Cornerback Desmond Trufant performs for NFL at UW's Pro Day
The Seahawks' new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn watches the former Husky work out during Washington's Pro Day.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The elder members of the Trufant family have never really doubted that baby brother Desmond was bound for greatness.
"It's crazy because I'm old enough to remember exactly when he was a baby," said Marcus Trufant, 10 years older than Desmond. "But growing up, he's always had something special about him. He always stood out."
He did again Wednesday as NFL scouts came to Washington for the school's annual Pro Day.
Trufant. a cornerback, was one of seven former Huskies to participate, but the only one who is assured of being taken in next month's NFL draft.
Desmond Trufant, in fact, has been regarded as one of the fastest risers in the draft, thanks in part to a 4.38 second time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine last month.
Because of his performance at the combine and the Senior Bowl, Desmond Trufant didn't do some of the timing and lifting events Wednesday, sticking largely to participating in some individual football agility drills. He was officially listed at 5 feet 11-5/8 and ran the three-cone drill in 6.76 seconds.
Watching from the sideline was older brother Marcus, a 10-year veteran of the Seahawks. Marcus was left to speak to the media for his brother after Desmond was quickly whisked away to a meeting, apparently with some scouts from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nothing he did Wednesday figured to alter his draft outcome. The only question seems to be if he actually will sneak into the first round as has been projected lately.
He hopes to become the third member of the family to reach the NFL. Middle brother Isaiah Trufant is with the Jets.
"I'm excited for him," Marcus said of Desmond. "He's just really done excellent for himself with the Senior Bowl and the Combine and even during the season. He's set himself up perfect to make a dream come true. All he's got to do is keep grinding and do the right thing and he will be all right."
At least nine NFL teams had representatives at the event, including the Seahawks, 49ers, Patriots, Ravens, Broncos, Chiefs and Colts. There were no head coaches, but the Seattle contingent included new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
• Other Washington players who participated were 2012 graduates Jonathan Amosa (fullback), Justin Glenn (safety), Anthony Gobern (defensive back), Drew Schaefer (center) and Semisi Tokolahi (defensive line). Also working out was Devin Aguilar, a receiver who graduated in 2011, and was with the Tennessee Titans during 2012 training camp. None of the recent grads is likely to be drafted.
• Amosa, a former walk-on from Rainier Beach High School, led all players with 34 reps of a 225-pound bench press.
Considering his humble beginnings, Amosa said he considered it a victory just to participate.
"Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here five years ago," he said. "Wherever this leads me is wherever I'll go."
• Glenn, who was tied for third in tackles for UW last year with 76, has been working out regularly with a group that includes one-time Husky Kavario Middleton, who finished his career at Montana. He hoped a performance Wednesday that included 23 bench press reps might get him NFL tryouts.
"This has been my dream to play in the NFL, so now I'm at the moment where it's a possibility, so that's why I've been trying to give my all and see what happens," he said. "I'm just doing what I can to get on the field."
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