Buffalo Bills 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Know: CB Shaun Wade
While the focus at Ohio State’s Pro Day will be on quarterback Justin Fields, for the Buffalo Bills they will likely want to take a closer look at cornerback Shaun Wade. According to Albert Breer, Wade will also be working out at the Pro Day for NFL front office personnel.
This is a closer look at Shaun Wade’s resume and why he might be a target for the Buffalo Bills.
Weight: 196 pounds
During his career at Ohio State, Shaun Wade had 91 total tackles, six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 18 passes defended, and three forced fumbles in 32 games. This past season was arguably his best in college, and while he did have some struggles, the good outweighed the bad and he was named the Big Ten top defensive back.
NFL.com Scouting Report by Lance Zierlein
"Teams could still be intrigued with Wade’s size and length, but he looked slow in recovery mode and lacked confidence and body control when attempting to match routes and stay connected in man coverage this past season. He doesn’t have shifty, short-area footwork to match quicker slots and was beaten badly as an outside corner when matched against future NFL talent. Wade needs to get his fundamentals right and find the right position and scheme fit in order to be more than an average backup in the league."
How he would fit on the Buffalo Bills
As Zierlein notes in his scouting report, there is plenty that Shaun Wade needs to work on but he has all the physical attributes a team would want in their cornerback. He is big enough to match up with the bigger wide receivers in the NFL but also has experience on the inside. However, in the NFL he would likely play primarily on the outside for the Buffalo Bills.
If the Buffalo Bills were to add Shaun Wade in the NFL Draft, he is a player that would likely need time to develop and not likely to start as a rookie. However, if they feel comfortable with the duo of Levi Wallace and Dane Jackson for this coming season, which they have shown they can win with questions at that spot, then a year of development to correct some mistakes could give the team a long term solution at the position opposite Tre’Davious White.