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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

NFLDraftScout.com'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 head coach Mark Dantonio said a scout told him that Michigan State WR Tony Lippett has "hawk awareness."

"He can pick the ball up at the blink of an eye and determine where it's going and pick it," Dantonio said. "I really think today opened a lot of people's eyes." An interesting prospect, Lippett "is a solid second-tier receiver prospect but some clubs see him projecting even better at cornerback, where he played occasionally for the Spartans," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. Lippett "enjoyed a strong performance during positional drills [at MSU's pro day], showing off impressive fluidity for his 6-foot-2 (and 5/8"), 191 frame and also catching the ball well," Brugler wrote. An NFC East scout said Dantonio played Lippett at cornerback near the end of the season "because he thinks he is legit at the position and as good as Chris Gamble."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 21 - 10:10 PM

Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford impressed evaluators with his work in drills at the school's pro day earlier this week.

Because of his 4.42 second forty in Indy, Langford didn't have much to prove, but he impressed nonetheless. "Langford ... showed impressive burst out of his cuts and caught the ball so well that scouts who attended the workout hoping to watch other players couldn't help but notice the 5-foot-11, 209 pound back," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis warned recently that Langford "shouldn't be overlooked." Davis' colleague Daniel Jeremiah believes Langford "does everything well."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 21 - 9:26 PM

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

Michigan State DE Marcus Rush "turned in an eye-popping workout" at the school's pro day, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

At 249 pounds, he clocked a 4.68 in the 40 with a cool 1.59 10-yard split. Rush added 24 reps on the bench, a 34 inch vertical jump, a 9-9 broad jump, and a 3-cone time of 6.73. "Rush, who lined up at defensive end for Michigan State, looked good in linebackers drills afterward," Pauline wrote. "Rarely mentioned with all the star talent around him, Rush is a potential late-round pick and projects as a designated pass-rusher/special teams player at the next level. "
Mar 20 - 12:49 AM

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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 7:59 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that Michigan State senior ILB Taiwan Jones ran "a mid to low 4.7's forty" at his pro-day.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Jones ran a unimpressive 4.95 forty at the combine back in February, and could have just helped his draft stock with his pro-day performance. The Michigan State prospect has the ideal size, toughness, and make up for the position, but gets knocked for his ability to hold his own in pass coverage. In January, Pauline gave the interior run defender a preseason Round 3 grade.
Mar 18 - 3:16 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis warns readers that Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford "shouldn't be overlooked."

"He rushed for more than 100 yards in 15 consecutive Big Ten games to close his college career, which is an FBS record since 1996, when STATS started tracking those marks," Davis wrote. NFL Media has taken a bit of a shining to the Spartans prospect. Davis' colleague Daniel Jeremiah recently wrote that Langford "does everything well."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 11:03 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


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