NFL Mock Draft 2013: Carolina Panthers Select Desmond Trufant

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With the fourteenth overall pick in the 2013 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the Carolina Panthers (represented by Stilljreming) select...

Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington


Desmond Trufant

#6 / Cornerback / Washington Huskies

6-0

186

senior

I know what you're all thinking: Wherever you look and whoever you've turn to for a mock draft has this name engraved in your brain when talking about the Panthers first round selection this coming April: Sheldon Richardson, the outstanding defensive tackle from Missouri.

The Panthers indeed, appear to be poised for a defense-heavy draft to try and improve of a mostly average unit (13th against the pass, 14th against the run last year). My take on who they'll pick first however is slightly different: the NFC South is stacked with quarterbacks in Brees, Ryan and Freeman that like to pass and will do so early and often. It is also laden with big, tall wide receivers and tight ends the likes of Julio Jones, Roddy White, Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams.

For the foreseeable future, it seems that having success in the NFC South is going to take possessing a secondary that can match the strength and physicality of the new breed of strong and rangy wide receivers and tight ends. This is why with the 14th pick in the 2014 draft, the Panthers will stun the viewing crowd, much like the Seahawks did last year by selecting Bruce Irvin 15th overall, a pick that didn't turn out to be the disaster everyone anticipated.

To end the suspense that is undoubtedly killing you, the Panthers' selection will be Desmond Trufant, CB from the University of Washington. Trufant has good size as a corner at 6'0" 190 lbs, who in his four-year career with the Huskies, totaled nearly 200 tackles (with 151 of those being solo). He also had 6 INTs and 3 force fumbles with one returned for a TD. His numbers declined a bit during his senior season, but this was mostly due to teams not throwing his way.

With the recent release and subsequent retirement of Chris Gamble, the Panthers have an obvious need at cornerback and Trufant could come in and compete right away for a starting spot with incoming free agent signee D.J. Moore or incumbent Captain Munnerlyn whom the team recently re-signed for a short-term contract.

Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2013 CSC Community Draft Section.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Kansas City Chiefs OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
Hans Petersen 77%
2 Jacksonville Jaguars QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
Dragon Ninja Warrior 48%
3 Oakland Raiders CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
Ralph Malbrough 42%
4 Philadelphia Eagles OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
Aburton531 78%
5 Detroit Lions DE Dion Jordan - Oregon
ShadowFlash 50%
6 Cleveland Browns DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah - BYU
Fan since the Aints 54%
7 Arizona Cardinals OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
Joseph Williams Stern 94%
8 Buffalo Bills G Chance Warmack - Alabama
aburton531 52%
9 NY Jets S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas
organictallman 33%
10 Tennessee Titans G Jonathan Cooper - UNC
cajuncommando58 67%
11 San Diego Chargers DT Sharrif Floyd - Florida
lostastic
12 Miami Dolphins DT Star Lotulelei- Utah Ralph Malbrough
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Xavier Rhodes - Florida St. jeff.l.b
14 Carolina Panthers CB Desmond Trufant - Washington Stilljreming
15 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
16 St. Louis Rams
caomhin
17 Pittsburgh Steelers
aryanspecial
18 Dallas Cowboys
SAINTMANUMIT
19 NY Giants
BlackandGold4ever
20 Chicago Bears
MobileSaint
21 Cincinnati Bengals
Fan since the Aints
22 St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Kevin Held
23 Minnesota Vikings
cajuncommando58
24 Indianapolis Colts
Legatron Morstead
25 Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)
Fan since the Aints
26 Green Bay Packers
caomhin
27 Houston Texans
TeeThaKingSaint23
28 Denver Broncos
aburton531
29 New England Patriots
ShadowFlash
30 Atlanta Falcons
Dave Choate
31 San Francisco 49ers
BlackandGold4ever
32 Baltimore Ravens
NawlinsOriole
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