Vikings upgrade secondary with top CB Waynes

Ryan Wood
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Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes was selected at No. 11 by the Minnesota Vikings.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' fingers prints were all over the division rival Minnesota Vikings' first-round pick Thursday night.

The Vikings chose to bolster their secondary, selecting Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes with the 11th overall pick. Waynes was the top cornerback prospect in the draft and joins third-year cornerback Xavier Rhodes, another first-round Vikings pick.

Waynes is not a complete cornerback. There are doubts about his willingness to tackle. He measured 6-foot 1/8 inch and weighed 186 pounds at the NFL combine, though his 19 bench press reps of 225 pounds were impressive.

It's Waynes' 4.31-second, 40-yard dash that cemented his place as the top cornerback prospect. Waynes, a Kenosha native, projects as a potentially elite cover corner. Waynes had three interceptions and eight defended passes last season.

Matched against Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb twice each season, the Vikings will need all the help they can get at cornerback.

Stay tuned to as the NFL draft's first round continues tonight. The Packers are currently scheduled to be on the clock with the 30th overall pick.

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