The Patriots are acquiring rookie cornerback Shaun Wade from the Baltimore Ravens, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. New England will send a 2022 seventh-round pick and a 2023 fifth-round pick to Baltimore in exchange for the 22-year-old, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 26, 2021
For Wade, the Ravens are getting from the Patriots a 7th-round pick in 2022 and a 5th-round pick in 2023.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) August 26, 2021
Wade, who was once a highly touted prospect, saw his draft stock fall significantly last year when he was moved to outside corner for the Ohio State Buckeyes. While the 6-foot-1 cornerback struggled in his senior season, he has physical tools that could make him an asset at the pro level.
He ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at his pro day and posted a 37.5-inch vertical jump. While he will need to be coached up quite a bit to meet NFL standards, his ceiling remains high. The Patriots were in need of cornerback depth with Stephon Gilmore out, and at the very least Wade provides some security in that department.
UPDATED: The Patriots make it official.
The terms are still not final, but as said earlier those picks are what’s rumored.
Patriots acquire rookie CB Shaun Wade in a trade with Baltimore: https://t.co/tNLJYRMvoI
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 26, 2021
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