The Falcons, who had the draft-pick surplus necessary to make a move up the board in Round One, did just that, trading into the No. 22 spot to take Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant.
The No. 22 pick belonged to the Rams, who had acquired it from Washington in the trade that landed Robert Griffin III in Washington last year. According to the Rams, the Falcons surrendered picks Nos. 30 (Round One), 92 (Round Three) and No. 198 (Round Six). St. Louis also included a conditional 2015 seventh-rounder in the deal.
Trufant (6-o, 190) helps address a need for the Falcons, who released Dunta Robinson and had Brent Grimes depart in free agency. Trufant,who intercepted six passes in four seasons with Washington, is likely to compete to start opposite of Asante Samuel. An All-Pac 12 performer in 2012, Trufant is the third corner to be selected in the draft, joining Dee Milliner (Jets) and D.J. Hayden (Raiders).
Desmond Trufant is the third member of his family to get an NFL shot. His brothers, Marcus and Isaiah, both have league experience, with Marcus a first-rounder of Seattle 10 years ago.