Posted: 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013
By Trevor Woods
The 49ers biggest needs in the draft are defensive line and secondary. This prospect profile features a top tier cornerback who would improve the 49ers (or any teams) secondary from day one. Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant.
40 Time: 4.31
Broad Jump: 11'1"
Bench Reps: 16
Why He Might Fit The 49ers:
Trufant's coverage versatility could interest the 49ers. He could slide into any scheme and he isn't strictly a zone corner or man corner, Trufant can do both. He could fit right into a 49ers scheme that plays a lot of man, as well as some zone. Desmond has the ability to press effectively, while excelling in man coverage at a high level.
Why He Might Not Fit The 49ers:
The 49ers would probably have to trade up in the draft to grab Trufant. That could get in the way of him being a fit. The 49ers also like players who make tackles on a fundamentally sound basis, and Trufant needs work in this regard. I don't think this is a major concern, but it is likely on their con list. Lastly, the 49ers might not want to draft a cornerback with their first or second pick, instead opting to select a position of higher need, such as on the defensive line or at the safety position.
What They Are Saying:
after an impressive pro day, Washington's Desmond Trufant appears to be a first-round pick blogs.nfl.com/2013/03/13/des…— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 13, 2013
- Check out all of his stats at cfbstats.com
It comes down to whether or not the 49ers feel he is the best corner available in the draft. Trufant will not fall to pick 31, and they would have to trade up to acquire him. Anywhere from pick 20-24 would be a wise spot to grab Trufant. I am not advocating a trade up on draft day to get him, nor am I going to throw that idea out either. Desmond does many of things that make scouts and myself think he will be a legitimate No. 1 corner in the NFL.