Michigan State has confirmed that Trae Waynes, their star cornerback, will not play his last college football season. Instead, he would be entering the 2015 NFL draft.
Joe Schad of ESPN recently reported that Waynes will be leaving East Lansing. Some have opined that Waynes may be picked in the first-round NFL draft. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN says that he occupies the 23rd NFL draft rank.
Waynes said that once he got the NFL’s feedback, he discussed certain issues with his family members and coaches and decided to he would like to play for the NFL. He said that he had never before taken notice of pre-draft rankings, adding that he did not even know that he had been “rated as the No. 1 corner” by certain draft analysts. For this reason, he had not made his decision based on these ratings, but had made it because it gives him “an opportunity to pursue my dream to pay pro football.” He said that he had dreamed about it ever since he was a kid, adding that he “didn’t want to miss this chance.”
Waynes’ team won 42 – 41 over Baylor last week, marking a fitting end to his college football career. Mark Dantonio, the coach for Michigan State, said that Waynes is now ready for pro football. Expressing his opinion of Waynes, the coach said that he “is a lock-down corner,” “an excellent press corner,” and “has great deep-ball judgment and the ability to tackle in space.” He said: “Trae has length and great make-up speed.”