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The Atlanta Falcons showed when they went up to grab WR Julio Jones in 2011 that they're not afraid to gamble on a player they want. They did it again in Round 1 Thursday, trading up to No. 22 overall to take CB Desmond Trufant from Washington.
The 5-foot-11 Trufant follows his brothers, Marcus and Isaiah, into the NFL -- and he may wind up being the best of the bunch. He turned in really impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and the combine, running a sparkling 4.38 40 at the latter.
Atlanta also clearly needed to get better in the secondary after its defense cost it a shot at the Super Bowl last season. Both Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes left the Falcons this offseason, too, so they needed someone to add to Asante Samuel and the rest of their DB group. Trufant will get every shot to start during camp.
The only curiosity with this pick: Did Atlanta need to trade up to get it done? Only two cornerbacks, Dee Milliner and D.J. Hayden, had been taken to this point, and a deep class at that position would have presented opportunities later ... or at Atlanta's original spot.
The price tag to move up might come back to haunt Atlanta if Trufant doesn't pan out. But there's really no reason to believe he'll flop.