NFL media senior analyst Gil Brandt has come out with his all rookie team, and two Atlanta Falcons defenders made the cut. First-year linebacker Paul Worrilow and cornerback Desmond Trufant found themselves on the list, giving the Falcons faithful something to be hopeful for after such a disappointing season.
Worrilow, who led the Falcons in tackles with 127, made up for his lack of physical tools by playing with a motor that never stopped. Despite going undrafted after being named an All-American at the University of Delaware, he made the most of every opportunity and has the chance to be a cornerstone linebacker heading into the future. He may never be a star, but he showed he is more than capable of getting the job done when called upon.
While Worrilow might have taken the undrafted route into the NFL, his teammate Desmond Trufant came into the season as the Falcons’ first-round draft pick. That vaunted title always comes with lofty expectations, and Trufant delivered more often than not for a defense that found itself on the wrong end of too many big plays this season. A gifted natural athlete, Trufant has the skills to stay with the best receivers the league has to offer.
Both Trufant and Worrilow were among the few bright spots for the Falcons this year. While Trufant might have the higher ceiling, both players had great rookie campaigns and should be even better next year after a full offseason.