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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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CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tentatively has Michigan State CB Trae Waynes slotted to the Rams at No. 10.
"Not sure if the Rams stay here, and if they do, they could certainly go with a wide receiver like DeVante Parker," he wrote. "And yes they've already taken corners pretty high in recent years. But three of them are on the field most of the time in this day and age." Of course, the aggressive Rams could also simply wait to see who drops to them and then auction the pick to the highest bidder. "This could be a spot for someone moving up for whichever of the top three edge rushers are still on the board (I don't have Vic Beasley accounted for just yet in this exercise, for example), but I'm thinking the best corner in the draft in a pass happy age ends up in the top 10," La Canfora wrote. Apr 8 - 7:18 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Michigan State CB Trae Waynes compares to Johnathan Joseph in the estimation of ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

Based on numbers, John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group likens Waynes to Desmond Trufant, Dee Milliner and Joseph. "I like the Joseph comparison," Weidl wrote. "Joseph was a little raw but possessed more natural athleticism and change-of-direction skills coming out of South Carolina. While Waynes is a notch below Joseph in terms of fluidity, he is more seasoned with his technique coming out of school. Both are effective press corners with the instincts and quickness to hold up in zone coverage as well." Waynes' measurables are very close to Trufant's.
Apr 6 - 4:24 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "is lean but can press, and he has length but can also mirror routes and stay with the fastest receivers down the field," observed ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The venerable analyst sees Waynes as a top-20 pick as well as perhaps the safest corner on the board. "Sure, he grabs too much and will have to trust himself and his positioning a little more, but given his now-proven recovery speed (he can run low-4.3s) to go with the tape, you have to feel as comfortable with Waynes as any other corner in this draft given how difficult a transition it can be at that position," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Waynes ran the fastest combine 40-yard dash amongst DBs at 4.31 seconds.
Mar 31 - 12:48 AM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes has worked out with the Patriots(group work out) and the Panthers (private workout), and has April visits with the Vikings, Bears, and the Jaguars, according to Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder.

The Michigan prospect had an outstanding performance at the combine running the fastest 40 time amongst defensive backs (4.31),and followed up with a solid pro day. Waynes improved on his 4.39 combine 20-yard shuttle time, posting 4.19 time, and posted a 11.24 in the 60-yard shuttle. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Wayne could be a top-15 selection in this year's draft. Interested teams in the back end of the first round, should be prepared to move up for his services.
Mar 30 - 2:20 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "carries a very high ceiling."

Waynes, of course, ranks as the analyst's No. 1 CB. "He's a bump-and-run cornerback with the length, deep speed and confidence to handle himself down the field against speed," Zierlein wrote. "Waynes plays too handsy for NFL officials and that could show up on Sundays. His 4.31 40, smooth hips and overall fluidity displayed at the combine could make him a much earlier pick in the draft than previously projected." Zierlein compares Waynes to Antonio Cromartie. An NFC director of personnel told the scribe: "I didn't think anyone had a better combine than (Trae Waynes). He was faster than I thought and looked great in the drills. He's the top corner and I don't think it's close."
Mar 29 - 4:25 PM's Frank Cooney believes Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "should be an asset against the NFL's tall and talented receivers."

"His instincts and length make him the boss in most one-on-one situations. Waynes looks comfortable and menacing in press and cover-two assignments and should be an asset against the NFL's tall and talented receivers, although he is a bit lanky himself," Cooney wrote. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Wayne has great size and length for the position and isn't afraid to be left alone on an island. The Michigan State prospect knows how to use his body to gain leverage against vertical threat receivers. Waynes has natural ball skills and has great instincts, and should be the first CB off the board in this year's draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 25 - 2:05 PM

The Titans and Panthers have private workouts scheduled with Michigan State CB Trae Waynes.

Visits to the Jaguars and Vikings are also on Waynes' schedule. We guess a number of different corners will earn the label of top prospect at the position league wide, and Waynes is likely one. Of the teams mentioned, the Titans and Jaguars would hope Waynes slips to the second-round.
Mar 22 - 10:55 AM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes' pro day, likely secured "his status as a top-15 pick and the top prospect at his position," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The Michigan prospect stood on most of his times from the NFL Scouting Combine, as he posted the fastest 40-yard dash (4.31) among defensive backs. Waynes did improve on his shuttle times, recording a 20-yard shuttle with a 4.19 (4.39 at the Combine) and in 11.24 in the 60-yard shuttle.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 20 - 3:24 PM

NFL Media calls Michigan State CB Trae Waynes the draft's safest corner.

