Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford were the first and second selections for the Atlanta Falcons in the 2013 NFL Draft. Both cornerbacks, both very talented. Trufant came out of the University of Washington and Alford went to Southeastern Louisiana University. The Falcons lost a couple of cornerbacks to free agency and because of cap space, thus the reason behind the drafting. So how are two rookies going to step in and make an immediate impact for the Falcons at such a high level? Well, Atlanta has a few guys that can show them a thing or two.
Guys like Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Asante Samuel. The Falcons had their three-day minicamp last week and who better to learn from than the best in the business. Welcome to the NFL…guard Jones and White. Head coach Mike Smith told Yahoo Sports about it: “We want to get them ready to play, and the best way is to have them go against really good players. They’re going against two of the best in the league, and Harry Douglas is not a bad receiver as well. They’re getting their fill.”
Alford weighed in about what he thought of the experience: “I think going against Julio and Roddy every day in one-on-ones is getting me better because both of them are Pro Bowl-caliber receivers. I’m going against the best, and I think that’s the one thing I can do to help me get better as a player.”
Not to mention the guys are learning from one of the best cornerbacks in the game today, Asante Samuel. To have Samuel at their disposal to go over film with, talk technique, hear stories, get tips…how valuable. I think the Falcons’ rookies might look a little more experienced than expected come game one. Atlanta certainly needs some production from them defensively.