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Desmond Trufant upholding family name at combine

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm with 62 Comments »
February 24, 2013 2:49 pm

“Mic check — one-two, one-two,” echoed Desmond Trufant’s voice trough the microphone, as the Tacoma native began his interview session at the NFL Scouting Combine, like a rapper preparing to drop some lyrics.

Yes, the youngest Trufant is a little more boisterous than his more reserved older brothers Marcus and Isaiah.

“I feel like they’re way more relaxed and chill on the field,” Desmond Trufant said. “I think just being the youngest brother, I’ve always had to fight my way onto the court or the field. Or just to play video games – just anything with them. And it definitely translated to the field.”

But he’s just as proud of the legacy established by his older brothers, and looked forward to joining them in the NFL.

Trufant measured in at 5-11 and 190 pounds. NFL scouts want to see him prove his long speed by running a fast 40-yard time. Trufant plans on doing that, but he won’t predict what his time will be when he runs on Tuesday.

“I’m going to run fast,” he said. “You’ve got to run fast to play corner. So I’m going to run pretty fast.”

So are you the best corner out of the three brothers?

“I mean I can’t say that yet,” Trufant said. “I’ve still got a lot to prove. They’ve played in the NFL at a high level. I’ve still got to go do that, then maybe you can ask me that.”

When asked who would win a race if all three brothers lined up, Trufant once again took a diplomatic approach.

“I don’t know, they’re kind of older now,” he said. “So I don’t know, I might have a step. But I don’t know, we’ll have to do that one day just for you all.”

Trufant’s fighting for a spot potentially in the first round if he performs well on Tuesday. NFL scouts like the confidence he plays with, his competitive nature and the fact that his specialty is man coverage. And he’s not afraid being out on an island.

Trufant said he owes is recent success partly to the defensive scheme change last year at the University of Washington.

“This year we had a whole defensive coaching change,” Trufant said. “Justin Wilcox was our defensive coordinator. We did a lot of man to man. And I feel like I’m a man-to-man corner. I can play zone as well, but I feel man is my strength.

“In the league you’ve got to be able to man up. The receivers are great. You’ve got to be able to read and react, and be out there on that island. And it’s definitely helped me being at UW.”

Trufant also brings versatility to the mix because can line up inside as a slot defender in third down situations. Trufant said he has quickness like is brother Isaiah, but size like oldest brother Marcus.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Eric. Cool story! Love the Trufant brothers.

  2. I wish Youngest Tru the best. Too bad we wont get him and pair him with Older Tru–that would be a fairy tale right out of hollywood.

  3. klondiko says:

    I thought you were going to say he was injured.

  4. edstang45 says:

    Yea having young Tru would be cool, he’s probably too small for PC I suspect. But stranger things have happened right.

  5. Seems like CB is about the least of SEA’s needs, so if D.Tru were there at 1-25 I don’t see JS/PC taking him, and I don’t think D.Tru will be there at pick #56.

    Let’s see, SF coach Harbaugh said they’ve already got a deal worked out for trading Alex Smith, but can’t let us know who with until March (8th?) People have been talking like KC is in the lead for getting A.Smith. There’s no chance that SF is gonna end up with the #1 pick in the 1st round. Is SF gonna get the #1 pick in the 2nd round or the 3rd? Would they have traded A.Smith for the 4th rounder?

    Has anybody mentioned that High School WR gloves are supposed to meet the latest NOCSAE standards for the 2013 season? Apparently, the change was supposed to take place in 2012 but coaches and officials around the country raised cain and got the change put off till this season. Officials are supposed to check everybody’s gloves to make sure they comply with the new rules. Anybody know what these new standards are and what the difference is between the old gloves and the new ‘legal’ ones?

  6. raymaines says:

    High School WR gloves? Really? No, I can’t comment on this important issue. Nor can I comment on Jr. High knee pads or Pop Warner mouth guards.

  7. SandpointHawk says:

    Football Glove Standard:

    At the request of the NCAA and the NFHS, NOCSAE has created a football glove standard to replace the current SGMA football glove standard. NOCSAE has researched the standard during the last 24 months and recommended a standard. The recommended glove standard will be adopted as written, except the COF for the glove material test will be increased to a maximum of 4.5, up from 2.0 in the original version of the NOCSAE spec. This is recommended to accommodate the use of pebbled glass as the sub-strate test material. If the glove test for the COF is between 4.0 and 4.5, the glove must also pass the peel adhesion test described in the standard. Both the NCAA and the NFHS have agreed to this change. This should allow most of the gloves that are currently in the market and meet the SGMA standard to still be legal for play.

