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Draft Prospect Profile: Michigan State CB Trae Waynes



Probably the most complete cornerback in this year's class, Waynes plays bigger than his size. Even though he has a lean, 186-pound build, he will attack at the snap, and does a good job using his natural aggression in press coverage to disrupt the initial timing of a route.

Waynes can afford to attack at the snap because if a receiver gets past him, he can catch up because of his 4.31 speed, the best among cornerbacks at the Combine this year.

He's also one of the best tackling cornerbacks available, in part because he has excellent vision and doesn't lock in on his assigned receiver. Waynes has an almost-preternatural anticipation of when the football will arrive; it's clear from his play that he studies quarterbacks, their timing and the velocity at which they throw to the outside, because he does well at adapting and reacting to the football.


Waynes does not have the physical tools of Marcus Peters or Jalen Collins as far as size and reach go. But he is the fastest in the open field, evidenced by his blazing 40 time at the Combine.

He doesn't have the baggage of Peters or the lack of experience of Collins, which places him at the top of the cornerback crop this year.


Weight:186 pounds
Arm:31 inches (T-15th among 32 Combine CBs)
Hand:8 1/4 inches (31st among 32 Combine CBs)
40-yard dash:4.31 seconds (1st among 29 Combine CBs tested)
Bench press:19 repetitions (T-4th among 22 Combine CBs tested)
Vertical jump:38 inches (6th among 29 Combine CBs tested)
Broad jump:10 feet, 2 inches (T-16th among 30 Combine CBs tested)
Three-cone drill:7.06 seconds (19th among 26 Combine CBs tested)
Short shuttle:4.39 seconds (25th among 27 Combine CBs tested)

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