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 deniable 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: Experience is a notable area that we'll need to see play out on the field, although through Ohio State's first four games of 2019 Wade is continuing to look like a difference maker. I'd love to find out how well he can play boundary coverage, but his footwork as is can already be a bit of a sore spot at times -- a false step here or there can really derail his click and close vs. quick game when he's not playing in a position to jam. Just a redshirt sophomore, Wade will need a big season to build momentum worthy of making such an early jump to the pros.