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Dec 22, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Huskies cornerback Desmond Trufant (6) breaks up a pass intended for Boise State Broncos receiver Mitch Burroughs (20) in the third quarter in the 2012 Maaco Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Boise State defeated Washington 28-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

29. New England Patriots-Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Trufant’s stock has risen during pre-draft events and workouts, so the Patriots would be lucky to get Trufant here.

New York could take Trufant 13th and Minnesota could take him with one of their first round picks, but I think Trufant will slip to the Patriots. He wasn’t extremely impressive during the 2012 regular season and outside of one game with 10 tackles, Trufant’s performance didn’t show up on the stat sheet. Then, he took scouts by storm.

Trufant ran a blazing-fast 4.38 40-yard dash, and he recorded 16 reps on the bench press. While Trufant only weighs 186 pounds, he makes up for his size with his quickness. Trufant’s workouts have been extremely impressive, and as a result, he will likely be picked in the first round. New England doesn’t have a great cornerback, and there won’t be great receiving talent to choose from. Unless Hopkins, Allen or another talented receiver falls to the Patriots, it’s likely they will improve the secondary.