Selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Named to his first Pro Bowl after notching 43 tackles (35 solo) with one interception, one sack, and 11 passes defensed while starting all 16 games. Scored his first career touchdown on a 24-yard fumble recovery in Week 4. Started and was one of five defenders to play all 74 defensive snaps against Philadelphia (9/14). Posted one pass defense in the win. Played all 71 defensive snaps and logged three tackles (one solo) at New York (9/20). According to Pro Football Focus, Giants QB Eli Manning did not attempt a pass in his direction. Started and recorded three tackles at Dallas (9/27). Part of a defense that held Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden to 68 passing yards in the second half. Scored his first career touchdown on a 24-yard scoop-and-score fumble recovery against Houston (10/4). Finished the game with two tackles, three passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries. Became the first Falcon to recover two fumbles in a single game since Robert McClain & Jonathan Babneaux each had two vs. Washington in 2013. Started at cornerback and notched one tackle at Tennessee (10/25). Helped anchor a pass defense that allowed a season-low 179 yards through the air. Started at cornerback and logged two tackles against Tampa Bay (11/1). Part of a defense that held the Buccaneers to 173 net pass yards. Enjoyed one of his best games of the season, posting four tackles, one tackle for loss, two passes defensed and his first career sack against Indianapolis (11/22). Recorded a season-high six tackles against Minnesota (11/29). Helped the defense limit the Vikings to 174 passing yards, the fourth time Atlanta allowed less than 200 passing yards in a game in 2015. Intercepted QB Jameis Winston for his first INT of the season at Tampa Bay (12/6). His interception set up a 52-yard field goal by K Shayne Graham at the end of the first half. Also added four tackles. Posted three tackles and one pass defense against Carolina (12/27). Helped the defense hold the Panthers to their lowest point total of the season (13) and limit QB Cam Newton to 4.7 yards per pass attempt, his lowest mark of the year.
In three seasons with the Falcons, has developed into a Pro Bowl cornerback. Has started 48 consecutive games while totaling 184 tackles (150 solo), six interceptions, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 44 passes defensed, and one touchdown. Started all 16 games in his second season. Recorded 67 total tackles (57 solo), three interceptions and lead the team in pass deflections with 18, which ranked him among the top 10 in the League. Started all 16 games as a rookie and earned All-Rookie honors from the PFWA after notching 74 tackles (12 solo) with a club rookie record 17 passes defensed and two interceptions. Finished the year tied for 10th in the NFL and tied for second among all rookie cornerbacks in passes defensed. According to Stats LLC., his 17 passes defensed in 2013 were the most by a Falcons rookie in a single season, surpassing Darnell Walker, who broke up 13 passes in 1993. Named Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus. According to Stats LLC., allowed just 48.3 of passes thrown his way to be completed (42 of 87). Among players with at least 87 defensive targets, his 48.3 completion percentage was tied for the eighth-best in the NFL and he was one of nine players to allow less than 50 percent of passes to be completed.
Started 47 of 50 career games at the University of Washington posting 195 tackles (151 solo) with a school record 39 passes defensed, 8.5 tackles for loss, and six interceptions.
Allowed just eight of 54 pass completions (14.8 percent) on balls thrown in his direction as the Huskies ranked 23rd in the nation in pass defense, allowing 197.3 passing yards per game. As a senior, won both the Sports Radio 950 KJR Most Outstanding Defensive Player and the Guy Flaherty Award (the team’s oldest and most prestigious honor).
As a team captain in 2012, earned second-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report and Fox Sports as well as first-team All-Pac 12 honors after recording 36 tackles (27 solo) with nine passes defensed and one interception. In 2011, was named All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention and won the team’s Don James Perseverance Award after starting all 13 games and posting a career-high 64 tackles (46 solo), a team-leading 16 passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Earned All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention as a sophomore in 2010 starting all 13 games and logging 48 tackles (34 solo) with four passes defensed, one interception, and one fumble recovery. Made an instant impact as a freshman as he was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-Pac 10 team and earn All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention in 2009. Spent three games as a reserve cornerback before taking over the starting role for the final nine games posting 47 tackles (44 solo), six passes defensed, and two interceptions.
Attended Wilson High School (Tacoma, Wash.) where he was named a first-team all-state selection by the Seattle Times after recording 67 tackles on defense and 12 rushing touchdowns during his senior season. As a junior, he posted 47 tackles and eight interceptions, along with four stops for loss, scoring five times while gaining 440 receiving yards and finding the end zone six more times on 36 carries for 360 yards. Named a red chip prospect by the Seattle Times and a “Northwest Nugget” honorable mention by the Tacoma News-Tribune. Rated the sixth-best overall player in the state of Washington and the country’s 56th-best cornerback by Rivals.com. A standout long jumper and triple jumper at Wilson. Took second place in the Class 4A state track meet in the triple jump (46 feet, 5.75 inches) and placed 11th in the long jump (21 feet, 2.25 inches) as a junior in 2008. Also starred on the Rams basketball team. His two older brothers Marcus and Isaiah also played in the NFL. Marcus was selected 11th overall by Seattle in the 2003 NFL Draft and spent 10 years with the Seahawks while Isaiah spent time in the AFL and UFL before breaking into the NFL as a practice squad player with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. Son of Constance and Lloyd Trufant.