Posted: 1:28 pm Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Falcons CB Trufant named to PFWA All-Rookie team 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM Falcons rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant covers Bengals wide receiver Ryan Whalen during the first quarter of their NFL exhibition game on Aug, 8, 2013, in Atlanta.

Falcons rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant covers Bengals wide receiver Ryan Whalen during the first quarter of their NFL exhibition game on Aug, 8, 2013, in Atlanta.

Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, the 22nd player taken overall in the 2013 NFL draft, was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team today.

Trufant, 6-0, 190 pounds, finished his rookie season with 73 total tackles (57 solo), two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Trufant’s 17 passes defensed ranked tied for 10th in the NFL and set a franchise rookie record, topping Darnell Walker’s 13 pass breakups in 1993.

Trufant started all 16 games as a rookie and according to Stats LLC., Trufant allowed a 48.3 completion percentage on passes thrown his way.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who led all NFL rookies and set a club rookie record with 1,178 rushing yards, was selected as the 2013 Rookie of the Year, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who led all NFL rookies with 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdown receptions, was selected as the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, who finished third among all NFL players with 159 total tackles, was selected as the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Lacy, a second-round pick out of Alabama, had 284 rushes and 11 touchdowns, both Green Bay rookie records. Lacy was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October after posting 395 yards on 97 attempts in the month. and was the league’s Offensive Player of the Week after a 141-yard effort at Dallas in Week 15. He had four 100-yard rushing efforts, which tied for the most among NFL rookies and tied for fifth among all players. Lacy’s 11 rushing touchdowns were third overall in the NFL.

Allen, a third-round selection out of California, set team rookie receiving records in catches and yards as the league’s first 1,000-yard rookie since 2011 and the fifth NFL rookie since 2000 to go over the 1,000-yard mark. He had back-to-back 100-yard games twice, the first Chargers rookie to accomplish that since 1960, and his five total 100-yard games was also a San Diego rookie record. He had nine receptions in two games, and a 128-yard effort at Washington in Week Nine.

Alonso, a second-round pick out of Oregon, had four interceptions on the season, including a streak of three consecutive games, the first three-game interception streak by an NFL rookie linebacker since 1980, and the first by a Bills rookie linebacker in team history. He had a season-high 22 tackles (13 solo) in Week Six vs. Cincinnati, the most by a Bills LB since 1997. Alonso also had two sacks, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.

The Detroit Lions led all teams with three All-Rookie selections – defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah, punter Sam Martin and guard Larry Warford. Carolina, St. Louis, Miami and San Diego each had two players on the squad. In all, 21 clubs are represented among the 27 players honored.

The All-Rookie offense includes Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon, Cincinnati’s Giovanni Bernard and Lacy at running back, Allen and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver, Washington tight end Jordan Reed, Dallas center Travis Frederick, Chicago’s Kyle Long and Warford at guard and San Diego’s D.J. Fluker and New York Giants’ Justin Pugh at tackle.

The All-Rookie defense includes Ansah, Carolina’s Star Lotulelei, the New York Jets’ Sheldon Richardson and Carolina’s Kawann Short on the defensive line, Alonso, Oakland’s Sio Moore and St. Louis’ Alec Ogletree at linebacker, Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu and Atlanta’s Desmond Trufant at cornerback and San Francisco’s Eric Reed and New Orleans’ Kenny Vaccaro at safety.

The All-Rookie special teams is Miami kicker Caleb Sturgis, punter Martin, Minnesota kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson, St. Louis punt returner Tavon Austin and Miami special teamer Don Jones.

2013 PFWA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

2013 PFWA OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: WR Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

2013 PFWA DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: LB Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills



QB – Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RB – Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

WR – Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

TE – Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

C – Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys

G – Kyle Long, Chicago Bears; Larry Warford, Detroit Lions

T – D.J. Fluker, San Diego Chargers; Justin Pugh, New York Giants


DL – Ziggy Ansah, Detroit Lions; Star Lotulelei, Carolina Panthers; Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets; Kawaan Short, Carolina Panthers

LB – Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills; Sio Moore, Oakland Raiders; Alec Ogletree, St. Louis Rams

CB – Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals; Desmond Trufant, Atlanta Falcons

S – Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers; Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams

PK – Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins

P – Sam Martin, Detroit Lions

KR – Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

PR – Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams

ST – Don Jones, Miami Dolphins


Rick didn't watch football this year, apparently.

Trufant allowed 3 TDs and opposing passes only had a 75.2 rating against him (that's better than Revis this year, actually). He tied Buster Skine of Cleveland for most passes defended this year (15). Only 53% of passes in his coverage were caught (that put him 20th in the league of 110 backs who played in at least 25% of all defensive plays - if you push that number to 75% he ranks 5th). He missed 4 tackles all season (tied for 3rd best at his position despite playing more snaps than those tied/ahead of him).

PFF had him graded out as the 7th best CB in the league and you could really tell he was turning it on in the end with solid performances against Carolina, Washington, Aints, and Buffalo.

So, no, Rick, he was not awful, hence the stellar stats for a rookie and the awards he is recieving. I'm sorry you're terrible at evaluating players.


Who'd he pay off to get this honor...I don't recall him ever being near the ball.  He and Alford were awful.


>grab good, young, high upside talent to shore up a virtually non-existant secondary

>dont expend Grimes money in the process

>Falcons fans still complain

This is why we can't have nice things.


dimitroff sux  he can not evaluate talent    we have no talent on the team   take weatherspoon for instance   everyone from the falcons tells us how great he is but what has he actually done besides get outplayed by a dude from the practice squad(worrilow) an the players we had I thought were descent at one time are getting worse under this coaching staff(William moore)think the last 5 or 6 years of bad drafting has caught up to us


They were going to pick Ogletree because he has charterer issues.


As I think about it, we could have had two guys off this list. Ogletree and Lacy and not lost a pick. Probably could have still picked up Alford and not had to sign Jackson. Oh well.


Maybe a Pro Bowl year is coming up!? Nice job rookie!


Great pick of Trufant. A blind squirrel...


I still wonder how things would have turned out if we had just stuck to our draft position and picked up Ogletree. Water under the bridge now though.