Former Washington Husky Desmond Trufant was thought to be a potential second- or third-round prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft, but after a strong performance at the Scouting Combine, he may have boosted his stock enough to break into the first round.
Trufant ran extremely well, posting a 4.38 second 40-yard dash, one of the fasted times at the event. He also excelled in the 20-yard short shuttle, and performed admirably in the vertical and broad jumps. Many draft analysts cited strength as one of Trufant's biggest flaws, but his 16 reps on the bench press were among the best by defensive backs. Overall, Trufant helped himself in a lot of ways at the combine and should see his stock rise in the weeks leading up to the draft.
Former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson also participated in the combine, although he didn't fare quite as well as Trufant. Wilson ran a 4.51 40-yard dash while posting a vertical jump of 34.5 inches. His best event came in the three-cone drill, which he completed in 6.65 seconds, the second-best time for wide receivers. The interview process was also key for Wilson, who is attempting to put his unceremonious exit from WSU behind him.
Eastern Washington wide receiver Brandon Kaufman was the only other participant from a Washington school. Kaufman measured in at 6'5, but ran the third-slowest 40-yard dash among wide receivers at 4.67 seconds. He also finished near the bottom in the bench press despite being one of the bigger receivers participating.
All three players will have a chance to further boost their stock at pro day events over the next few weeks.
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