Asked on Sunday what he expected to run in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, Desmond Trufant smiled and offered, “I’m going to run fast.”
The University of Washington cornerback, and brother of Seahawks corner Marcus Trufant, did just that at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday. Desmond was clocked in 4.38 seconds – third-fastest among the corners behind Mississippi State’s Darius Slay (4.36) and Alabama’s Dee Milliner (4.37), and fast enough to assure Trufant’s status as a first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft.
“You have got to run fast to play corner,” Trufant said. “So I’m going to run pretty fast.”
Mike Mayock, analyst for the NFL Network, said the speed of the corners would determine which might join Milliner in being selected in the first round.
Told of Mayock’s statement, Trufant said, “Oh, that’s what they’re saying? I’m going to do what I’ve been training to do.”
Trufant was working out at API (Athletes’ Performance Institute) in Arizona to prepare for the Combine. You can watch Trufant’s 40 here.
Bucky Brooks, a former NFL player and scout who now works for NFL.com, was impressed by Trufant’s efforts.
“Trufant had been considered a fringe first-round prospect following the Senior Bowl, but a strong showing in Indianapolis now has him firmly entrenched in the conversation,” Brooks wrote. “He blazed a 4.38 40, displaying exceptional speed and acceleration. Additionally, Trufant popped impressive measurements in the vertical (37.5 inches) and broad jump (10-foot-5). Scouts were already convinced Trufant possesses the requisite cover skills to be a solid starter as a pro; the rest of the workout confirmed his movement skills as a borderline blue-chip talent.”