Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes could cover one of the New England Patriots’ needs in the 2015 NFL draft. But for now, the 6-foot, 186-pound Spartan has spent some time with the organization leading up to it.
Waynes told Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press that he participated in a group workout with New England, and also shared that he’s had a private workout with the Carolina Panthers thus far.
“Carolina went over their defense and we watched film, and the Patriots, we watched film, and they worked us out pretty good, just to see how we moved,” Waynes said. “Every team was different and expecting different things.”
A projected first-round pick on April 30, Waynes is expected to have his share of suitors early on. And in addition to his encounters with New England and Carolina, he confirmed he has individual workouts scheduled with the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars over the next month.
The corner started 27 of the 36 games he played in over three seasons at Michigan State, totaling 101 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six interceptions and 13 pass deflections.
Waynes was named first-team All-Big 10 and a Thorpe Award semifinalist in 2014, before attending the NFL Scouting Combine this February, where he notched a 4.31 40-yard dash, a 7.06 three-cone, a 4.39 short-shuttle, a 38-inch vertical, a 122-inch broad jump and 19 bench reps of 225 pounds.