Draft Day Target: CB Marcus Trufant

Marcus Trufant was a name that was mentioned a lot during the week of the Senior Bowl earlier this month in Mobile, Alabama. Could the Cowboys be interested in obtaining the services of one of the top cover corners in the country? You bet they are!

With Derek Ross and Mario Edwards roaming around in the secondary next season, the Cowboys are going to want to bring in one more cornerback this offseason to come in and provide some much competition.

As documented here on CowboyUpdate in the recent days, Terrence Newman and Andre Woolfolk are clearly in the mix, but there's one other name must not be forgotten, and that's Washington State's Marcus Trufant.

Cowboys scouts were raving about Trufant during the week of the Senior Bowl, even though they kept referring to him as "that cornerback from Washington."

Trufant is a terrific cover corner that's impacted the defense at Washington State ever since he was a true freshman. As a senior, Trufant timed out at 4.51 in the 40-yard dash and registered 59 total tackles and 3 interceptions.

"You know he really isn't a guy that likes to trash-talk," said former Washington State coach Mike Price. "Deion Sanders, he's not, and the scouts say it's refreshing to have guy like that at this position."

Washington State's Marcus Trufant is generally regarded as one of the top cover cornerbacks coming out of college for the 2003 NFL Draft.
"I'm out there doing a job, not trying to put someone down," Trufant says. "If you're not talking trash to other guys, you're not provoking them. That's my upbringing, my personality. I'm somewhat of a mellow, quiet guy."

While his former head coach and Trufant himself admit that he likes to keep quiet on the football field, everyone that's seen him play seems to think otherwise.

"He's outstanding for a cornerback. He's smooth in his hips transitioning off the line, displays solid footwork and top overall cover techniques," notes NFL Draft expert Tony Pauline. "He also times his deep defenses well, positions himself nicely against opponents and immediately locates the pass in the air."

He can also play either press coverage or back off the line where his physical and mental quickness could be put to optimal use.

"He should quickly earn a starting spot at the next level," adds Pauline. His skills are similar to that of Kansas State corner Terrance Newman (widely considered the top DB in the draft), with the only drop off coming with his pure speed.

The only legitimate question that remains is do the Cowboys think highly enough of him to draft him with their first round draft pick?

Probably not- at least not in the top 10. The Cowboys already spent a top 10 pick in the secondary last year with Roy Williams, and even though that proved to be a worthy selection, Bill Parcells has other needs to fill if he's going to use the #5 overall selection instead of trading it.

Trufant is projected anywhere from #9 to #15 in the first round- which could put him in prime position to become a Dallas Cowboy should they decide to trade down.

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