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From Deion to Desmond: Falcons first-round pick Trufant to wear Sanders' famous No. 21

  • Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Desmond Trufant, center, and general manger Thomas Dimitroff laugh as head coach Mike Smith, left,  jokes with reporters during an NFL news conference at the team's headquarters Friday, April 26, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Trufant, a cornerback from Washington, was selected 22nd overall in Thursday's NFL draft. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Desmond Trufant, center, and general manger Thomas Dimitroff laugh as head coach Mike Smith, left, jokes with reporters during an NFL news conference at the team's headquarters Friday, April 26, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Trufant, a cornerback from Washington, was selected 22nd overall in Thursday's NFL draft. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Desmond Trufant, waits during an NFL news conference at the team's headquarters Friday, April 26, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Trufant, a cornerback from Washington, was selected 22nd overall in Thursday's NFL draft. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Desmond Trufant, waits during an NFL news conference at the team's headquarters Friday, April 26, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Trufant, a cornerback from Washington, was selected 22nd overall in Thursday's NFL draft. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Desmond Trufant, right, laughs as head coach Mike Smith jokes with reporters during an NFL news conference at the team's headquarters Friday, April 26, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Trufant, a cornerback from Washington, was selected 22nd overall in Thursday's NFL draft. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Desmond Trufant, right, laughs as head coach Mike Smith jokes with reporters during an NFL news conference at the team's headquarters Friday, April 26, 2013, in Flowery Branch, Ga. Trufant, a cornerback from Washington, was selected 22nd overall in Thursday's NFL draft. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

Desmond Trufant, who posed with a No. 1 jersey on Friday as the Falcons' first-round pick in the NFL draft, will be wearing No. 21 on the field.

That's the same number worn by another cornerback, Deion Sanders, when the future Hall of Famer played his first five seasons in Atlanta.

Trufant, a four-year starter at Washington, says it will be an honor to wear Sanders' number. The Falcons traded up in the first round on Thursday night to make Trufant the No. 22 pick overall.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff says he sees Trufant as a "full package type of player" with ideal character, skills and work ethic. The Falcons are expecting Trufant to compete for a starting job as a rookie.