NFL Draft 2015

The Minnesota Vikings Select Trae Waynes at 11th Overall

Potential Vikings targets like Brandon Scherff, Kevin White, Vic Beasley and todd Gurley were off the board when Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings were first “on the clock” Thursday evening. The top ten featured a grand total of zero trades, which was largely unexpected.

With everyone desiring to trade back, and evidently little desire to move up, Rick Spielman’s “For Sale” sign turned out to be a wasted effort in terms of gaining additional picks.

Instead, the Vikings were looking at options such as Trae Waynes, Bud Dupree, Andrus Peat, Marcus Peters, and Danny Shelton as potential options.

In the end, cornerback Trae Wayne out of Michigan State was the guy selected, as expected for weeks and weeks.

As I spoke about on the Purple For The Win! Podcast with Andy Carlson, just moments before the pick was announced, I am personally a huge fan of Waynes and everything he has to offer Mike Zimmer’s defense. Waynes has come under fire for of late, after eventually becoming a media favorite for the Vikings to select, from the online draftnik community.

Me? I love the kid and love this pick. More importantly, however, what do you think?

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  1. Vikings selected Michigan State CB Trae Waynes with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
    Defensive-minded coach Mike Zimmer has his bookend for Xavier Rhodes. Waynes (6’0/186) made 27 starts as a Spartan, amassing 13 pass breakups, six interceptions and four tackles for loss.

    ((( He allowed just one touchdown pass in 2014, ))) Wow now thats a great stat ~

    and was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten pick. Wayne confirmed his explosive athleticism at the Combine, blazing 4.31 with a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Wayne has some stiffness in the hips and committed too many penalties in college, but he excels in press-man coverage and is a sure tackler. Waynes may lack elite No. 1 corner upside, but is the draft’s most NFL-ready cornerback.
    Apr 30 – 9:20 PM

  2. Straightline speed, but bit of a conscientious objector when it comes to stopping the run, now let’s get someone to let Teddy know wellbeing, then LB thumpers,a safety and a guard

  3. Can we draw any conclusions about Cordell’s progress by Vikings NOT taking Parker?

    1. I don’t think so. I think the Vikings Front Office is pretty content with our group of receivers outside of Patterson. Though, if the right guy is there at the beginning of the 2nd round tomorrow, I definitely wouldn’t rule out the Vikings taking a receiver.

  4. I wasn’t “wowed” by the pick at first, then I thought back to some of the most exciting plays of last year and aside from Teddy, the ones that stuck out the most involved Rhodes denying opposing receivers their catch. Now I love the pick!