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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 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.

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 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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05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 1/11 - Trae Waynes, CB, 6-0, 186, Michigan State...Has the size, arm length, speed (4.31) and cover ability to be the No. 2 corner the Vikings need to compete with the NFC North's big receivers. Is expected to win a starting job opposite Xavier Rhodes and allow Captain Munnerlyn to move inside as the No. 3 slot corner exclusively. - The Sports Xchange


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