Trufant’s speed may move him into draft’s first round

Ex-Husky, Tacoma native impresses with 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds

McClatchy News ServicesFebruary 27, 2013 

One of the main currencies in the NFL is speed.

Consider Desmond Trufant a potential rich man after his performance Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Trufant, a Tacoma native and Wilson High School and University of Washington product, posted unofficial times of 4.31 seconds and 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Trufant’s official time of 4.38 seconds was the third-best time in the 40 for cornerbacks, and tied him with older brother Marcus Trufant, who also posted a 4.38 at the combine in 2003.

“That’s blistering,” said Mike Mayock, draft analyst for the NFL Network.

Mayock said before the combine that Desmond Trufant needed to run in the 4.4s to solidify his status as a potential first-round pick.

In the other workouts, Trufant finished with 16 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press, posted a vertical leap of 37 inches and broad jumped 10 feet, 4 inches. He also posted the second-best time in the 20-yard shuttle run at 3.85 seconds.

Mississippi State’s Darius Slay posted the fastest 40-yard time at 4.36, followed by the top-rated cornerback in this year’s draft, Alabama’s Dee Milliner (4.37) and Trufant (4.38).

Mississippi State’s other cornerback, Johnthan Banks, ran a disappointing 4.61 in the 40. Banks, at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, is considered a potential first-round selection.

Tyrann Mathieu, known as the “Honey Badger” before being kicked out of LSU in August, ran a solid 4.50 in the 40. Mathiue looked impressive catching the ball in position drills, as he continues to work to rebuild his draft stock and reputation after spending time in a drug rehabilitation program.

RAVENS’ HARBAUGH TO BE HONORED

Ravens coach John Harbaugh will be inducted into the “Cradle of Coaches” association at his alma mater Miami University next year.

Harbaugh’s team won the Super Bowl, beating his brother Jim’s San Francisco 49ers 34-31 for the Ravens’ second NFL title. He graduated from the southwest Ohio school in 1984.

A bronze, life-size statue of Harbaugh will be added to the Cradle of Coaches display on a plaza outside Yager Stadium early next year, joining the statues of Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Earl “Red” Blaik, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel, and John Pont.

HAYNESWORTH FINISHES COMMUNITY SERVICE

Former NFL defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has finished the community service he was required to do as a result of a plea deal in a case in which he was accused of touching a waitress’ breast at a Washington, D.C., hotel.

Haynesworth’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, said Tuesday that his client had completed more than the necessary 160 hours.

Haynesworth pleaded no contest in August 2011 to a charge of simple assault in the case. Prosecutors agreed to drop the charge entirely if he continued to stay out of trouble and completed the community service.

The case was closed Monday after Haynesworth and Bolden appeared in court.

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