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Michigan State edge rusher Marcus Rush "will be drafted earlier than originally predicted," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Setting aside the fact his pro-day results were much better than scouts expected, Rush has blown teams away during the interview process," Pauline wrote. "His willingness and ability to be a situational defender in a variety of schemes could push Rush into the fifth round." At the aforementioned pro day, Rush clocked a 4.68 in the 40 with a cool 1.59 10-yard split, adding 24 reps on the bench, a 34 inch vertical jump, a 9-9 broad jump, and a 3-cone time of 6.73.
Apr 24 - 7:42 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Michigan State ILB Taiwan Jones is "one of the more underrated linebackers in this draft."

"While I was disappointed in his forty time at the combine it seems a number of teams concur on Jones being a gem at the linebacker position," Pauline wrote. "Teams feel Jones is a smart, heady linebacker who makes up for his lack of foot speed with great instincts." The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Jones ran an unimpressive 4.95 forty at the combine. "The outside linebacker spot he played as a junior for Michigan State was a complex read and diagnose position and Jones rarely had mental lapses," Pauline wrote. "Michigan State coaches have been raving about Jones to anyone who asks and there are a bevy of 3-4 teams who grade Jones as a third round pick."
Apr 24 - 7:11 PM

An NFL scout said Michigan State CB Trae Waynes' 10-foot-2 broad jump "was the most amazing thing I've ever seen."

"He's almost as high in the air as he jumped," the scout said. "He looks like he's flying. He's big, got pretty good feet and can run. He's quick, and a good kid." Waynes had six interceptions and 13 passes defensed in college. "A little bit slight for the position," another scout said. "He reminds me of Tracy Porter the way he plays. Man, he's got good speed, some length and he can cover." Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo recently criticized Waynes' change-of-direction skills.
Apr 23 - 8:16 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "would provide some youth to a proud defense starting to show its age," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The 6-0, 186-pound Waynes has the length, physicality and agility necessary for competing in the rough and tumble NFC West and would provide some youth to a proud defense starting to show its age," Rang wrote. The 49ers lost two starting cornerbacks, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox to free agency, and signed veteran CB Shareece Wright in the off season. With Tramaine Brock coming back from injury, the Michigan prospect could challenge to start right away. Waynes should be off the board in the top half of the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23 - 4:04 PM

Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo says Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "struggles with change of direction."

College Football Focus charting agrees with the opinion. Palazzolo pointed out that Waynes' 40-yard time was faster than his 20-yard shuttle. "It was interesting to see the numbers back up what we saw on tape," he said. Waynes surrendered 14.9 yards per completion last year, per CFF charting, and posted three interceptions and three passes defensed, not stellar showings. "His coverage grade was average," wrote Mike Sando.
Apr 22 - 6:42 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes has a visit lined up with the St. Louis Rams for Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

While the Rams have Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson holding down the fort at the CB position, they're both scheduled to become free agents after the season. If the Rams are willing to let one of them walk next season, the 6-foot, 186 pound Waynes has the ideal frame, athleticism, and physicality that defensive coordinator Greg Williams would be happy with. Waynes has a great shot to be a top-15 pick in this year's draft.
Apr 20 - 3:38 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney advises: "Draft [Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford] in the third round and let him be hellacious on special teams while he buys time to prove once again that he is underrated as a running back."

"Langford runs with a combination of patience and moves reminiscent of Warrick Dunn, but has a surprisingly fast shift of gears that leaves defenders on a wrong tangent," Cooney wrote. "As a pass catcher, well, MSU actually penciled him in as a receiver before he made his case as a running back. He has a long ways to go to be trusted as a pass blocker." The 6-foot, 206-pounder collected 1,522 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 230 carries last season. "My technique, pass blocking, and being able to run through contact better, which always comes with more experience," said Langford when asked what he needs to work on.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 6:06 PM

The Bengals will host Michigan State edge rusher Marcus Rush for a visit, according to Tony Pauline.

Marcus Rush put together an outstanding workout, and we would say he is one of the top edge rushers on the third day with Frank Clark, Deiontrez Mount and Shaq Riddick. The Bengals have talent at the edge positions, but are still waiting for Margus Hunt and Will Clarke to make consistent impacts.
Apr 10 - 9:12 AM

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.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 7:18 PM

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

Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder reports that Michigan State WR/CB Tony Lippett spoke with defensive coordinators and defensive backs coaches from the Bills, Bears, Saints, Eagles and Ravens.

The Michigan State prospect played in three games for the Spartans at the CB position, and opposing quarterbacks only targeted him eight times. Lippett defended three passes and only gave up 13 passing yards under his watch. The 6-foot-2, 191-pound Lippett has the ideal frame and fluidity for the position at the next level.
Mar 30 - 2:37 PM

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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 4:25 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein postulates that Michigan State S Kurtis Drummond is "not physical enough to play around the line of scrimmage, so his draft position will ultimately rest on how teams weigh his ball skills against his instincts."

Drummond compares to Aaron Williams, Zierlein believes. "Drummond is a bag of mismatched parts," Zierlein wrote. "He has the ball skills and closing burst of a starting NFL free safety, but his instincts and tackling could scare teams away from viewing him as a single-high center fielder." Drummond is coming off one heck of a college career. Last season, he was named Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, a Third-team AP All-American and a First-team All-Big Ten.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 11:41 PM


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