Coach’s View: Trae Waynes

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Paul Sancya / Associated Press

Teams and fans want to know as much as possible about draft prospects. I joined them in this quest and caught up with the people who know the most about these players, their coaches.

Player: Trae Waynes

Position: Cornerback

School: Michigan State

Coach: Harlon Barnett

What are Trae’s three key strengths?

“He’s patient, he’s fast and he’s a good tackler.

The patience part comes with our defense, our cornerbacks are press cornerbacks a lot of the time and he has good patience at the line of scrimmage to get his hands on the receivers, which makes him a good cover guy. Also, he can run like the wind and he showed this at the combine. Finally, he’s a good tackler so that when guys are in space he can get them on the ground.”

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Coach’s View: Jay Ajayi

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Norm Hall / Getty Images North America

Teams and fans want to know as much as possible about draft prospects. I joined them in this quest and caught up with the people who know the most about these players, their coaches.

Player: Jay Ajayi

Position: Running back

School: Boise State

Coach: Kent Riddle

What are Jay’s three key strengths?

“First, I’d highlight his toughness. Secondly, I’d consider himself an every down back who is great in the passing game as well. Finally, I’d emphasize his ability to break tackles.”

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Coach’s View: Nate Orchard

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Carlos Osorio / AP

Teams and fans want to know as much as possible about draft prospects. I joined them in this quest and caught up with the people who know the most about these players, their coaches.

Player: Nate Orchard

Position: Edge

School: Utah

Coach: Kyle Whittingham

What are Nate’s three key strengths?

“Number one is that he is a great athlete. He was a basketball player in high school and a wide receiver as well. He has just got such great athletic ability and that’s his starting point, the way that he is able to control his body. The second thing would be his explosion, he is very fast off the ball. The ball is snapped and he is the first guy up the field every time. He has got such great quickness and explosion. Number three is that Nate plays with such great effort. He plays hard every single play, he never takes a play off. He is always hustling and running. He is just giving that extra effort that you need to be a great player.” Continue reading

Coach’s View: Carl Davis

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Charlie Neibergall / AP Photo

Teams and fans want to know as much as possible about draft prospects. I joined them in this quest and caught up with the people who know the most about these players, their coaches.

Player: Carl Davis

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Iowa

Coach: Reese Morgan

What are Carl’s three key strengths?

“I think number one is obviously his physical tools. He has excellent size and quickness, which allows him to be productive and make plays. It allows him to take on blocks from the offensive linemen. That would be one. The second thing is he is a high-character, quality young man, who makes good decisions. Finally, he has got a desire to play at that level.”

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Coach’s View: Kevin Johnson

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James Brosher / South Bend Tribune

Teams and fans want to know as much as possible about draft prospects. I joined them in this quest and caught up with the people who know the most about these players, their coaches.

Player: Kevin Johnson

Position: Cornerback

School: Wake Forest

Coach: Derrick Jackson

What are Kevin’s three key strengths?

“I think he is definitely a very good man coverage cornerback. He has really good feet, hips and ball skills, which all give him a chance to be very good in playing both press and off-man.

He is a young man that also has a great feel for the game, he studied a lot of video tapes of his opponents and of himself. He is not a guy that basically learns what you teach him to do, but someone who really studies and becomes the student of the game. This gives him a competitive advantage in terms of knowing his opponents.

Finally, I’d say he is as a highly competitive young man as I’ve been around in terms of that there isn’t a drill where he is not going to compete to be first. There is not a rep where he is not trying to make sure that he is doing everything fundamentally right and then finishing plays correctly. He hates to be a guy that ever sees a ball caught on him.”

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Coach’s View: David Cobb

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Sherri LaRose-Chiglo / Pioneer Press

Teams and fans want to know as much as possible about draft prospects. I joined them in this quest and caught up with the people who know the most about these players, their coaches.

Player: David Cobb

Position: Running back

School: Minnesota

Coach: Pat Poore

What are David’s three key strengths?

“I think he has got great vision, balance and tempo. The combination of those three is kind of one thing. He has a really good skill set, he catches the ball well. He is very adequate, as a college player, for a pass protector. He is an every down back, he’s got that kind of skill set and he has developed that. That is probably the third thing about David, he is a very smart and intelligent person. With the help of his work ethic and intelligence he really developed himself into a player that put himself in a position to be a draftable guy.”

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Coach’s View: Jeremiah Poutasi

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Rick Scuteri / Associated Press

Teams and fans want to know as much as possible about draft prospects. I joined them in this quest and caught up with the people who know the most about these players, their coaches.

Player: Jeremiah Poutasiuufbc2014

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Utah

Coach: Kyle Whittingham

What are Jeremiah’s three key strengths?

“First of all C. J. – we call him C. J. – has great size. He is 6’5’’ and 335 lbs, so he’s just a very physical player with that great size. Secondly, he is very smart. He is an exceptionally smart football player. Jeremiah picks things up quickly, learns very fast and really has a good football IQ. Finally, for a big guy he has got very good feet. His footwork is really agile and he is very athletic with his feet. As an offensive lineman that’s very critical to be able to have quick feet and be able to move your feet in order to block.” Continue reading