Shaun Wade’s turbulent football career has taken a new turn.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have agreed to sell their fifth-round pick to the Patriots in exchange for a 2022 seventh-round pick and a 2023 fifth-rounder. The trade was later confirmed by the Patriots.
Following a strong 2019 season at Ohio State, Wade was projected to be a first-round pick, but he returned to Columbus for a second shot at the national title in 2020. Wade struggled during the truncated season, losing the glitter that had once enticed evaluators to take him in the upcoming draft.
Wade went from a first-round pick to the Ravens’ third-round pick, a move that seemed wise at the time because Wade wouldn’t be expected to play many snaps and could acclimate to the NFL game while still having time to improve. Instead, it appears that time has been cut in half, with Baltimore attempting to send Wade somewhere in order to recoup its low-level investment.
Wade would be no different. New England has a history of taking players who don’t fit with the clubs that drafted them. Wade, who was formerly a great coverage defender, struggled in his most recent college action, indicating a player who needs technique work and adequate mentorship to reach his potential, which was once thought to be quite high.
The Patriots, sensing an opportunity to profit, are prepared to assist Wade in becoming a good NFL cornerback.