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Trae Waynes | Cornerback

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 182

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ESPN's Todd McShay has Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes landing with the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 20 in his latest mock draft.
"The Eagles have been better on defense this season, but cornerback remains a position of need and Waynes would be a good fit," wrote McShay. The Spartans prospect has started in 26 consecutive games for Michigan State, and has totaled 98 tackles, six interceptions and 12 pass break-ups in 35 career games. McShay notes that Waynes "has good length and speed for the corner position, and he's a sure tackler who isn't afraid to come up and assist in run support. His field awareness is very impressive as well." Dec 18 - 2:50 PM
Source: NJ.com

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Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes is expected to declare for the draft and has met with potential agents, according to Yahoo! Sports.

"He is collectively projected by draftniks as either a first-round or early second-round pick," wrote Rand Getlin. The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder, who is able to jockey with receivers down the field in a way that shorter corners are sometimes physically unable to do, is rated as one of the class' best cover men. Michigan State plays Baylor on Jan. 1 in the Cotton Bowl. The deadline for underclassmen to declare early is Jan. 15.
Dec 18 - 1:01 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes intercepted a ball in Saturday's win against Penn State.

Waynes now has three interceptions on the season. A few weeks back, he said he was "not really focused" on whether he'd return for his senior season, though sources suggest he's being cagey. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, for instance, reported last month that Waynes was "expected to enter the draft," and that Waynes' family members were already vetting agents. The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder is able to jockey with receivers down the field in a way that shorter corners are sometimes physically unable to do. He could go in the latter stages of Round 1 if he bolts school early.
Dec 2 - 7:50 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes noted that he's "not really focused" on whether he'll return for his senior season.

"I'm not really focused on that right now," Waynes told Mlive.com. "I'm focused on finishing out this season as hard as I can and then we'll take it from there." The 6-foot-1, 182-pound Waynes,is currently sixth on the team with 32 tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. The Michigan State prospect's name has been projected anywhere from the mid-to-late first round for the 2015 NFL draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has recently reported that Waynes was "expected to enter the draft."
Source: MLive.com
Nov 14 - 4:07 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that he was told that Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes was "expected to enter the draft."

According to Pauline, Waynes' family members are now vetting agents. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound corner's height plays to his advantage, as he's able to jockey with receivers down the field in a way that shorter corners are sometimes physically unable to do. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted that Waynes sometimes tends to freelance more than you'd like from your corners, but he's very good at diagnosing routes and he's quick at jumping to the ball. In 2013, Waynes picked off three passes and recorded 50 tackles in earning All-Big 10 honorable mention.
Nov 7 - 5:22 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes "keeps his eyes up and alert so he is quick to recognize routes and break on the ball."

"Although he tends to freelance quite a bit, Waynes keeps his eyes up and alert so he is quick to recognize routes and break on the ball. He is one of the keys for Michigan State to lock down the Buckeyes vertical pass attack," Brugler writes. Brugler adds that the 6-foot-1, 178-pound Waynes "does an excellent job using his body and length to gain inside leverage and keep outside receivers from getting comfortable vertically." The Spartans prospect was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2013, collecting three interceptions, eight passes defended, and 50 tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 6 - 2:00 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes had two interceptions in Saturday's win against Nebraska.

Waynes is one of the nation's hottest prospects at the moment. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week that Warnes could "make it back-to-back years for Michigan State corners drafted among the top -32 picks if he leaves early," an allusion to the matching of Darqueze Dennard's accomplishment. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound Waynes was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2013, collecting three interceptions, eight passes defended, and 50 tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
Oct 6 - 6:52 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes "has a chance to make it back-to-back years for Michigan State corners drafted among the top-32 picks."

"The Spartans have had 26 defensive backs drafted over the past 50 years, but Darqueze Dennard was the only first rounder of that group. And Waynes has a chance to make it back-to-back years for Michigan State corners drafted among the top -32 picks if he leaves early," Brugler wrote. Although Waynes has a tendency to "freelance, creating wasted movement and false steps," Brugler likes that "he is tall, long and fast with ballskills and ball awareness to make plays at the catch point."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 2 - 3:45 PM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler notes "as a sophomore, junior CB Trae Waynes played like a young Kyle Fuller."

"As a sophomore, Waynes played like a young Kyle Fuller and if he can introduce more discipline to his game moving forward, he will have bright future in East Lansing and the NFL," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 178 pound Waynes was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2013, starting in all 14 games for the Spartans. As a first-time starter, Waynes finished with 3 interceptions and 8 passes defended, with 50 tackles, including 1.5 for losses. Now that CB Darqueze Dennard is off to the NFL, Waynes is now the top cornerback on the Spartan's roster.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 8:42 AM

Michigan State coaches are excited about new starting sophomore CB Trae Waynes.

"You look at Trae Waynes and say, 'Where are you compared to where Trae Waynes was a year ago?' Trae obviously just didn't overnight become this great player," defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. "Trae's to the point right now where you don't want to take Trae off the field." Waynes will start opposite talented senior Darqueze Dennard.
Source: MLive
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 09:37:00 AM