April 26, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State cornerback and Tacoma native Marcus Trufant will remain in the Northwest, as the Seattle Seahawks made him the No. 11 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Saturday morning.
Trufant became the fifth-highest pick from Washington State since 1978. He joined a list of Cougars taken in the top 20 of the draft that includes current WSU assistant coach Ken Greene, Jack Thompson, Keith Millard, Steve Broussard, Drew Bledsoe, Mark Fields, and Ryan Leaf. Timm Rosenbach was also the No. 2 overall selection in the 1989 supplemental draft.
Trufant, an ESPN All-American as a senior, is expected to join Seahawk officials Saturday afternoon for a press conference.
"I think it's cool. I can stay home with friends and family and get everybody to the games. I am just going to enjoy this opportunity and enjoy my experience in the NFL," Trufant said shortly after being picked.
Trufant held a gathering in Tacoma for family, friends, and the media, and waited anxiously to find out where he would go.
"I was happy. Everybody was screaming. We were waiting in the hotel room and then my name came across and everybody was real excited," the four-year WSU starter said.
Trufant finished his collegiate career with 201 tackles and 11 interceptions, good for sixth on the WSU career list. The Wilson High School product received all-conference honors in his last three seasons with the Cougars.