Desmond Trufant has been named to the NFL's All-Under 25 Team following an excellent rookie season. Trufant, entering his second season, was drafted 22nd overall by the Falcons in the 2013 NFL Draft.
To be eligible for the All-Under 25 Team, a player has to be 24 years old or younger when week one of the 2014 NFL season arrives. This gives a pretty large group of players from which to choose, including many young cornerbacks. It's quite an honor for Trufant, and it's well-deserved based on his performance.
The full roster for the All-Under 25 Team can be viewed on NFL.com, and you'll see that Trufant is in good company. Green Bay's Eddie Lacy, the offensive Rookie of the Year, is on the list, as well as impressive young players like Cleveland's Josh Gordon, the Rams' Robert Quinn, and Carolina's Luke Kuechly. The other cornerback on the list is Arizona's Patrick Peterson, who racked up 13 passes defensed and three interceptions over the course of the 2013 season. Peterson also had 40 tackles and two assists. Eric Reid of the Niners and Tyrann Mathieu of the Cardinals round out the defensive backfield on the All-Under 25 Team.
Trufant finished his rookie season with 17 passes defensed and two interceptions. He also managed 55 tackles and 15 assists, which is pretty remarkable.
If Trufant's rookie season is any indication, his future in Atlanta is very bright. Congratulations to Desmond Trufant on this well-deserved recognition.