Trae Waynes solidifies status as draft’s top cornerback

AP

Michigan State’s Trae Waynes appears to be the top cornerback in this year’s draft after following up a very good college career with a big showing at the Combine today.

Waynes ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds, which makes him the fastest cornerback at this year’s Combine. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock already had Waynes as the top cornerback on his draft board, and said that at the Combine today, Waynes “showed more athletic ability than a lot of people thought he had.”

The 6-foot, 186-pound Waynes has the kind of build NFL teams are looking for in a cornerback, and Mayock said Waynes is looking like a high pick.

“I think, right now, long corners are in, and it makes sense when you’re drafting Kelvin Benjamin and you’re drafting Mike Evans and all those big wideouts who are making immediate impacts,” Mayock said. “You’re looking for longer corners; Trae Waynes is a longer corner. He comes out of a program that I have a lot of respect for on the defensive side of the football. You know what you’re getting. I felt the same way about [former Michigan State cornerback Darqueze] Dennard last year, except this kid’s longer. So I think you know what you’re getting.”

Things can change in two months, but all indications right now are that Waynes will be the first cornerback drafted.

42 responses to “Trae Waynes solidifies status as draft’s top cornerback

  1. Pair this guy with PP. H/B, and D-Duc, then your cooking with some serous gas. With Calias, Dockett, and Big Dan on the line and D-wash back spying and roaming the middle, along with Okafor and Acho. Thats a GOOOOOOOOOD D Thank you S/K, and MBJ..

  2. Think about it.

    Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes shutting down both sides of the field.

    While Harrison Smith is lighting people up in the back.

    The Minnesota Vikings Defense would be unstoppable.

    We already were the #7 pass ranked defense…

    This would make us #1.

  3. azcardssuckbutiluvem says:
    Feb 23, 2015 12:58 PM
    Pair this guy with PP. H/B, and D-Duc, then your cooking with some serous gas. With Calias, Dockett, and Big Dan on the line and D-wash back spying and roaming the middle, along with Okafor and Acho. Thats a GOOOOOOOOOD D Thank you S/K, and MBJ..

    =Is that the same PP that allowed more TD’s than any defender in the NFL last year?

  4. thepftpoet says:
    Feb 23, 2015 12:59 PM

    Think about it.

    Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes shutting down both sides of the field.

    While Harrison Smith is lighting people up in the back.

    The Minnesota Vikings Defense would be unstoppable.

    We already were the #7 pass ranked defense…

    This would make us #1.
    ———————-
    Only problem with your conclusion is that whoever plays qb in that terrible offense can’t complete a pass with his back on the ground.

  5. Six feet and 186 is what teams are looking for? Sounds like all these big receivers will beat him like a drum in that league. One thing for him is that he was coached very, very well at Michigan State though.

  6. since when did taller become longer? Taller was a fine word, what did it do to get replaced by longer?
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    I agree, this has been bugging me too. Nearest I can tell, they are trying to do a more precise job of factoring arm length into the equation as opposed to just height. So a CB who is 6’2 but has only average or shorter arms, is tall, but not necessarily “long”… compared to the 6-footer with long arms for his height.

    To me it’s something similar to the 3-technique, 5-techique, one-gap, two gap jargon scouts use for D-Linemen. It all means something to them, but for 80% of the average fans, DT, DE, and NT would suffice just fine.

  7. just when Melvin Gordon was starting to think that he was the fastest dude with dreads from Kenosha at this Combine..

  8. Yeah that PP, the one you WISHED played for your team, that I promise, He might not be the BEST or even top ten, BUT his talent level is top tier, that part of his games is right on the $$, Add a player like that to OUR D. then its special. check the film when this D is healthy, one of the best, that is why our D.C is getting hired as a head coach. BECAUSE THERE GOOD…

  9. He’s tiny. Gonna be awful tough to play with those big boys on the outside when you weigh 186lb. I’m assuming he weights more like 175lb and the rest of the weight comes from his dreads.

  10. 40 times are overrated indeed. I mean, unless the guy runs a 4.9 as a DB, then you should worry. But i still believe in building from the trenches up. As a steeler fan, i know first hand about god awfull corners. But it doesnt help when you get no sacks or qb hurrys.

  11. This can’t be true. The B1G is a slow and prodding conference if you listen to the talking heads and SEC homers. Fastest CB and RB in the draft are both from MSU/ B1G. Hell is clearly freezing over…

  12. This can’t be true. The B1G is a slow and plodding conference if you listen to the talking heads and SEC homers. Fastest CB and RB in the draft are both from MSU/ B1G. Hell is clearly freezing over…

  13. since when did taller become longer? Taller was a fine word, what did it do to get replaced by longer?
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    “Longer” is the new pet euphemism for “skinny.”

    So for example, Randy Gregory was “long” at the combine at 6’6 235… and even “longer” at 220 in his college days.

  14. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Feb 23, 2015 1:15 PM

    Hey Atlanta… You reading this? Just checking…

    ———————–

    I agree we are low on CB depth, but we already have a good corner in Trufant. Have you seen our LBs and DEs?

  15. beedubyatoo says: Feb 23, 2015 1:13 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Feb 23, 2015 12:59 PM

    Think about it.

    Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes shutting down both sides of the field.

    While Harrison Smith is lighting people up in the back.

    The Minnesota Vikings Defense would be unstoppable.

    We already were the #7 pass ranked defense…

    This would make us #1.
    ———————-
    Only problem with your conclusion is that whoever plays qb in that terrible offense can’t complete a pass with his back on the ground.
    ___________________________________
    You mean the QB who completed 74% of his passes over the last five games of 2014? I agree his O-line needs help, but Teddy did just fine last year. He was the 2nd best QB by rating over the last five weeks. You wouldn’t need to score too many points if your defense is ranked #1…

  16. Antoine Winfield was a small guy but sure can tackle. Don’t knock on it until you try. He’s going to be a Vikings who will pick off one leg Rodgers and leap into the end zone and makes Lazzzy’s McDonald legs fly up in the air.

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