Could the Patriots Trade Up and Draft Desmond Trufant?

Desmond Trufant Senior Bowl

Desmond Trufant would look very good in a New England Patriots uniform.

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The 2012 NFL draft was certainly out of the ordinary for the New England Patriots as we saw Bill Belichick and company trade up in the first round to select defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

If trading up does prove to be a new trend for the Patriots, then one player that the team might have their eyes on is cornerback Desmond Trufant.

According to our 2013 Patriots Draft Contacts here at NE Patriots Draft, the Patriots held an official visit with the cornerback prospect out of Washington.

If New England happened to fall in love, so to speak, with Trufant, then trading up to the middle of the first round would certainly be a possibility—considering that Trufant is projected to be long gone by the time New England is on the clock at No. 29 overall.

In recent mock drafts, Trufant has been selected in the middle of the first round:

NE Patriots Draft’s James Christensen: No. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers

ESPN Insider Todd McShay: No. 21 Cincinnati Bengals

ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr.: No. 19 New York Giants

If Trufant is available at that point of the draft, say picks No. 17-22, then the Patriots could certainly pull the trigger and move up.

New England will enter the draft with five draft picks: 1st Round (#29 Overall), 2nd Round (#59 Overall), 3rd Round (#91 Overall), 7th Round (#226 Overall) and 7th Round (#235 Overall).

By referencing the NFL draft trade value chart, picks No. 17-22 are worth between 950 and 780. So in order for the Patriots to move up to that range, the team will likely have to trade their No. 29 overall pick, which is worth 640 and No. 91 overall pick, which is worth 136 and one of their seventh rounders.

This might come off as a lot to trade for just one player, but if the Patriots do value Trufant at a very high-level, then it could be well worth the move.

We have Trufant as the second rated cornerback in this year’s class. Trufant stands in at 5’11” and weighs 190 pounds. All in all, Trufant has all the potential in the world to be an elite cornerback at the NFL level as he’s incredibly athletic and versatile and plays the game with an uncanny instinct.

When it comes to predicting the Patriots, it’s one of the more difficult things that one can do. However, if Belichick and New England’s player personnel department values Trufant at a high-level, then the team will certainly explore ways to acquire him as the scenario develops on draft day.

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10 Responses to “Could the Patriots Trade Up and Draft Desmond Trufant?”

  1. cmoniz says:

    If Trufant is there at 29, I’m fine with taking him. I also wouldn’t be mad if they took Jamar Taylor…or someone like Werner if he miraculously falls. Have GOT to come up with a wideout that can step in and at least be a threat outside. I’d take Hopkins if he was available at 29.

    But I think the best move is to trade out of 29 and nab a 2nd and a 4th. Take two WR’s with those 4 picks…a DB, and either an OL or DL.

  2. Steve Leggett says:

    Just on the most recent Bleacher Report Mock & Keenan Allen, Trufant & Cyprien are all there at 29 BUT I still get the shakes thinking of Bill drafting a DB or WR in that spot. Sorry but historically he just sucks at evaluating those positions. A couple of good quality Lineman will be available at 29, both OL & DL You nver know – Hell Vince fell to us at 21 way back when so just sit tight and draft the best DL or OL available.

  3. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I would not give so much for Trufant, I think Bill likes Jordan Poyer, but many Mocks have in the early 3d round.

    • Jeff M says:

      I’d take Xavier Rhodes over either because at least he can switch to safety if CB doesn’t work.

  4. cc says:

    If the team moves up in the 1st….I’d rather it be for the actual D-Line, DE, OLB. Its a “better safer bet” and a “major” need as well. No. Not for a CB.

    NEXT YEAR when (?) Aquib Talib leaves: then I get his replacement. + Another.

    My resolution is simple: trade the next year 1st, for a NOW 2nd rounder(+/- whatever) so were able to specifically fill another slot “now” & fill it with actual “NEED”.

    & as for trading our #29 for a 2nd rounder. …..I needs to stay within Upper2nd IMO. Nothing under 38 overall unless there is an extra bonus attached. Only a a handful of spot difference is just right.

  5. Eric says:

    Nah, don’t trade up for Trufant. Take DJ Hayden or Jamar Taylor at 29 if they feel they need a 1st round CB.

  6. AM says:

    I love Trufant, and think he’s well worth the pick if he’s around at #29, but in a draft with this much depth, it might be better to let the board fall to them. Jamar Taylor, Johnthan Banks, or Robert Alford would each be great additions, and allow preservation of a third round pick in a very deep draft.

    • AM says:

      Not suggesting Alford in the first round, but more as a later option in lieu of trading up for Trufant.

    • Michael says:

      exactly- there really isn’t a drop off in play from Trufant to Taylor. Also Taylor is considered to be the better run defender and tackler while Trufant is better in coverage

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