Trae Waynes, CB

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

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

  • San Francisco 49ers | #15
    Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retiring has shifted the attention in San Francisco to inside linebacker, but the starting cornerback Chris Culliver to free agency is also a concern. Waynes, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated cornerback, has the length, athleticism and ballskills to step in and play immediately on a defense that remains one of the NFL's best.
  • Minnesota Vikings | #11
    Wide receiver and offensive line are strong possibilities with this pick, but the Vikings also have a need at cornerback. Waynes has the speed/size combination that will land him in the top 15 picks and Minnesota has shown interest.
  • Miami Dolphins | #14
    They add a corner to pair with Brent Grimes, who isn't a kid either. Waynes is a polished man-cover player.
  • New Orleans Saints | #13
    The Saints continue re-tooling their team by adding another cornerback with their first first-round pick. You've got to have a stud in the defensive backfield when your division features Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson, Julio Jones/Roddy White and Kelvin Benjamin. With Brandon Browner and Keenan Lewis already there the Saints can bring Waynes in slowly.

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
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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