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Even without the benefit of OTAs last year, Desmond Trufant become one of the best and the brighest. With OTAs this year, he's looking to take another step forward.

Last season during OTAs, the Falcons were missing someone who would prove to be highly valuable on defense during the season. First-round pick Desmond Trufanticon-article-link.gif, along with Levine Toiloloicon-article-link.gif, missed all of OTAs because they returned to school to finish their degrees. Both players' PAC-10 schools operate on a quarter system and Trufant and Toilolo couldn't join the Falcons full-time until they were done.

It's hard to imagine what Trufant could have accomplished with all of OTAs under his belt. While he did attend the rookie and veteran minicamps, the OTA sessions surely would have benefitted the corner heading into his rookie season. Trufant turned in a spectacular rookie season and just like that, he's now one of the leaders of the defense.

He returns this season with a focus on more interceptions. While the rookie was near the top of the league in pass deflections last season, he only came down with two interceptions. This season, Truant says the entire defense is focused on collecting more takeaways.

"Turnovers tell pretty much the game," Trufant said. "The more we cause, that's going to put the offense on the field and create energy, so we're definitely focused on that."

This year, fellow second-year cornerRobert Alfordicon-article-link.gif is set to join Trufant on the edges. Alford started four games last year and should pair up with Trufant to form a nice young cornerback duo. The two haveconsidered the possibility of entering the discussion this year regarding the best CBs in the league.

Trufant saw the field for the second-highest number of snaps on the team last year and was a full participant during OTAs this year in preparation for 2014. He's becoming a key figure on a defense that is coming together and getting younger. In just his second year, he's already taking players under his own wing.

"Obviously it's new for some people, but that's what guys like me, Will Mo (William Mooreicon-article-link.gif), or Rocky (Alford) are here for, just to help," Trufant said last week. "If anybody has any questions at all on the defense, we always help each other. We're just going to continue to grow together."

Extra time on the field for a player like Trufant is dangerous for the rest of the league. Without the additional training he could have received during OTAs last year, Trufant studied from a distance and was prepared when camp began, progressively improving. If he can do 2013 without OTAs, what can he do in 2014 with the full complement of training available to him?

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Yeah I definitely see him having a great year, unless Willy Mo runs him over every time he's in position. Definitely was a nail biter every time I saw Willy in the same vicinity trying to make a play. The anxiety caused by the thought of our best corner getting dunta'd by our #1head hunter was never ending.

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If the kid stays healthy, he will go down as one of the better corners to ever play the game. I truly believe that. I'll give it two more years and he will replace Richard Sherman as the best corner in the league. He won't have the picks, because it was well documented he has stone hands, but he will shut down his side of the field and get in and make stops on running plays. Bank on it.

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He had 3 hit him in the hands last season and Willy Mo dislodged another. I think he gets about 6 this season.

willy MO dislodged 2,maybe 3

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I can see Tru having alot of ints.... Dude breaks on the ball is crazy.... Between Willie Mo and and ints Tru just drop (3 examples.. vs the rams , panthers, and seahawks) ... He should have had 9 ints ... I know that sound like alot but the guy got his hands on the football ALOT ..... Im only naming the miss ints that hit both his hands

I tried to put them all in the video.. Couldn't fit everything

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I can see Tru having alot of ints.... Dude breaks on the ball is crazy.... Between Willie Mo and and ints Tru just drop (3 examples.. vs the rams , panthers, and seahawks) ... He should have had 9 ints ... I know that sound like alot but the guy got his hands on the football ALOT ..... Im only naming the miss ints that hit both his hands

I tried to put them all in the video.. Couldn't fit everything

Great video, if I wasn't wxcited enough for this season I am now! Pumped to see what these two do in their second year and with hopefully a better pass rush in front of them.

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