Mocking: Desmond Trufant

March 4th, 2013

desmond trufant

Yes, Joe will keep banging the drum that the Bucs need to add cornerbacks until Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik fills the barren Bucs’ cornerback roster with people who can at least pretend they are NFL starters.

So after hard-working columnist Peter Schrager finished interviewing scores of players at the NFL Combine — Joe always saw him front row, typing quotes from players as they took to a podium for the entire weekend — Schrager gauged who he thinks the Bucs will take at No. 13.

That would be Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desmond Trufant, cornerback, Washington

Tampa Bay hit the jackpot with its first three draft picks a season ago, nailing home runs with Mark Barron, Doug Martin and Lavonte David. Trufant’s got the right blood lines — one brother plays for the Seahawks, the other plays for the Jets — and the production at the college level to be worthy of a Top 15 pick. A lock-down guy, he was a star at the Senior Bowl and ran an eye-popping 4.31 40 at the Combine. This is higher than a lot of other mock drafts will list him, but I don’t think Trufant escapes the Top 20.

Yes, this is higher than most mockers have Trufant. He may be a reach at No. 13. But Joe loves this pick. He certainly has the bloodlines and the guy has the athletic skills.

It will be hard to trade down in this draft, as few teams will want to waste picks by trading up since it is such a deep draft at so many positions and short of super stud players.

Maybe, just maybe, Dominik repeats what he did last year and trades up from the second round into the late first round to nab Trufant?

22 Responses to “Mocking: Desmond Trufant”

  1. St Augustine Says:

    Pick Trufant, get the Miami or Jax corner, and keep Wright BUT pay him less than half his pay. Simple.

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    I really like the Trufant pick at 13…or if we can trade back and still grab him.

  3. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    Only 8 more days til the plan finally begins to unfold and we can make a bit more sense of who we will be drafting. Off season is sooooooooo long.

  4. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    Trade back to #18 Pick….b/c Dallas wants to trade up & grab Kenny Vaccaro. We’d also get their 3rd Rd Pick. Then grab Trufant, Fluker or Eifert. ……then, we’d have enuff picks to trade-up twice after that

  5. Patrick Says:

    Look at it this way, he’s better than anything we currently have, even if it’s a reach.

  6. Tbuc Says:

    The cb situation in 2012 was the Pop Star’s fault, how long is this rebuilding suppose to last?

  7. Daniel Shreve Says:

    Desmond Trufant would be a great pick really but he might be there in the 2nd round… I wouldn’t mind getting Rhodes & Trufant in the 1st round 🙂

  8. Rrsrq Says:

    If you want him at 13, get him, it never a reach if he works out, he meets a need on this team, there is no guarantee a team won’t jump you if you trade back. If you trade back you better have a contingency plan which I know Dom would. But I say if the player you want is there at your pick then you take that player. But I do believe FA will tell a story if two top corners are signed. I think this team believes in Leonard Johnson to develop, but not much else.

  9. Macabee Says:


    If the major mocks are correct and the release of Sennsabaugh today is telling, then I think you’re reading the tea leaves correctly. Of course, what we do will depend heavily on how we fared in FA. But I think you are right, Dallas looks a possible trade partner.

  10. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    @Macabee….thanks. it’s fun playing out all the possible scenarios (Draft Junkie)

  11. T in Orlando Says:

    If Trufant is their guy, the Bucs should not hesitate to take him at 13, as he and Rhodes both did well for themselves at the combine where not too many people will be surprised if they’re both gone after pick 16. No reason to gamble that they won’t be there if they trade back.

    Of course if they don’t like either of them, and they have the opportunity to trade back, then they absolutely should.

  12. FunkYxMunkeY Says:

    I love Trufant, as I’ve said in previous post. I wouldn’t be against taking him at #13. His tape at Washington is shut down caliber and a 4.31 40 is better than most WRs in the league. The dude is straight legit. His 40 time hurt us though…we could’ve had him with our 2nd round pick before that number was posted. I want to wait and see how FA goes first. I’m really liking the Tavon Austin pick at #13 if we can get Sean Smith and another CB in FA. That’s just my opinion though. Can’t wait til the 12th and this process gets started!

  13. SirustheVirus Says:


    Trufant 4.38 not much difference,but not 4.31. Like Tavon Austin,but Stedman Bailey we could pick up in the 3rd and he’s just as good IMO. I want pass rush Jarvis Jones , Dion Jordan, Damontree Moore, Star Lotulelei or Sheldon Richardson in the first at 13. Anyone else I recommend trading down if anything atleast a 4th rd pick. I like picking up one of the CBs in free agency Sean Smith/Keenan Lewis/Cary Williams/Derrick Cox all in that order. Then get Banks in the 2nd or Amerson in the 3rd.

  14. teacherman777 Says:

    Sean Smith isn’t worth it.

    Desmond Trufant? I would respect this pick.

    I don’t want Vaccaro. He is a 4.6 guy.

    Barron isn’t a burner. We need more speed alongside him in the future.

    I like the idea of getting a true FS to develop with Barron. Solidify our safeties.

    Trufant would be a solid pick. Our corners were too slow. We need SPEED.

    Trufant brings that.


  15. SirustheVirus Says:


    Biggers is a speedy CB 4.38 guy. Speed isn’t everything. I know Trufant is was better,but speed doesn’t mean everything.

  16. astrobuc Says:

    DeMontre Moore is not a first round talent, IMO

  17. Bobby Says:

    This guy is actually my favorite corner in the draft. I think he has the attitude it takes to be a top CB. Plus you KNOW he’s going to try and outperform his brothers. I would love to see us get this guy but I really don’t think we have to do it at #13. I think we could trade down, if there is someone willing, and still get him in the bottom half of the round.

  18. 4everBucsFan Says:

    I’ve been saying this since day one. If we can’t trade forward or back, then don’t screw around and take a CB with the #13th pick. There’s only about 6 cb’s who you can call real cover corners, after that, they are all nicklebacks. If we wait till the 2nd round, they may no longer be available to draft.

  19. Capt. Tim Says:

    Think Trufant is a great pick.

    Still expect us to draft Logan Ryan from Rutgers

    Both would be fine with me

  20. Brian D. Says:

    I like Trufant as much as any corner in this draft. Watch this guy’s interviews…he’s a competitor…he’s a talker and plays physical. Let’s keep in mind that Milliner had the advantage of having the best front 7 in the NFL in front of him…who was playing defensive line at Washington. Trufant should, and I think will, be the pick.

  21. Jonny 3.3 Says:

    “Bloodlines” are overrated (Casey Matthews), especially when the other ones in family are mediocre players in the NFL.

  22. FunkYxMunkeY Says:

    Jarvis Jones is a great player, but his neck injury is really scary. You know its bad when USC refused to let him play, instead allowing him to transfer to UGA. If our Doctors clear him and don’t think it is that serious I would love to get him at #13. But, from what I’ve read, he is one really bad hit away from being paralyzed. Which I know, any player in the league has that risk. It is just scary. But he is by far the best pass rusher in this draft. Might be worth it in the middle of the 1st round.