    The standard went into effect as of June 2010 as a NOCSAE standard. However, both the NCAA and the NFHS have scheduled implementation for the 2012 football season which means manufacturers have until then to have the new product on the field in compliance. The current SGMA standard is still in place and gloves must meet that standard until the 2012 season. Please note the NCAA color specifications, as described in the NCAA rules, are still in effect for NCAA gloves now and the foreseeable future.

  8. montanamike2 says:

    Hi MattandCindy, sorry i didn’t get back to post and missed your question, i’m also sorry about your knee.
    We are a few chess pieces from having it all, i notice our FO putting it out that we don’t NEED to trade Flynn. It seems like a good strategy
    i hope it pays dividens. I’m more interested in the combine these next two days then i was this weekend, partly due to faith in our FO.

  9. montanamike2 says:

    STTBM when were you in Bozeman?

  10. montanamike2 says:

    I’m also glad to hear that Kam had foot fragments removed, it seemed he lost a step at the end of the season and i wondered why, i hope it’s fixed.

  11. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    i am starting to think quality debth is the most important thing ti address this off season. the fall off on D seems to be from a wide range of injuries.
    the obvious were clem/red/jones now kam.

    i am curious how everyone feels about taking desmond at 25 if he is there?
    kinda out with the old in with the new type deal.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    raymaines – Lol, my thoughts exactly.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It really doesn’t matter to me who they take at 25 oklahoma so long as they can make an impact for the team soon. The out with the old, in with the new would be cool though.

    Perhaps Gray, ( somewhere in the mid rounds ) as a backup to Wilson?

  14. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    most of the mocks i see the hawks taking players that don’t really fit the system. really don’t know where these guys come up with these picks.
    tavon seems to be a favorite along with a couple of DE/DT that would fit the system. as i said before is nice to have faith in FO to make good picks.

  15. bbnate420 says:

    I really wouldn’t want them taking any CB in the 1st round. First couple of rounds really. They have much bigger concerns IMO. Besides, none of the top 5 projected CBs on the roster right now were drafted earlier than the 4th round.

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It is amazing how this FO can find good corners without spending 1st and 2nd round picks, ( like most teams do ) to do it.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Corner definitely needs to be addressed this offseason. Depth at best and another starter (nickel) at worst. That said, I too agree that it’s a late day two or day three need, but it’s an area of concern.

  18. Watching the combine, all I can say is I will be so glad once Manti Te’o is no longer the big news hype of the day and he fades away on some team as just another knucklehead LB. My guess is this guy is another Aaron Curry waiting to happen.

    “Physically, he’s a world-beater. Mentally, he’s an egg-beater.”
    –Matt Elliot (Michigan), on linebacker Alonzo Spellman (Ohio State) 1992

  19. from rotoworld article:

    13. Defensive tackle Desmond Bryant — Flying under the radar only because he played on a bad team, Bryant has highly impressive game tape and possesses scheme versatility at 6-foot-6, 300. With nine sacks, two forced fumbles, and productive starts at both tackle and end the past two seasons, 27-year-old Bryant was this year’s sleeper for a white-hot market before last week’s arrest. Pete Carroll’s forgiving Seahawks aren’t afraid to take chances on players, and they were looking for an interior pass rusher like this when they signed Jason Jones last spring.

    Thoughts on him as a possible FA pick-up? I don’t think I watched Oakland play once last year, so I don’t have an opinion on it.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    “Physically, he’s a world-beater. Mentally, he’s an egg-beater.”

    Lol. My college baseball coach once said about left-handed pitcher who was ridiculously talented, but could never put it together: “He has the body of Tarzan but the mind of Jane”.

  21. lol! good quotes to keep in mind while watching the pajama games.

  22. montanamike2 says:

    Desmond Bryant is a player i hope slips to us, dude’s a beast and will adress what we need right away. I wanted him right after his DUI, not because of character issues but because he should be a top 10 pick we have a chance at.

  23. montanamike2 says:

    Sorry he’s a FA. Stupid me.

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I had a girlfriend once who had the body of Jane and the mind of Tarzan.

  25. montanamike2 says:

    I’m thinking of another beast but i confused the name.

  26. montanamike2–I was in Bozeman last month for a night. I get out that way a couple times a year. Next year I will have to schedule being in town during a Hawks game.

  27. montanamike2 says:

    For sure! My group would love a visiting fan, just be sure to bring a swim suit for the ‘springs.

