SEATTLE — In a lot of ways, Desmond Trufant decided to let his standout performances at the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine speak for themselves.
Taking part in the University of Washington’s pro day Wednesday morning, Trufant didn’t run a 40-yard dash or lift any weights, though the cornerback did take part in the three-cone drill and 60-yard shuttle — times were not made available to the media — and went through an individual workout that was described by NFL.com as “phenomenal.”
Trufant, from Wilson High in Tacoma, let his previous workouts speak for him because he declined to talk to reporters at Washington’s Dempsey Indoor facility.
Big brother Marcus, however, was more than happy to praise
the impressive senior season and offseason that have helped turn Desmond into a possible first-round pick in the NFL draft.
“I’m excited for him, proud,” said Marcus Trufant, a free agent after 10 seasons with the Seahawks. “He’s just really done excellent for himself with the Senior Bowl and the combine, and during the season. He’s doing excellent and setting himself up perfectly to make the dream come true. All he’s got to do is keep grinding, do the right things and he’ll be all right.”
Marcus Trufant, who was on hand along with his parents to support Desmond, said it was a bit strange to see the person he used to baby-sit preparing for an NFL career.
“It’s crazy, I’m old enough to remember when he was a baby,” Marcus said. “I used to baby-sit, I’m the oldest of the three boys. Growing up he always had something special about him, he always stood out in sports. Football, basketball, it really didn’t matter what it was. He’s doing the same now; he’s standing out and doing a lot of good stuff.”
Desmond Trufant was one of seven former Huskies football players working out at the UW pro day, along with safety Justin Glenn, fullback Jonathan Amosa, cornerback Anthony Gobern, center Drew Schaefer, defensive tackle Semisi Tokolahi and receiver Devin Aguilar, who graduated last year and is a free agent.
Glenn said he still doesn’t know what his future holds, be it hearing his name called in the late rounds or signing with a team as a free agent, but he felt good about his workout, which included a 40-yard dash he said was timed in the 4.4 seconds.
“I hit most of my goals,” he said. “I don’t know all of my times, but I felt good, I felt confident, and from here I’ll just keep working and stay ready for whatever.”
At least nine NFL teams were represented: Seattle, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Denver, New England, Kansas City, Oakland, Jacksonville and New Orleans.
The local team was best represented, with the Seahawks sending a large contingent that included defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., secondary coach Kris Richard and defensive passing game coordinator Rocky Seto.