Could Trae Waynes Be The Houston Texans Pick On Draft Day?


Draft day is getting close, and the excitement of who the Houston Texans may be able to snag is at an all-time high. One name I was excited about coming into the draft being held April 30th-May 2nd is cornerback Trae Waynes out of Michigan State. All season long he was a player I watched and for some time I believed he would be there for Houston to take in the first round, allowing higher priced veterans to move on to another team.

With current cornerbacks Jonathan Joseph hitting thirty years of age and Kareem Jackson hitting free agency, the defensive backfield for the Houston Texans will be an area of focus in the upcoming draft. Even though Waynes appears to be the top cornerback on most boards, he was a popular selection by some mock drafts posted recently on the Houston Texans website.

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Waynes is listed at 6’1″ and 182 pounds, so his size is ideal to match up against some of the tallest receivers in the game. Landing a player of his caliber would go a long way to solidifying the back end of the Texans defense for years.

The only question seems to be, would he really be there at number 16 for the taking? Back in January Mel Kiper, Jr. of ESPN had Waynes as the selection for Houston. He now has the team taking offensive tackle Ereck Flowers of Miami. The reason for the change is because Kiper now has Waynes going at number 14 to the Miami Dolphins.

Our very own Toro Times first official mock draft  had Waynes going at number 13 to the New Orleans Saints. In this same mock we see the Texans taking perhaps the best safety in the nation, Landon Collins out of Alabama.

Waynes recently made it even harder to envision him with a Texans helmet on Sundays. After an impressive showing in the combine he has now flown up mock draft boards in all the experts eyes.’s Daniel Jeremiah now has Waynes in the same spot as Mike Mayock of NFL Network, who already had Waynes going number six overall to the New York Jets even before his impressive work out.

According to one anonymous NFC director of personnel seems to believe that Waynes actually outperformed everyone in the recent scouting combine.

"“I didn’t think anyone had a better combine than (Trae Waynes). He was faster than I thought and looked great in the drills. He’s the top corner and I don’t think it’s close.” — NFC director of personnel"

While the idea of a potential top flight corner like Waynes is fun to think about, the reality is he most likely will not be there for the Texans to grab in the middle of the first round.

If the safety from ‘Bama is around and happens to be the selection for Houston, the 6’0″ 228 pound safety would be a welcome addition to a defensive backfield that can really use some playmakers.

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