  28. SandpointHawk: Thankyou^3! It may not seem like much to some posters here, but the ‘stickiness’ of the gloves – even though they don’t leave residue on the ball today has been bandied about some of the other teams discussion boards as being ‘bad for the game’. Too many one-handed upside-down behind the back impossible catches where the receiver seems to just stick out his hand and the ball sticks to it kinda thing. Nike’s gloves are some of the stickiest gloves out there. Cutter had to come up with their C-Tack gloves to try and compete, but even those aren’t as sticky. Parents of HS players have to buy their kids expensive equipment, including gloves. (Don’t buy your HS child an NFL SEA logo glove – $99 – they aren’t allowed in the HS game because they aren’t gray on the back and gray or black on the palm). And glove stickiness goes away with use. NFL pros get contracts where they receive 4 new pairs of gloves per month, one for each game and they recycle their old pairs for practice. RB’s gloves are also sticky which helps them keep from fumbling and also receiving outta the backfield. Those RB gloves also lose stickiness, so unless you buy a new pair every game or two your child can go from a ‘catch everything within reach’ to the catch % he was without gloves (or worse). Also, I’ve heard the kids with the new gloves (rich parents) also become targets for slobberknocker hits in practice for the kids playing without gloves. I wondered if the NCAA and NFHS were tightening down on the amount of ‘stickiness’ of the gloves – requiring them to be less sticky – but thanks to SandpointHawk I know they’re not. What I also wonder is if some of those WRs & CBs trying out at the combine have old gloves or are just prone to drops regardless.

    About Desmond Bryant – OAK has two FA DL guys, R.Seymore (sp?) and D.Bryant. Sorry Eric but they’re unlikely to keep both. If SEA could, I’d like to see them land D.Bryant.

  29. PS: from Sandpoint’s post COF = ‘coefficient of friction’ or how sticky the glove surface is allowed to be. 4.5 is a huge jump up from the 2.0 (Cutters Tack Gloves), and the peel adhesion test is nothing for silicone-based surfaces. Only if you were using the sticky side of duct-tape (or an actual adhesive) would it fail the peel-adhesion test. Again, the refs & coaches got together and got the new NOCSAE standard implementation held of till this season. Were the college WRs and CBs still using the 2.0 COF gloves during their games or was college already OK with the 4.5 COFs?

  30. That glove issue is really interesting, I think you shouldn’t be able to use gloves that sticky, it takes the skill away. Man, if you can’t catch a football these days, play a different sport homie. It’s amazing that there are any drops in the NFL.

  31. bbnate420 says:

    Let’s just bring back stickum!

  32. bbnate420 says:

    Margus Hunt is just an athletic freak. 6’8″ 277 and ran a 4.60 40, did 38 bench reps, has a 34.5 inch vert, and a 10’1″ broad jump. He had 8 sacks last year, albeit at SMU. He also blocked 14 kicks in his career. He will be 26 when the 2013 season opens though. Could be a good pick for the Hawks as a 5 tech when Red is out and a pass rusher on the inside.

  33. bbnate420 says:

    Ziggy Ansah was also very impressive at 6’5″ and 271.

  34. montanamike2 says:

    Alec Ogletree, that’s who i meant.

  35. SandpointHawk says:

    Just make Pine Tar legal… It’s really an amazing amount of stick-um on those gloves. I do some outdoor photography in North Idaho in the dead of winter and I’m always looking for gloves to keep me warm and that allow me to work the camera’s controls and such. So I tend to check out every glove I can find. When I tried receivers gloves I couldn’t believe the holding power, thought I would be holding onto a camera all day if I used them and they wouldn’t keep me warm at all. Back when I played ball, no gloves were allowed though they did have some hidden talc on the sidelines for us ball catchers.

  36. SandpointHawk says:

    Classic Harvard Man…

  37. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    lmao, duke dudes neck is deformed. i still want him thou.

  38. Dukeshire says:

    Have to say, he only stumbled accidentally into someone else’s house, No DUI. (For what that’s worth.) Although, I would freak the hell out if a stranger wandered into my place.

  39. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    you do that here they are bagging and tagging the person.
    i still want him on the team.

  40. Dukeshire says:

    He does have 11.5 sacks in 18 career starts… Perhaps Carroll can get similar “Chris Clemons” type production from him out of the 3-tech. To be honest though, I’ve never really payed attention to him so I can’t comment on how he’s fit into their scheme.

  41. bbnate420 says:

    You imagine a guy that big, much less just a stranger wandering into your house! He seems like a good fit by his number, but I’ve never seen him play either. I’d love to see them sign him for the right price. Hopefully this scares some teams off.

