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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Trae Waynes makes a rare appearance at 22

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We don't believe it for a minute, but it's fun to think about the Michigan State cornerback falling to 22.

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We like CBS Sports' Rob Rang. We have a tough time believing this is how it will go down, but we like who he picked in his most recent mock draft.

Even Michigan State's old defensive coordinator said he's not going to be around at 22, and we don't think cornerback Trae Waynes will either, but Rang thinks he will.

We're ok with that thought.

New defensive coordinator Keith Butler inherits a unit that finished 26th in the NFL in Pass Coverage according to Pro Football Focus. None of the teams ranked worse made the playoffs. After heavy investments in the front seven over the past several years, the Steelers may turn to the secondary, especially if a talent like Waynes is still available. Waynes has the length, athleticism and ballskills teams are looking for, though his slim frame (6-0, 186) is a concern that could keep him out of the top 20.

Alas, Waynes' frame is not going to keep him out of the top 20. It may not even keep him out of the top 15. We aren't trying inject negatives into an otherwise beautiful dream, but this mock also has the Yankees Eagles selecting Brett Hundley at 20, La'el Collins and T.J. Clemmings going 11 and 12 to the Vikings and Browns, respectively.

A nice dream, but we're ok with it. Waynes is an excellent cornerback, rightfully considered the best of this class. Perhaps this isn't the greatest class of cornerbacks ever, but Waynes has the make-up to be a very good player.

These aren't opinions others do not share, and when he's selected in the teens, we'll be somewhat upset.