School: Michigan St
Weight: 186 lbs
Height: 6′ 0″
40 yard dash: 4.31
Vertical jump: 38″
Broad jump: 10′ 1″
Bench press (225): 19 reps
20 yd shuffle: 4.39
Trae Waynes is in my opinion is the best cornerback in the draft, last year I watched a lot of film on his highly touted teammate Darqueze Dennard and Waynes is better. As one NFL exec said “He’s the top corner and I don’t think it’s close” I think this rings true.
Waynes is best suited for man press coverage with quick hips and the speed to blanket down the field, which of course Michigan St used him primarily doing just that. Waynes also has a knack for knowing how to read the receiver and turning to the ball just before it arrives.
Waynes also is not afraid to mix it up in run support as he has no problem throwing his body in there when need be, the problem is his skinny frame sometimes makes it hard for him to shed blocks.
One of the knocks on Wayne besides having a hard time shedding blocks is his tendency to get called for holding. On the NFL level savvy vets know how to hold and get away with it, Waynes has a lot to learn on how much he can get away with but that’s just nit picking because he doesn’t have many holes in his game.
The Cornerback position probably isn’t high on the “need” list for the Saints heading into this draft with the free agent signing of Brandon Browner and in all likelihood Waynes would be there when the 13th pick rolls around but I just can’t see them pulling the trigger on him with so many other areas that need to be addressed. But one thing this off-season has taught me, don’t be surprised at anything that the Saints brass does.