    It’s not a huge thing to me, he’s just lucky he didn’t wander into someone’s house that was trigger happy. Some people get drunk and wander into the wrong house and others just make a fool of themselves on a Hawks blog. ;-)

  42. bbnate420 says:


  43. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lol Duke.

  44. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Hasselbeck probably wished these were around for Jackson, Stevens, Robinson, Alexander and strong, when we led the NFL for drops.

  45. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Most Seahawks fans feel this way too! Kicking Flynns A$$ in the pre- season is what turned the corner for me.

  46. Not like anybody is looking for Jerramy (sp?) Stevens off-field antics on the SEA team again, but D.Bryant plays on the DL, so it’s not a penalty if he wobbles before the snap.

    D.Bryant played well for OAK last season. ProFootballFocus (PFF) ranked his performance 6th among all DTs. He played right DT most of the time, subbing in for about half the snaps for the first half of the season, then he started the 2nd half of the season and played the majority of the snaps. He had bad games vs the run @DEN, vNO & @CIN, but also had good ones vPIT, @KC & vKC. He’s pretty good at pressuring the QB (4 sacks, 11 hits & 20 QB hurries).

    PFF ranked SEA’s DT performances: B.Mebane 27th, J.Jones 28th, C.McDonald 53rd, A.Branch 76th, L.Fangupo 90th, J.Howard 92nd, and Gregg Scruggs 102nd out of 148 players total who played at least one snap last season.

  47. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “In the mornin you go drivin”
    “high on Marijuana in Atlanta”
    “And they find you past out behind your wheel”
    “Of your car at an intersection”
    “And the bloggers are all singin”
    “As they drag you by your feet”
    “But the hangman isn’t hangin’
    And they put you on the street”

    “You go back Leroy and do it again”
    “Wheel turnin’ ’round and ’round”
    “You go back Leroy and do it again”

    “When you know she’s no high climber”
    “Then you find your only friend”
    “In a room with your two timer”
    “And you’re sure you’re near the end ”
    “Then you love a little wild one”
    “And she brings you only sorrow”
    “All the time you know she’s smilin”
    “You’ll be on your knees tomorrow”

    “You go back Leroy and do it again”
    “Wheel turnin round and round”
    “You go back Leroy and do it again”

    I just couldn’t wait any longer for Duke to do it.

  48. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia’s in rare form tonight. Prost.

  49. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m checking out bbnate420 before I get MorkandMindy pissed.

  50. sluggo42 says:

    I used to have tarzans chest, but now in my old age, it’s turned into janes….

  51. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, no disrespect meant. I like what you bring to the blog.

  52. bbnate420 says:

    And I wasn’t excluding myself in my drunk post one-liner. I have posted some dumb ass shit for sure.

  53. I can’t think of a regular on this blog who hasn’t said something goofy/crazy before. We’re all human but we’re also Seahawk fans so we should be on the same side. For the most part, I think we are…

    I bet Eric sits back at some of the bantering on this blog sometimes and thinks to himself that “these morons really need to get a life.”

    :) Eric – I know you’re smiling (because it’s true).

    This is an escape from reality sometimes so that’s the excuse I’m going with… The real world is, well, too real here/there and I like to think something like a football game is more important than anything (and it is when life is going perfectly) even though we all know, in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t.

  54. OregonHawk says:

    BobbyK – Like :)

  55. bbnate420 says:

    Very well said, Bobby. I would bet you’re at least somewhat right about Eric, but this blog and the fanatics on it help keep the TNT what it is.

    I can’t think of anyone that regularly posts here that isn’t a “true” Hawks fan. There was one poster that shall remain unnamed that I had my doubts about. He hasn’t posted in months, and he loves Aaron Curry if that helps.

    The rest of us really want the same basic thing. We just differ on how to get there. We should all just relax on how we address one another. Myself included. Perhaps #1.

  56. montanamike2 says:

    I admit to being a total fool about 30% of the time, 50% serious semi intelligent and 20% just plain crazy/brain injured, take your choice.
    Not the kind of crazy like the cop in NYC who wants to kill and eat women(as food). I don’t hate anybody but am a little freaked out by albinos, i had one once ask to use my phone because of car trouble and it was night, scary. I saw him crank on the car for half an hour so i let him use it, (i lived in the city) he turned out ok, not like the Omega Man. I still would like any advice on a good Italian restaraunt in downtown NYC, i haven’t had a good lasagna in decades or a good pizza in a few years. However; i do go off topic from time to time….

  57. montanamike2 says:

    I’m so glad there are many on this blog with a sense of humor.

  58. Are you in NYC now?

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