Miami Dolphins NFL Draft Prospect: CB Trae Waynes


After CB Cortland Finnegan went down last season, the Miami Dolphins’ secondary and defense as a whole just wasn’t the same. Despite having one of the league’s best corners in Brent Grimes, what the ‘Fins truly lacked was depth at the position.  Sure, Finnegan was doing just fine until he got hurt, but the problem was neither Will Davis nor Jamar Taylor did a good enough job filling in for Finnegan, and it showed on the field.  It is precisely this reason why the Miami Dolphins may want to consider the draft’s best corner prospect with their 14th overall pick.  That man is Trae Waynes out of Michigan State.

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  • One thing that makes Waynes one of the best corners in the draft is his size.  He has great length at 6 foot 1, 183 pounds, and has even better speed and quickness.  He can contort and rotate his body in mid-air, and has great hands for a defensive back.  He could provide the Dolphins with a game changing pick or pass break up late in the game (something that almost never happened in all those close losses last year).

    In his two seasons as a starting Spartan, Waynes totaled 6 interceptions, 83 total tackles (1.5 for loss) and 1 sack.  He excels in press coverage, and is great in zone schemes.  The one concern regarding Waynes is how lanky and skinny he is, but that can be fixed in the off season by hitting the weight room.

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    Honestly, I can see the Dolphins drafting Waynes at 14, because frankly the pool of defensive backs in this draft is not great.  Waynes would have a great chance of starting as a rookie opposite of Grimes, and could work towards giving Miami their first pair of bookend corners since the Sam Madison, Patrick Surtain days.

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