Trae Waynes apparently still has critics to win over.
Waynes, the Michigan State standout who's considered a surefire first-round pick and the top cornerback available in the draft, might not be all he's cracked up to be, at least according to Pro Football Focus.
Pro Football Focus unveiled its most overrated draft prospects on ESPN.com (pay site), and Waynes tops the list.
"While most left the combine in awe of Waynes' speed," Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus writes, "the discussion among PFF analysts centered on the fact that his 20-yard shuttle (4.39 seconds) was slower than his 40 time (4.31), a rare feat we couldn't recall seeing. That poor change-of-direction ability was evident on tape, and is a problem at a position where change of direction is vital."
Renner also singled out Waynes' game against Oregon in the second week of last season, where he said Waynes was "exposed," surrendering 113 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, which was a theme for the players on the list.
"If these guys can't consistently beat up on college opponents," Renner wrote of the list, "what's going to change when they square off against NFL players that can match their athleticism?"
Waynes was joined on the list by Michigan receiver Devin Funchess, who ranked No. 5.
"Funchess is a tweener who some project as a 'move' tight end in the NFL," Renner wrote. "Our analysts saw a different story, as we thought he had neither the radical size advantage to out-muscle corners nor the quickness to consistently beat linebackers. To top it off, he showed very little promise as a run blocker."
While Waynes and Funchess didn't get much love from Pro Football Focus, Michigan State receiver Tony Lippett did, checking in at No. 6 on its list of most underrated draft prospects (also on pay site).
" ... When you watch him on film, he's the type of player who beats cornerbacks even when it looks like he's been beaten in the route," Pro Football Focus' Gordon McGuinness wrote of the Big Ten's Receiver of the Year. "Somewhat similar to Stevie Johnson, he's the type of player who routinely finds his way to the ball after losing out early in the play, which helped him finish the year with a yards per route run average of 3.65, the second-most in this draft class next to Alabama's Amari Cooper."
The NFL draft is April 30-May 2.