No need to tell Desmond Trufant he's a franchise-caliber cornerback. He already knows. - USA TODAY Sports
Former University of Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant, perceived by some as a strong candidate to go to the Miami Dolphins with the No. 12 selection April, recently took time out to talk with NFL Network's Around the League about how he views his draft stock, the corner he patterns his game after, and the nickname he earned after his late-game interception sealed the Huskies' upset win over Stanford last fall.
Desmond Trufant's 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine two weeks ago proved that the former Washington cornerback doesn't lack long speed.
His appearance on NFL Network's Around the League on Wednesday proved that he doesn't lack confidence, either.
Trufant, thought by many to be a first-round pick this spring, told Around the League that he believes he's one of the top prospects in this year's cornerback class. And he certainly has the bloodlines to back up his claim—his older brothers Marcus and Isaiah are NFL cornerbacks, with the former having the more illustrious career of the two. And like his younger brother, Marcus was perceived as a second-round talent prior to his head-turning performances at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. He wound up going 11th overall to the Seattle Seahawks in 2003.
"It's an advantage that not too many other players have. Not too many people have two older brothers in the league," Desmond told Around the League. "Just picking their brains, watching them and ... seeing how confident (they are) on the field puts more confidence in me.
"I see my brothers having success; I feel that I can have success, too."
When asked who he models his style of play after, Desmond had an interesting response: Darrelle Revis.
"Revis, you know, you can just put him on an island," Desmond said. "You know, just lock down this side of the field. Lock this receiver; we're not going to worry about him. I feel like I can do that."
Trufant's affinity for Revis might've had something to do with the nickname he earned at Washington last season.
"They called me 'Tru's Island' after the Stanford game," Desmond said. "That's what my coaches were telling me."
Desmond might have to amend that nickname to "Tru's Peninsula" if the Dolphins come calling with the No. 12 pick on draft night.
You can read the NFL.com article here.