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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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Michigan State CB Trae Waynes moved from No. 26 to 20 on Todd McShay's Big Board.
"Waynes has good length and speed for the cornerback position, and is at his best in a press-man or Cover 2 role," McShay wrote. "He has above-average field awareness and can track the ball well and maintain good position in coverage. He's also willing to come up in run support and is a sure open-field tackler." NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Waynes is better than former Spartans CB Darqueze Dennard, and NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah does him one better. Jeremiah prefers Waynes to any corner in the 2014 class, a group including first-rounders Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, the aforementioned Dennard, Bradley Roby and Jason Verrett. Jan 29 - 5:49 PM

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NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Michigan State CB Trae Waynes is better than former Spartans CB Darqueze Dennard.

"He's very good in press coverage and run support and has very good ball skills," Brandt wrote. "I think he's a better player than former Spartans CB Darqueze Dennard, who was picked in the first round last year by Cincinnati. Expect Waynes to start as a rookie and contribute." Waynes finished his career having started 27 consecutive games. He posted six interceptions and 13 pass breakups over the past two years. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah wrote earlier this month that he likes Waynes more than any corner in the 2014 class, a group that includes first-rounders Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, the aforementioned Dennard, Bradley Roby and Jason Verrett.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 12:14 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah likes Michigan State CB Trae Waynes more than any corner in the 2014 class.

The corners selected in the 2014 first-round include Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby and Jason Verrett. Jimmie Ward could be considered a slot corner as well. "Size, speed, tough, instinctive," Jeremiah said of Waynes after watching three games. Waynes played with Darqueze Dennard during his time with the Spartans.
Jan 9 - 1:06 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes "sports a lanky frame but doesn't shy from contact and has the fluidity, acceleration and poise when the ball is in the air to handle man coverage duties in the NFL," observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Waynes finished with 46 tackles and 11 passes broken up on the year, adding three interceptions. ESPN's Todd McShay recently slotted him to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 20 in a mock draft, writing 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."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 3:06 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes "will hit it out of the park in Indianapolis," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"I’m told the junior should break into the 4.3’s when (if) he runs the forty the final week of February," Pauline wrote. Waynes announced over the weekend that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. 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. Rated as one of the class' best cover men, Waynes is likely to be a first-round pick.
Jan 6 - 1:07 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I’m sure it’s kind of obvious," said Waynes. "Yeah, I’m gonna go." The corner did not technically end his collegiate career on a highnote against a difficult Baylor matchup, but evaluators have plenty of tape since Waynes started nearly 30 consecutive games. The hierarchy of the corner class is still to be determined.
Jan 2 - 10:35 AM

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."
Source: NJ.com
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 02:50:00 PM

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.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 01:01:00 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.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 07:50:00 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
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 04:07:00 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.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 05:22:00 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
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 02:00:00 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.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 06:52:00 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
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 03:45:00 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
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 08:42:00 AM