The Vikings went wide out in round one – taking Michigan State WR Trae Waynes with their first pick, 11th pick overall.
Here’s a scouting report on Waynes:
Given the passing-driven nature of the NFL, there will always be a big demand for cornerbacks and pass-rushers. With a lot of cornerback-needy teams this offseason and a weak free-agency market, Waynes could go very quickly in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Some analysts prefer Marcus Peters, but the consensus is that Waynes is the best cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Waynes hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin and was a teammate of Melvin Gordon at Bradford High School. After serving as a backup as a freshman at Michigan State, Waynes broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore across from Darqueze Dennard. Waynes was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media that season. He totaled 50 tackles with five deflections and three interceptions for the year. Waynes closed out that season on a high note with good games against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
With Dennard moving on to the NFL, Waynes took over as the boundary corner for the Spartans in 2014. That role was basically playing on an island on the outside in man-to-man coverage. Waynes was exceptional for Michigan State all season. On a weekly basis, he did a good job of covering No. 1 receivers and limiting them. Waynes had a strong game against Oregon in the Week 2. Versus Michigan, he played well against Wolverines receiver Devin Funchess, although an idiotic official flagged Waynes falsely on one contested pass. He snagged two interceptions against Nebraska with good coverage.
At the Combine, Waynes surprised many with a fast 40 time of 4.31 seconds. He also looked good turning and running with fluid hips in the field drills.
Waynes looks like a No. 1 cornerback who is capable of going head-to-head with primary NFL receivers. He is a tall, long corner who can cover big receivers. His height and length let him prevent wideouts from making catches over him. Waynes also is fast enough and athletic enough to run with them in and out of their breaks to prevent separation. He even has the speed to run with speed receivers, so he is capable of covering any kind of No. 1 wideout.
Waynes is used to lining up on the outside, so if his team wants to use him in the slot, he could need some time to get used to that. It also wouldn’t hurt Waynes to add some weight for the NFL to fight with strong receivers.
In the ground game, Waynes is a quality tackler and a willing contributor. He is physical with receivers and running backs with a gritty mentality.