"An ideal press corner in the National Football League," said NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks. "At Michigan State in their system, he is lined up nose to nose on wide receivers, does a great job getting his hands on receivers, redirecting and disrupting their releases and making them work. It is a hard day's work when you deal with Trae Waynes, because he is sound and solid in his coverage." In recent weeks, we've heard the Vikings connected to Waynes. The Saints would also make plenty of sense. "With the fastest combine 40-yard dash among defensive backs (4.31 seconds), Waynes went a long way toward establishing himself as the draft's top cornerback prospect," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "He plays a physical style downfield."
Mar 19 - 7:59 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes' visit with the Vikings has been confirmed.

Waynes previously wrote in his "draft diary" for USA Today he believed a visit was scheduled, and beat writer Chris Tomasson confirmed it. The fit makes a lot of sense, and our own Josh Norris has mocked it in the past. Head coach mike Zimmer has been known to invest money and early picks in cornerbacks, and the team has a need opposite Xavier Rhodes.
Mar 17 - 10:03 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes Michigan State CB Trae Waynes is an ideal fit for the Saints at No. 13.

New Orleans desperately needs a corner to pair with Keenan Lewis. "[Waynes] has good size, excellent top-end speed and adequate ball skills," Weidl wrote. "While he has some tightness -- particularly in off-man coverage -- he is able to mask these issues with quality balance and strong technique. Waynes has the ability to develop into an effective press corner opposite Lewis, which would allow defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to be aggressive in dialing up blitzes in an effort to manufacture pressure on opposing quarterbacks." It's no sure thing that Waynes falls to the Saints. Picking two spots ahead of them, the Vikings (at No. 11) are reportedly interested.
Mar 12 - 5:22 PM

If top-rated receiving prospects Kevin White and Amari Cooper are both off the board by the No. 11 pick, ESPN's Mel Kiper believes the Vikings may side with a "safe pick" such as Michigan State CB Trae Waynes.

"Especially when this draft is again chock full of pass-catching talent," he wrote. "The Vikings are in decent shape up front, but they lack both depth and size at cornerback, which is no fun in a division with Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler on the schedule six times a year. (To be clear: That's a mix of a lot of competent throwing and potential for INTs.) Waynes isn't much of a reach here after a stellar combine and definitely hits a need." Coincidence or not, Waynes recently met with the Vikings. He would look extremely good next to Xavier Rhodes, and would allow Captain Munnerlyn to man the slot and Josh Robinson to man the bench.
Mar 10 - 11:37 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes has visits scheduled with Jacksonville and Minnesota.

Our own Josh Norris recently mocked Waynes to Minnesota in the first-round. The pick makes a lot of sense, as head coach Mike Zimmer has a history of investing money and picks into the position. Also, Xavier Rhodes is very good, but Josh Robinson and Captain Munnerlyn gave up big plays. Waynes would only fit with Jacksonville in a trade down, but that could be a possibility if a team moves up for a quarterback.
Mar 9 - 12:23 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "really helped himself" at the combine, noted ESPN's Todd McShay.

"I thought that Washington's Marcus Peters was a better prospect based on his tape, but his off-field issues and the fact he ran a 4.53 could bump him down a little bit, and Waynes is well-positioned to capitalize," McShay wrote. "One question we'd had about him was his top-end speed, and he definitely put that to rest with a 4.31 40-yard dash. Forty times don't matter a ton at every position, but they definitely matter for cornerbacks." Most of all, we think Waynes' combine showing proved he can excel in any NFL scheme he's placed in. Waynes "cemented himself" as the No. 1 CB in the draft with his 4.35 40-yard dash, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote after the combine, and NFL Media analyst Charles Davis added that Waynes is now a "top 10-15" selection after "showing off his athleticism at the combine."
Mar 3 - 1:00 AM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "could walk in and be a starter," an NFL scout said.

"He's probably the best (corner) of the bunch," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He can press and play off. He can run. He's got length. Very even-keeled. Good teammate. He's not going to talk trash. He does a lot of good things, but he doesn't have rare athletic traits." The 6-foot-1, 182-pound Waynes ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the combine. "Those guys there have really been well-coached," another scout said. "Kind of a weird built kid. He's long, but he's kind of thin. He can be a press guy but not very good playing off. At the right place he'll have a chance to be a player."
Mar 3 - 12:30 AM