PROS (+): Will command your attention quickly when watching the Buckeyes secondary — Wade works primarily from the slot and is given a lot of opportunities to play press coverage or zone in the shallow areas of the field to look to neutralize underneath patterns breaking in any and all directions. There's notable twitch to his game; his acceleration and long speed are undeniable when receivers look to stack him vertically and test him. Love his aggressiveness and the physical power he plays with, Wade is a tone setting player who beats up would be blockers outside the hashes and excels at stepping down as an enforcer vs. screen game and the run. A reliable tackler, Wade has fascinating upside as a chess piece weapon/hybrid defender in the NFL game. His recognition skills as it relates to spacing multiple layers of routes make him a desirable prospect in coverage.
CONS (—): Was a surprise returnee to Columbus in 2020 after a successful first two campaigns for the Buckeyes in 2018 & 2019. He was overshadowed last season by Jeff Okudah and will need to prove himself if teams aspire to implement him on the boundary. He looks to have the physical foundation to do so, but experience outside is a notable area that we'll need to see this season. He hasn't had a chance to showcase much ball-hawking skills (hands on 8 passes total in 2019) — but he's fast and physical and can blanket slot receivers, so don't dock him too hard. Few have the chance to earn more money in 2020 if he excels outside to the same level he's played in the nickel.