If Reggie McKenzie wants to officially end the Al Davis draft doctrine then he’ll select Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade. At least he’ll do so if he has the chance. Wade’s draft stock seems to go through more ups and downs than the S&P 500. Two years ago he was considered an elite level prospect before some inconsistent play raised a few questions. But that’s not why this would be the ultimate anti-Davis selection.
As we all know, Davis valued size and speed especially when it came to his corners. Wade isn’t a small fry but at 5’10” he’s well short of what Davis typically looked for. More importantly, he doesn’t have blazing speed. Far from it in fact. Wade was clocked at 4.59 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. That would have surely have earned removal from Al’s wish list.
Thing is Wade can play. Forget about all the combine theatrics, his game tape speaks for itself.
With the Raiders in the market for more depth at defensive back, Wade could be their guy if they value him as such. Depending on whom you believe he could be there for the Raiders at #95 in the 3rd round or he could be off the board in the second round of the draft. Here’s a quick look at Trevin Wade.
Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
Strengths: Highly productive during his time in Tucson. Shows some nice footwork, rarely off balance. Has a good frame for an NFL corner. Great anticipation and can break on the ball like he’s running the route.
Weaknesses: Not very fluid in the hips. Does not have elite level speed for the NFL which means ability to recover is in question. Most see him as a nickel corner at best. Inconsistent play from year-to-year makes it hard to know what type of player Wade truly is.