The NFL Draft begins this week, with teams making their first selections of the three-day process on Thursday night. We are taking a look at some of the players who could be on the Miami Dolphins' radar as the Draft gets closer.
Trae Waynes, Cornerback, Michigan State
Weight: 185 pounds
Arm Length: 31"
40-yd Dash: 4.31 sec
Bench: 19 reps
Broad Jump: 122"
Strengths: Great speed and size - top 40-yard dash time among cornerbacks. Plays man-to-man effortlessly and has spent his college career matching up against the opposing top receiver. Uses his size to pin receivers against the sideline.
Weaknesses: Needs to bulk up some, especially to press larger receivers in the NFL. Uses his hands too much downfield and will have to transition to the NFL's pass interference rules or will continue to be flagged. Does not help in run support. May struggle in zone coverage after playing so much man-to-man.
Overall: Waynes appears to be the top cornerback in the Draft, but there are times when, watching his film, he does get beat. It could be a matter of a young cornerback being placed on an island routinely, but it could also be Combine results overvaluing a prospect. If the Dolphins were to pick Waynes, it would likely be a really good pick, and I do not really expect him to be available at 14, but there is at least enough of a question mark that he could still be on the board.