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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

An NFL scout warns that Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford is "not Le'Veon Bell."

"He's a step below," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But he can run, catch and do everything well. I'd take him over (Indiana's) Tevin Coleman because he makes NFL runs. He has to pick and show vision and contact balance. When you spread out all over the damn field and they pitch you the ball and you pick a running lane (as Coleman did), that's a little different (easier)." It must be pick on Langford month in the scouting community. Three weeks ago, an NFC East scout told NFL.com that Langford isn't an NFL starter. The 6-foot, 206-pounder collected 1,522 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 230 carries last season.
Mar 1 - 11:42 PM

An NFC director of personnel said "I didn't think anyone had a better combine than (Michigan State CB Trae Waynes)."

"(Kevin) White and (Byron) Jones had explosive workouts, but 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," the director said. Sounds about right. 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." Waynes was a press-man corner with good recovery speed with the Spartans, but the movement skills he displayed at the combine showed that Waynes could excel in a variety of NFL schemes.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 7:21 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Michigan State CB Trae Waynes is now a "top 10-15" selection after "showing off his athleticism at the combine."

"After putting up 19 reps on the bench and running a 4.31 in the 40, Waynes has put himself in top 10-15 territory. He's a physical player who can tackle, and he played man coverage the vast majority of the time at MSU. He really elevated his stock by showing off his athleticism at the combine," Davis wrote. Fellow NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah kicks things up a notch, with Waynes going to the Jets at No.6 in his latest mock draft. The Michigan State prospect has a solid chance to be the first cornerback to hear his name called in April.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 2:42 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes has "cemented himself" as the No. 1 CB in the draft, with his 4.35 40-yard dash, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Prior to wowing evaluators with his forty time, the Michigan State prospect was already one of the most impressive cornerbacks on tape this season. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound Waynes, has the ability win with his length at the next level. Waynes isn't afraid to play on an island and excels in bump-and-run coverage. The Spartan CB only gave up two touchdowns over last two seasons.
Feb 23 - 3:11 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said: "Long corners are in."

Indeed they are. Michigan State's Trae Waynes drew praise on Saturday's combine television broadcast. Mayock also mentioned Washington's Marcus Peters, FSU's P.J. Williams and LSU's Jalen Collins as long corners to monitor early in the draft. NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah prefers Waynes to any corner in the 2014 class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 1:55 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco reports that a few NFL GMs believe Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook would have been a potential top-10 pick had he opted into the draft.

"I don't even know if I like the top two guys," one general manager said. "They can both be picked apart." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook elected to return to school to work on his game. Prisco questions the decision. We don't. Cook likely would have been the No. 3 QB picked over Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty, but probably would have been a late Round 1 or Round 2 selection, as opposed to a top 10 pick. A great 2015 season will likely push him into the top five.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 9:15 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "has been running in the 4.3’s during training and could complete more than 20 reps on the bench press."

The scribe passes along that only two cornerbacks completed 20 or more reps last year: Jaylen Watkins (22) and Keith Reaser (22). "Waynes looks like a physical beast on the field and he’ll have a chance to prove as much come Sunday," Pauline wrote. 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.
Feb 17 - 9:06 PM

ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl wrote that Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "may not have as a high of a ceiling as some of the other names [in the class], but he is one of the more NFL-ready cornerbacks in this class."

"Waynes is a physical press cornerback who has above-average size and plays with good overall balance," Weidl wrote. "He shows quick recognition skills and has strong ball skills, with the size and strength to hold up in contested situations. While Waynes appears to have better movement skills and is slightly faster than his former teammate and 2014 Cincinnati first-round pick Darqueze Dennard (24th overall), Waynes has some tightness in his lower half, which brings up concerns about his ability to hold up in off-man coverage." NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Waynes is better than Dennard, and NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah prefers Waynes to any corner in the 2014 class. "Waynes is advanced in terms of technique, which in turn allows him to mask some of his limitations," Weidl concluded.
Feb 15 - 2:20 PM

An NFC East scout said Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford isn't an NFL starter.

"I don't see him as a starter," the scout said. "I think he can be a backup or compete as a third-down back, but he doesn't run tough enough to be able to project him as a starter in really any scheme." We're surprised to hear someone imply Langford is a tentative runner, as that isn't what we've observed. Langford currently projects as a mid-round pick, though this year's stacked RB class could push him to Day 3. The 6-foot, 206-pounder collected 1,522 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 230 carries this season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 12:34 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah wonders which CBs will elevated into the top two rounds due to position demand.

"Not a great year for CBs," Jeremiah began. "Quality is lacking but demand is sky high." The draft analyst and former scout ranks Trae Waynes as the No. 12 overall prospect, but no other corner until P.J. Williams at No. 30 and Marcus Peters at No. 31.
Feb 10 - 12:25 PM

Michigan State senior C Jack Allen "will be one of the best centers in the nation next season," observes College Football 24/7.

The 6-foot-2, 299-pounder will be a fourth-year starter in 2015. He has half a season starting experience at guard in addition to his ample experience as a center. "Allen is a mauler known for his physical and aggressive nature," Mike Huguenin wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 3:23 PM

Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond "is extremely active with heady anticipation to close quickly near the line of scrimmage and as a deep cover man," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Cornerback Trae Waynes, who might be the first corner drafted in April, gets most of the attention in the Spartans’ secondary. But Drummond is the defensive back getting defenders lined up and covering every inch of the field. He is extremely active with heady anticipation to close quickly near the line of scrimmage and as a deep cover man," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drummond, was a three-year starter and the Spartans' co-captain was also one of the leading tacklers for the team this season. Brugler observes that when the play is in front of Drummond, "he can diagnose and attack, but when the ball gets behind him and he’s forced to turn his back to the line of scrimmage, Drummond struggles to get his head turned and locate the ball."
Jan 30 - 4:04 PM

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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