INDIANAPOLIS — Trae Waynes is just the latest cornerback with NFL talent to develop at Michigan State.
Darqueze Dennard, his friend and former Spartans teammate, was a first-round pick in the 2014 draft going 24th overall. He was the third cornerback selected.
Waynes has a good chance to be the first cornerback drafted.
“I would have to give all the credit to my coaches and the people before me,’’ Waynes said on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I was fortunate to play under coach (Harlon) Barnett, coach (Pat) Narduzzi and coach (Mark) Dantonio and the guys I had in front of me to show me the ropes, like Darqueze they helped shape me into the player I am today.’’
While Waynes is ranked the top cornerback by many experts including CBSsports.com, he will let his test results determine that.
“I think a lot of it would depend on how I perform, hopefully I can perform at my highest level to move me up in the draft,’’ Waynes said.
When asked how he would defend a big wide receiver like Calvin Johnson, he had a quick reply: “With the bigger receivers my mindset is not to get into arm wrestling with them it’s almost pointless,’’ Waynes said. “I’d have to depend on my footwork and technique to mirror their routes, stand in front of them and try to throw off their timing as best as I can.’’