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Trae Waynes, CB

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 186 lbs.
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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
---- --4.18-

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Minnesota Vikings | #11
    Given the caliber of receivers Minnesota faces in the NFC North, it wouldn't be a surprise to see defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer push for another long-lanky corner for his scheme, especially should the top talent at the position fall in his lap.
  • Minnesota Vikings | #11
    While the Terrance Newman signing was good for depth, the Vikings still have a need at cornerback and could draft the top defensive back on their board with this pick.
  • Minnesota Vikings | #11
    I have been consistent keeping him in this spot, but they could be tempted to take one of the offensive linemen. But I'll stay with Waynes.
  • Miami Dolphins | #14
    Sitting back and letting the draft come to them pays off for the Dolphins as they land the top corner in the class.

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

A two-star defensive back recruit out of high school, Waynes committed to Michigan State over offers from Wisconsin and Illinois, redshirting in 2011 as he recovered from a high school injury.

He played mostly special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2012 with five tackles. Waynes earned a starting job as a sophomore field cornerback in 2013, lining up opposite Darqueze Dennard and recording 50 tackles, eight passes defended and three interceptions. He replaced Dennard as the boundary cornerback and started all 13 games as a junior in 2014, recording 46 tackles, 11 passes defended and three interceptions, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors.

Waynes decided to skip his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Player News
03/20/2015 - Waynes secures top corner status at Spartans' pro day...With several NFL head coaches and general managers in attendance, cornerback Trae Waynes impressed during Michigan State's pro day on Wednesday, likely securing his status as a top-15 pick and the top prospect at his position in the 2015 NFL Draft. At 6-0 and 186 pounds, Waynes decided to stand on most of his times from the NFL Scouting Combine, which isn't a surprise considering he posted the fastest 40-yard dash (4.31) among defensive backs. He did improve his times in the shuttles at the pro day, claiming cramps during those drills hurt his numbers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Waynes improved his 20-yard shuttle with a 4.19 (4.39 at the Combine) and in the 60-yard shuttle (11.24).

Waynes, who said he has pre-draft visits scheduled with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, also impressed during positional drills. Wide receiver Tony Lippett, who was Michigan State's first two-way starter since 1968, also worked out at cornerback for scouts. He was the Big Ten's receiver of the year in 2014, but several NFL evaluators think he will be a better cornerback than wide receiver at the next level. Lippett ran a 4.50 40-yard dash, an improvement from his 4.61 at the Combine. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com



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