January 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) celebrates after he intercepts a pass against the Stanford Cardinal during the second half at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
3. Trae Waynes, CB (MSU)
The third target that should be available at #9 is cornerback Trae Waynes from Michigan State. Waynes is a tall corner with excellent speed that excels in press coverage. He plays very physical on the outside and is not afraid to come up and make tackles in run support. Though the Giants don’t necessarily have a need at cornerback, you can never have too many pass defenders on the outside in today’s pass heavy NFL. Another corner could aid a secondary that is lacking a proven safety over the top and could open the door to possibly convert one of the other corners, such as Trumaine McBride, to the safety position.
Waynes allowed a grand total of 2 touchdown passes in the past 2 season with the Spartans. That kind of cover ability will help any team. The addition of a corner of Waynes’s caliber will have a ripple affect on a defense that should reflect in the pass rush and sacks. If Waynes were to join Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride the defense would find itself with one of, if not, the top cornerback unit in the NFL. Opposing quarterbacks will be forced to hold on to the ball longer while receivers try to get open and the defensive line will have more time to get to the quarterbacks. Waynes presence on the field with the other starting corners will have an impact on the defense that goes beyond the secondary
The best bet for Big Blue is to bolster the offensive line with Brandon Scherff, if they can’t though, they will still have a couple of viable options that can go a long way in getting Tom Coughlin’s squad back to February.
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