5 recent Falcons players who came so close to NFL stardom

Five players who were on the verge of being the best in the NFL for the Falcons.
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1. Desmond Trufant, CB

Desmond Trufant was a staple of the Falcons defense for many years. He was that stable veteran presence on the boundary of a fast-changing defense.

But for how stable he was, he could seemingly never break through the barrier of 'very good' and 'superstar.' He had a couple of seasons where he was a top-five corner but never showed that consistency that guys like Jalen Ramsey or Patrick Peterson did. I almost compare his narrative to that of Jonathan Babineaux's.

Trufant made one Pro Bowl as an alternate and was routinely a step under the Pro Bowl.