It was a nervous and festive night for Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant who had to wait 2 hours and 40 minutes during the NFL draft before the Atlanta Falcons selected him with the 22nd pick.
Atlanta traded with St. Louis to move up eight spots and select Trufant.
Three other Pac-12 players were taken in the first round: Oregon DE Dion Jordan, No. 3 by Miami; Oregon G Kyle Long, No. 20 by Chicago, and UCLA DE Datone Jones, No. 26 by Green Bay.
Trufant is the 20th Husky chosen in the first round.
Atlanta, which beat the Seahawks in the playoffs and advanced to the NFC Championship game, had a dire need for help in the secondary. Three of the Falcons’ top five cornerbacks from last season are no longer with the team.
Falcons coach Mike Smith told reporters in Atlanta Trufant would compete for a starting spot.