“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.