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2015 NFL DRAFT

Trae Waynes, CB

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 186 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1511

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.312.551.5319 3810'2"4.397.06
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Pittsburgh Steelers | #22
    New defensive coordinator Keith Butler inherits a unit that finished 26th in the NFL against the pass, according to Pro Football Focus. None of the teams ranked worse made the playoffs. After heavy investments in the front seven over the past several years, the Steelers may turn to the secondary, especially if a talent like Waynes is still available. Waynes has the length, athleticism and ballskills teams are looking for, though his slim frame (6-0, 186) is a concern that could keep him out of the top 20.
  • New Orleans Saints | #13
    New Orleans needs help in the secondary and instead of waiting for 2014 second rounder Stanley Jean-Baptiste to develop, the Saints would be wise to pick the draft's best cornerback if Waynes is still available.
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  • Miami Dolphins | #14
    Waynes left no doubt at the combine about who is the best athlete with cover corner skills. I interviewed him and he is a very impressive, humble person that is focused on being great. This is an easy pick for a team trying to catch the Tom Brady-led Patriots.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Excellent size and length for the position. Experienced working on an island and plays with confidence. Does an excellent job using his body and length to gain inside leverage and keep outside receivers from getting comfortable vertically. Tough-minded competitor and plays with a physical, downhill demeanor, delivering a pop at contact in run support. Always keeps his eyes alert to quickly diagnose and break on break on the ball with natural ball skills to make plays.

WEAKNESSES: Thin-limbed and is all "arms and legs" with his lanky build, clearly lacking ideal bulk and muscle definition. He is too easily pushed around by wide receivers, too much of an ankle biter in run support and needs to develop his functional strength. Needs to stay balanced in his transition and his technique tends to run hot/cold due to his tendency to bite the apple and freelance. He will also play too hands-on and draw penalties in the NFL.

Compares To: Kyle Fuller, Bears -- Waynes plays like a young Fuller and if he can introduce more discipline to his game moving forward, he will have bright future in the NFL.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

One of the best defensive backs and cover corners in the country, Waynes cut his teeth under the tutelage of 2014 first-round cornerback Darqueze Dennard the past few years and has developed into a first-round prospect himself. He finished the 2014 season with 46 tackles, a sack, three interceptions and eight passes broken up and is considered by many to be the clear No. 1 cornerback in this class.

Waynes has the size to match up with the league?s premier playmakers in bump and run, and pre-draft workouts could determine just how high his draft ceiling is depending on his timed speed.

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Player News
02/23/2015 - Trae Waynes burns turf with electric 40 time at 2015 NFL combine...Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes is considered by many the top player at his position in this year's draft. He's No. 1 on our cornerback big board (courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com) and both Dane Brugler and Pat Kirwan have him as the first corner being drafted in their most recent mocks, while Rob Rang has him going two picks after Washington's Marcus Peters. Waynes did a lot to solidify himself as possibly the top defensive back prospect on Monday, running a scorching 4.32 second 40-yard dash, fastest among all corners. In fact, that time places Waynes tied for seventh-fastest among cornerbacks at the combine since 2003. - Jared Dubin, CBSSports.com
 

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