The 2015 NFL Draft is about a week away and players are eager to find out where they will be playing next year. One such player is Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes.
Waynes is considered the top cornerback in the draft and is projected to go in the first round. His excellent speed was showcased during the combine where he posted the fastest 40-yard dash in the combine by a CB, 4.31. In fact scouts called Waynes’ combine the best they saw.
"I didn't think anyone had a better combine than (Waynes),” an NFC director of personnel said. “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."
Different scouts have him projected to go to a few different teams in the first round. Some experts have him going as high as 11th to the Minnesota Vikings, some to the Miami Dolphins at 14 and also to the Kansas City Chiefs at 18.
Scouts like Waynes for his speed and ability to defend the deep ball. One of the most impressive stats about him is that he allowed only two touchdown in his last two years as a Spartan. He also receives praise for being able to stop the run.
His downside has been pointed out by scouts as the inability to tackle and also being too handsy with the receivers, which may be called much more in the NFL than it did in on Saturdays at the collegiate level.
Despite his weaknesses, it looks like Waynes will go in the first round, and there are good reasons for it. His speed and agility will play a big part in his success in the NFL. He is receiving comparisons to Antonio Cromartie, who is a four-time pro-bowler.
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