/4.46



"Complete shut down cornerback and a terrific cover man in all aspects. Combines fundamentals, instinct and athleticism to get the job done. Performed brilliantly during Senior Bowl Week and moved from a potential late first round pick into the top 15 selections." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview


Trufant has slowly become a more complete defender over the course of the past four seasons. Trufant has fluid movement through his hip turns and can stay with a receiver on deep patterns. He is physical and will bump at the line. Has quick reaction times to dumpoff passes and displays great awareness all over the field.

Trufant was a four year starter who moved in with the first team as a true freshman. All-Conference selection last year after totaling 74 tackles, 3 interceptions and 3 pass defenses while also averaging 10.6 yards on 38 punt returns.

Marcus would immediately help a sagging San Diego Chargers secondary that saw one corner, Alex Molden, get cut and another, Ryan McNeil, move to safety. That leaves them with one starting caliber cornerback, Quentin Jammer.

Trufant has the speed and ability, as long as he is in camp on time, to be effective from the outset. With needs all along the defense for the Chargers none may be as big a need as the cornerback position. Two young corners on one team would be a boost to the secondary this year and many years to come.

As with any rookie, it will take some time to get familiar with the system and with the safeties providing help. As he and Jammer grow they could have two shutdown corners on the same team, something that is desperately needed in this pass happy league.

The Chargers have been showing interest in Marcus Trufant since the Senior Bowl. He continues to excel in every drill he sees and is considered a top ten selection. He is the first choice of the San Diego Chargers at this moment, bar none. If he falls to them at he will be scooped up quicker than a toddler in the middle of the street.

Special thanks to Tony Paulione of TFY Draft Preview who contributed ot this report.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net or via the following link: Denis Savage

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