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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Atlanta Falcons Select...

Remember when the Falcons had a 17-0 lead that was 24-14 come halftime, before getting shutout in the 2nd half and allowing the 49ers to move on to the Super Bowl? BTSC user MDR21 has the pick.


This pick could have gone in a lot of different directions. With the releases of OT Tyson Clabo, DE John Abraham and RB Michael Turner, and the uncertainty surrounding the return of TE Tony Gonzalez, there were a lot of holes to fill on a team that is built to win now.

Those questions marks were addressed in pretty rapid fire -- the return of Gonzalez, the signing of former St. Louis workhorse Steven Jackson at RB, and the signing of Osi Umenyiora at DE (although the latter may be a situational player only).

This franchise is desperate to win it all now-MDR21

One train of thought for the Atlanta Falcons would be to target the best value (say, if a Tyler Eifert had been sitting here), especially if Gonzalez had not returned. This franchise is desperate to win it all now to legitimize their investment in Matty Ice, and also the significant trade up for Julio Jones in 2011.

With the 30th pick, the Atlanta Falcons select Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington.

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Desmond Trufant represents tremendous value here at #30 AND fills a tremendous need-MDR21

This pick basically boiled down to a pass rushing DE or a CB, and Desmond Trufant represents tremendous value here at #30 AND fills a tremendous need.

With Brent Grimes gone to Miami and Dunta Robinson released and signed in Kansas City, the Falcons are down to just Asante Samuel and a bunch of guys at CB.

Trufant's pro day stats are impressive, and most importantly, align with what you see on tape:

Combine stats (Top Performer *):

  • 40-yard dash: (4.38 sec) *
  • 225-lb Bench Press: (16 reps)
  • Vertical Jump: (37.5 inches)
  • Broad Jump: (125.0 inches)
  • 20-yard shuttle: (3.85 sec) *

Trufant is likely a plug and play starter from day one, a probably a key piece to watch if the Falcons are eventually able to make it to the Super Bowl next year.

Team Player Pos School BTSC rep
1 Star Lotulelei DT Utah [Link to pick]
2 Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon [Link to pick]
3 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida [Link to pick]
4 Dee Milliner CB Alabama [Link to pick]
5 Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan [Link to pick]
6 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M [Link to pick]
7 Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma [Link to pick]
8 Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU [Link to pick]
9 Chance Warmack OG Alabama [Link to pick]
10 Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina [Link to pick]
11 Tavon Austin WR West Virginia [Link to pick]
12 Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State [Link to pick]
13 Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU [Link to pick]
14 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee [Link to pick]
15 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia [Link to pick]
16 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas [Link to pick]
17 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame [Link to pick]
18 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri [Link to pick]
19 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State [Link to pick]
20 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama [Link to pick]
21 Alec Ogletree LB Georgia [Link to pick]
22 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama [Link to pick]
23 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina [Link to pick]
24 Datone Jones DE UCLA [Link to pick]
25 Geno Smith QB West Virginia [Link to pick]
26 Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State [Link to pick]
27 Arthur Brown LB Kansas State [Link to pick]
28 Matt Elam S Florida [Link to pick]
29 Keenan Allen WR California [Link to pick]
30 Desmond Trufant CB Washington MDR21


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