Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) is chased down by Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Trae Waynes #15, CB – Michigan State
In 2013, his first year in the starting lineup, Waynes earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media after finishing third on the team in interceptions (three) and pass break-ups (five), and seventh in tackles (50). Waynes is considered by many to be one of the best cornerbacks in the nation and his play on film backs it up. At 6-2, 182 lbs., Waynes utilizes a combination of length and instincts to break on the ball and create the turnover or tip the pass without creating a penalty.
Though he needs to continue to get stronger so he can press bigger receivers at the next level, Waynes is still a physical, willing tackler in run support – a trait still too rare among cornerbacks and one that makes him a complete player. Despite his strength deficiency, Waynes length, fluidity and ball skills will ensure him getting picked on the first day.