4/24/21: Against Penn State in Week 2, Wade had some problems with wide receiver Jahan Dotson. Dotson got the better of Wade on a few plays, but on some receptions, Wade was in good position with close coverage, but Dotson just made excellent plays on the ball. Taking on Indiana, Wade had a mixed game, including his first career pick-six, which ended up as the game-winning score, but he also gave up a long touchdown pass. He also had some uneven moments versus Northwestern and some struggles against Clemson.
Wade is still developing as an outside corner. Team sources say Wade is big and fast and has upside, but he has a lot of issues in technique that lead to him giving up plays.
9/5/20: The selfish and foolish Big Ten presidents and commissioner Kevin Warren made the decision to protect their job security over considering the science that football players are more likely to die in a car accident driving to practice than from COVID-19. Wade is one of the players who is really hurt by this decision, hence why Wade's father has led a protest of the decision.
The lost season hurts Wade from showing NFL teams that he is capable of being a starting outside corner along with playing in the slot and safety. If Wade had proven he is a good outside corner as well in 2020, he could have been the top cornerback prospect and a high first-rounder. With Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette in the NFL, Wade was in a position to move to the outside in 2020, and it would have really helped his draft grade if he played well there, as it would demonstrate the versatility to be effective at numerous spots in coverage for the next level. The Jacksonville, Florida product missed the 2017 season because of abdominal surgery.
Wade recorded 25 tackles with eight passes broken up, an interception and two sacks in 2019. He made some impressive plays for the Buckeyes and was a bigger presence than the numbers indicate. During the fall, I reported that team sources said they believed Wade was likely to go back to Ohio State for 2020, which is what happened.
Wade has a good skill set to develop with a ton of upside. He had a strong debut for the Buckeyes in 2018, totaling 31 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended and one forced fumble on the year. Even though Wade has the size to line up on the outside, Ohio State played him mostly at slot cornerback in 2018 and 2019, and he did well there while also playing some safety.