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{ Washington Huskies Cornerback Desmond Trufant goes in-depth about being an NFL prospect and his plans leading up to the NFL Draft }
Author: Desmond Trufant, Special to NFLPLAYERS.COM Posted: 4/3/2013

Desmond Trufant is a senior cornerback at The University of Washington. Trufant has proven to be one of the best cornerbacks in the Pac-12, boasting a streak of 45 straight starts for the Huskies. In his Draft Diary only on NFLPLAYERS.COM, Trufant will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at how he’s preparing for the NFL Draft. Check back here often as Desmond chases his dream of making it to the NFL.

Being an NFL prospect opens your eyes and gives you a glimpse of what to expect when you become an NFL Player. I think the hardest part of the draft process is dealing with the various tasks that you must accomplish and manage. Between flying across the country, completing workouts, being away from family, interviews and media appearances it can all be physically and mentally draining. It’s a lot of work and can be challenging to balance, but I’ve always been good at prioritizing and managing my time. In the end it’s all a part of getting closer to my dream of stepping into an NFL stadium as a player and not just a spectator.

Professional football is a business. My film, week at the Senior Bowl, Combine experience and what I did at my ProDay are all a part of my resume for a position with an NFL team. My performance at each helped showcase my versatility and the impact that I could make on the roster of a franchise. At my ProDay on March 13th I didn’t do a lot of the same drills from the Combine, since I feel like my results there were pretty good. Instead, I wanted to focus more on the position drills and my individual workouts. The Jaguars ran position drills for the secondary positions, so I got to work with my teammates Justin Glenn and Anthony Gobern. It felt good to be back out there in Dempsey with my teammates, especially since I haven’t seen them in a while. I got to see that they’ve also been working really hard since the season ended.  We’ve all been waiting for this opportunity to come and were more than ready to give the teams our absolute best. About 11 teams showed up to see us on more of an intimate level. The Colts, Rams, Patriots, Chiefs, Raiders, Seahawks, Jaguars and a few others sent representatives and coaches to speak with us and engage in our workouts.  I feel like the teams that have been looking at me believe that I can do a lot of good things for their organization and could put me in a couple different spots, which is always a good thing.

Since my ProDay I’ve been staying in shape and keeping up with my workouts, but I’ve also been involved in some interesting projects. I just got back from Atlanta where I did my first team visit, which was pretty cool. The head coach told me to keep working, but not to over work. He said that a lot of rookies hit a wall about half way through the season because their bodies are burnt out due to the long season. So I got some great advice on balancing my workouts to give my body rest to make sure I’m fresh for whatever team I go to. A couple weeks before going to Atlanta I got the opportunity to visit NFL Network and be on their show “Game Changers” with a couple other defensive backs. Everyone treated us with respect and we got to meet a lot of great people in the industry.

 All the interviews and appearances can definitely become overwhelming, but I think I’ve been doing pretty well so far. Because of my humble and laid back personality I’ve never been really into reading the different articles and stories about my potential and how I rank compared to others but my friends and family tell me things every now and again. I just want to continue concentrating on my future and keep focusing on the things that I can control, such as my performance. Having established a mentor relationship with Richard Sherman definitely helped me during this process. I think the best piece of advice that he has given thus far was just reassuring me and telling me to keep working hard and to maintain the same self-confidence and swagger that I had going into the process. From what I have heard from Richard, my brothers and other athletes in the business it seems like staying true to who you are is key.

Being an NFL prospect and going through the draft process definitely has its ups and downs, but envisioning my name on the back of an official NFL jersey is what keeps me going and my family of course. Now that I have some more down time I’ve been taking advantage of every moment that I get to spend with my parents, brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews. Whether it’s going down to the beach on a nice day, playing basketball or listening to music, I just love being around the people that have always been there for me and will always love me despite my situation. The people of my hometown and college community have been behind me since day one. They’ve always supported me in numerous ways and continue to do so now, which truly means the world to me.

I honestly can’t believe that the draft is less than a month away. It’s kind of crazy because in high school you get to pick your college and what team you want to play for, but now the team picks you so you never know what the outcome will be. I’m very excited and pumped about finding out what franchise will make my dreams come true, but in the meantime I’m going to continue enjoying every moment of this experience because not to many people get this opportunity. I’m very fortunate and thankful for everything.

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