The Atlanta Falcons are counting on their first two draft picks, Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford, to have a significant impact for them this season. At training camp, as expected, results have been mixed so far. Pro Football Focus has been grading the rookies performance in their first pre-season game. Here is what they had to say about the two Falcons rookie cornerbacks:
Snaps: 24 with the starters and second string.
Analysis: Tough debut for Trufant who got run over on the Falcons’ opening defensive play and would give up a first down on their second drive. Looked a little lost at times in what can at best be described a tentative debut.
Snaps: 51 as part of the second string defense
Analysis: Put forward a case for being tested by some starters. Very eager to get involved and not shy about going after ball carriers in the run game. Lost himself once in coverage but didn’t allow a reception on three targets while finishing with two pass break ups. Impressive.