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2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Trae Waynes

Trae Waynes Player Profile

April 2, 2015

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Trae Waynes

School: Michigan State Spartans

2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Trae Waynes


Height: 6’0”

Weight: 186

Position: Cornerback

Career Stats: 101 tackles, 1.5 sacks and six interceptions.  

Strengths: Trae Waynes isn’t the bigger corner in the world, but he has long arms and is able to keep receivers inside. Waynes doesn’t mind helping in run support and is a solid tackler. Waynes was a key part to Michigan State’s success, as he spent much of his career playing WRs one-one-one, and he only allowed two touchdowns in his last two seasons. Waynes is comfortable in zone coverage as well and has underrated ball skills, as he’s more of a playmaker as some think. Trae Waynes is also one of the most confident players in this draft class, as he plays with a certain type of swagger and believes he can cover just about anyone on the field.

Weaknesses: Trae Waynes can sometimes be a little too aggressive and doesn’t always trust his skills. Waynes will draw penalties at the next level just like he did at MSU, as he will grab receivers once he feels he has been beaten. I’d also like to see Waynes add some bulk to his slim frame. He was often pushed around by bigger receivers in college and some more bulk will help prevent that at the next level.

Projection: Trae Waynes is arguably the top cornerback in this draft and is somebody who could start right away. Waynes will have to learn to trust his game and his teammates a little more in the next level, but overall he has the skill set to really be a solid shutdown defensive back. Trae Waynes should be drafted within the first 20 picks.

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