At 6’1″ and 186 lbs, Trae Waynes has the prototypical size to be a top CB in the NFL – and his numbers at the combine reinforce the theory.
Michigan State CB Trae Waynes wrapped up the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine by putting up the best numbers among CBs and solidifying his status as the No. 1 CB prospect in the 2015 NFL draft.
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The highly-touted Michigan State Spartan, who finished his three year career at school with over 100 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 6 INTs, recorded a 4.31 40-yard dash time, the highest mark of the day and one of the highest in the entire Scouting Combine.
Waynes incredible speed match some impressive strength as well. His 19 reps of the 250 lb. bench press was among the highest of any DB who did the drill on Monday. He also recorded a decent 38″ vertical jump, tied for 8th among players tested on Day 4 of the Combine.
NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press that Waynes’ size – 6’1″, 186 lbs. – makes him ideal for covering the bigger WRs that have begun dominating the NFL with their size instead of speed.
“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.”
NFL.com gave Waynes a pro comparison to Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie. High-praise considering that Cromartie has been to three straight Pro Bowls despite losing his elite speed in recent years.
Waynes was named First-Team All-Big Ten in 2014 and helped lead the Spartans to an upset win over the #5 Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic.