Looks like Atlanta was targeting Trufant all along per Dimitroff's comment in this article from the local CBS affiliate in Atlanta.
The Falcons worked a trade with St. Louis to acquire the 22nd overall pick. Atlanta swapped the 30th selection and gave up its third- and six-round picks, while acquiring a future seventh-round pick from the Rams.http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2013/04/25/ ... PI.twitter
“This was our targeted pick,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “This is who we focused on all throughout the offseason.”
The 6-foot, 190-pound Trufant, who timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash during the combine, fills a major need for the Falcons. The team lost three cornerbacks during the offseason as Dunta Robinson was cut in a cost-cutting move, while Brent Grimes and Christopher Owens signed with other teams in free agency.
There were only four cornerbacks on the roster — one of them a practice-squad player — before Atlanta selected Trufant.
“He’s a guy who just seems to find the football,” coach Mike Smith said, who expects the newcomer to compete right away for a starting job.