Mike Mayock and Mel Kiper Jr. have both praised Michigan State CB Trae Waynes for his long arms, good size and above average physicality.
Waynes, however, proved his abilities weren't limited to simply acting as a press corner, as the future first round pick flashed his world-class speed, posting a 4.32 second 40-yard dash, making him the fastest cornerback at the 2015 combine.
Marcus Peters, on the other hand, has never had his talent questioned, and although his 40 time wasn't quite on par with Waynes (4.53) helped his case as a first round pick, addressing off-the-field issues in college with honesty and offering sincere apologies to those he wronged.
Waynes has been battling Peters for position as the draft's top cornerback, with each player receiving high grades but leaving pundits split on who would be the first one off the board. According to Mayock, who already had Waynes as the top cornerback on his board, the former Spartan's Combine showing has solidified his position as the draft's best available corner. Peters, who was accused of choking a former coach, called the rumors "false" and has recently come under the wing of Marshawn Lynch, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Although Waynes portrayed a seemingly surprising level of athletic ability, Peters measured up to Waynes similarly (both are six-feet tall and weigh about 200 pounds) and fit the bill as long, physical corners. For now, Waynes seems to be the better prospect according to several scouts, and Dave Burkett of the Detroit Free Press talked to an AFC scout who stated Peters possessed better ball skills.
Waynes might have ran himself out of consideration for the Steelers with the No. 22 pick, as other teams like Philadelphia, Houston and San Francisco could all be in the market for a cornerback. Peters, a player who has been linked to the Steelers in several previous mock drafts, might end up being a more realistic option.
Either way, both players certainly boosted their respective draft stocks with great performances at the Combine.