One week ago, the Minnesota Vikings decided to use their #11 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft on Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes. There is quite a bit of excitement surrounding Waynes and what he brings to the team. Sadly, sometimes draft picks take weeks, up to months, to sign their rookie deals and join the team. But that won’t be the case for Trae Waynes.
Nov 22, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) stands on the field between plays during the1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
According to an article on NFL.com’s website, The Minnesota Vikings have already signed a deal with their first round draft pick. It will be the standard 4 year deal with a 5th year option that has become standard under the new collective bargaining agreement. This will lock Trae Waynes in with the Vikings to play opposite cornerback Xavier Rhodes in Minnesota’s young defense.
Vikings defensive backs coach Jerry Gray praised Trae Waynes and is very excited about the potential that he brings to the team’s defense. During an interview on Vikings.com, he talked about some of the things that Waynes brings to the table:
"“(Waynes has) got length, he’s really fast and he’s courageous,so that gives you your start. And then you start looking at his technique,” said Vikings defensive backs aide Jerry Gray, praising the rookie’s ability to play man-to-man coverage. “One thing you can’t change is his (4.31) speed. … Being blessed with speed doesn’t hurt.”"
In addition to signing Trae Waynes, the Minnesota Vikings have reportedly come to terms with second round draft pick Eric Kendricks on his rookie deal. Although his contract will not include a fifth year option like Trae Waynes does, it’s still good to see the Minnesota Vikings be serious about getting these players under contract and getting to work on the 2015 NFL Season.
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