On the defensive side of the ball, the New Orleans Saints were absolutely pathetic in 2014. They couldn’t tackle or cover all season long– it was mice to men at times and incredibly tough to watch.
With the scouting combine just a few weeks away and the 2015 NFL Draft kicking off at the end of April, the Black and Gold have plenty to think about in regards to getting the team back on teack — pass rushers, defensive backs and offensive lineman are all a priority.
This rookie class is full of intriguing talent, and while the cornerback position will likely be renovated via the free agent market, Michigan State CB Trae Waynes would be a superb addition to Sean Payton and Rob Ryan‘s secondary.
At 6-foot-1, 183 pounds and as the top-rated prospect at his position, Waynes boasts outstanding size and length. He plays with confidence, which is something many young talents have a problem with when trying to mature. The junior tallied 43 total tackles, three interceptions, eight passes defended and one sack for the Spartans in 2014.
He has island capabilities at the cornerback position, is tough, physical and usually stays alert. Waynes is a bit rawboned, lacking muscle definition, which sometimes results in the bullying by wide receivers. He must get in the weight room and get stronger to add bulk to his thin frame.
Waynes can be a bit too aggressive, resulting in penalties, but that is something that can be tamed on the practice field. His class, attitude and determination make him a Sean Payton-type guy and will be welcomed by many teams at the next level. Trae Waynes is an appealing athlete that could groom behind CB Keenan Lewis and become a starter in the near future for the New Orleans Saints.
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