With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Trae Waynes
Weight: 182 Pounds
College: Michigan State University
Class: Redshirt Junior
2015 Stats: 43 Tackles, 2 TFL, 7 Pass Breakups, 1 Sack, 3 Interceptions
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Trae Waynes pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Waynes.
Pros: Waynes is an impressive athlete with great technique and will thrive in a man coverage scheme. He is a very hard worker and is a great locker room presence. He has great length and uses that along with his leverage to keep outside receivers locked up in press coverage. He is excellent in run support despite his lack of size. He does a great job locating the ball once it is thrown and has a knack for breaking up passes. He can be trusted to play man coverage on an island without having to have safety help.
Cons: He needs to add strength to become more consistent in press coverage. He has a history of leg injuries. He does not have much experience playing in zone coverage and therefore is not very scheme diverse.
Our Take: Trae Waynes is easily the best man cover corner in this draft class and at worst projects as a phenomenal number two boundary corner. He has the technique and athleticism to be able to go up against the best receivers in the NFL with little trouble. Based off his work ethic and progression the past few years, I believe he is capable of adding the functional strength needed to reach his full potential and be a lock down corner for a team who plays mostly man coverage.
Final Grade: 93 Out of 100
Waynes is a very safe pick due to his work ethic and technique. If he can add some strength and weight to his frame, he will become a guy who can be trusted to lock down any receiver in the NFL. He grades out highly due to his low bust potential along with his high upside and his ability to come in and play as a boundary corner day one.
Possible Draft Spots: Depending on how the draft shakes out, I could see Waynes going anywhere from the Falcons at pick eight down to as low as the Lions at pick 23. Other teams in that range that need a corner are the Saints at 13, the 49ers at 15, the Eagles at 20, and the Steelers at 22.
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