Dave Boling of The News Tribune gives us the happy details of University of Washington product Desmond Trufant’s eventful day during the opening round of this year’s draft.
The Atlanta Falcons gave up third round and six-round picks, along with the team’s first rounder at No. 30, to St. Louis in order to move up eight spots to No. 22 and select the Tacoma native. Desmond joins oldest brother Marcus as first-round picks from the Trufant family. Marcus Trufant was selected No. 11 overall by the Seahawks in 2003.
Boling: “To go to a contending team is one important element, but equally rewarding to Trufant was the connection he made with the Falcons through an individual workout he had with them.
“They loved me throughout the whole process,” he said. “They told me it was one of the best workouts they’d seen.” And their expending two other draft picks to trade up to get him “tells me they really saw something in me … and I’m going to return the favor. I’m going to work hard and grind from day one.”
Of course he is. Growing up a Trufant, he knows no other way.”
Here’s my story from the VMAC, which looks at possible selections for Seattle in the second round.
Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks securing Percy Harvin was the right move, even if it meant thumb twiddling in the first round.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Seattle had what Pete Carroll termed “a quiet evening.”
Carroll talks with Percy Harvin in Seattle’s draft room Thursday in the video below.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the NFC West improved around Seattle on Thursday, with the Rams moving up to grab receiver Tavon Austin, and the 49ers moving up to select LSU safety Eric Reid. Arizona upgraded its offensive line with North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper.
Sports Illustrated provides a list of the best draft prospects still available heading into the second round.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sports writes that one day quarterback Geno Smith will make those who passed on him pay.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland provides a nice roundup of the surprises in the first round, and also looks forward to Day 2.