Cornerback Desmond Trufant ready to join two brothers in NFL
BY ADAM L. JAHNS email@example.com April 22, 2013 10:11PM
Desmond Trufant, Justin Glenn, Kyle Rudolph
Updated: April 22, 2013 10:15PM
One day, if things go well for him in his NFL career, Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant won’t have to deal with people calling him by the wrong name.
‘‘Yeah, I get the ‘Hey, Marcus,’ a couple of times,’’ he said. ‘‘But it’s all good. He’s a great player. He’s done some great things in the league, so it’s not a bad thing.’’
Marcus Trufant, one of Desmond’s older brothers, is entering his 11th NFL season with the
Seattle Seahawks. Isaiah Trufant, another older brother, is entering his fourth season with the New York Jets. Both are cornerbacks.
Once Desmond Trufant is drafted this year, they will be the first trio of brothers to play the same position in the same season (should they all make their teams). Trufant, a four-year starter at Washington, is projected to go in the first round. Some recent mock drafts have the Bears, who need some youth and help behind Pro Bowlers Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, selecting him with No. 20 selection.
‘‘It’s cool. I don’t know the last time when there’s been three brothers in the NFL,’’ Trufant said at the NFL combine. ‘‘It’s definitely a milestone. It’s big for our family and our city [Tacoma]. And so I’m just going to continue it going.’’
Cornerback is arguably the deepest position in the draft. Bears general manager Phil Emery has called it a strength more than once.
‘‘When I look at it, there are a number of corners in this draft class that can play, and they can help teams as a 1, 2 or 3,’’ he said.
Trufant is among the best, rated just behind Alabama’s Dee Milliner and Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes in many rankings.
How would Trufant help the Bears now? He said he’s comfortable playing in the slot, if needed.
‘‘The way that I get out of my breaks and my transitioning, guys on the slot are a lot quicker,’’ he said. ‘‘There are a lot of quick games, and I feel like I can do good at that.
“And I’m a good blitzer, as well, and like to get in on tackles.’’
Plus, he always has his brothers to turn to for advice.
‘‘I love my brothers, love my
family,’’ Trufant said. ‘‘And I’m just going to keep the legacy going.’’