Today's question: Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant made his first Pro Bowl last season, and the 2013 first-round draft pick out of Washington firmly believes he should be considered among the elite corners in the league. As he approaches his fourth NFL season, Trufant hopes to elevate his play to another level. With Josh Norman moving on from Carolina to Washington, is Trufant hands down the top cornerback in the NFC South?
David Newton, Carolina Panthers reporter: Not just the top corner in the NFC South, but the NFL. Opposing quarterbacks have completed below 60 percent of their passes against Trufant the past three years. If he had a better pass rush in front of him that number would be lower, and he'd probably have more plays on the ball. According to Pro Football Focus, no cornerback was targeted less in 2015 than Trufant. That speaks to what quarterbacks think of the 2013 first-rounder. As the Atlanta defense improves, and I believe it will, Trufant will rise in stature just as Norman did at Carolina.
Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter: I'd say so, and the numbers don't lie. If you look at last season, Trufant got the type of treatment typically reserved for elite cornerbacks like Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman -- his side of the field was basically ignored. Trufant played 979 total snaps in 2015, yet was targeted ony 56 times, the NFL's lowest among CBs who played at least 75 percent of their team's defensive snaps (per the Falcons' media relations department). I don't think he's in Revis' or Sherman's league yet, but he's blossoming into a nice lockdown corner.
Mike Triplett, New Orleans Saints reporter: The Saints have two really underrated corners in Keenan Lewis, who was playing at a Pro Bowl-level before he suffered a hip injury last summer, and Delvin Breaux, who had a breakout year in 2015. And Tampa just signed Brent Grimes, who is the most accomplished corner in the division. But I don't think any of them top Trufant right now, since he is entering his prime and really does seem to have the talent to be one of the league's premier corners. I asked Drew Brees about Trufant, and it's clear that the young rival has made an impression on him. "I think he's an extremely good player," Brees said. "I think he is as quick and athletic and fast as any corner in the NFL. And you see him play with good body position. You see him decipher things. I've just kind of watched him grow from his rookie year until now. And when you take a guy who has the skill set and then all of a sudden he begins to gain the experience, that's when a guy can become dangerous."