The cornerback-needy New England Patriots are close to acquiring 2021 fifth-round pick Shaun Wade in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport first reported Thursday.
Trade terms: #Ravens are trading rookie CB Shaun Wade to the #Patriots for a 7th-round pick in 2022 and a 5th-round pick in 2023, per @jeffzrebiec. Wade has impressed in preseason action, but Baltimore is stacked at DB and simply couldn't keep everyone.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 26, 2021
The Ravens were loaded at cornerback, and the Patriots are thin at the position with 2019 NFL defensive player of the year Stephon Gilmore still on the physically unable to perform list and locked in a contract dispute.
The Patriots have been starting Jalen Mills across from J.C. Jackson at cornerback. Slot corner Jonathan Jones was banged up in practice Thursday and appeared to favor his left foot or ankle. The Patriots also have 2019 second-round pick Joejuan Williams, 2019 fifth-round pick Mike Jackson Sr., 2020 undrafted free agent Myles Bryant and special-teamer Justin Bethel on their cornerback depth chart.
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Tough path to the field in Baltimore: Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Tavon Young, Jimmy Smith and Anthony Averett were all ahead of Wade on the cornerback depth chart in Baltimore.
Wade perfect in the preseason: Wade has yet to allow a reception across 25 coverage snaps this preseason. He turned his lone target in coverage into an interception.
Patriots cornerback depth chart before trade
|Outside CB||Stephon Gilmore||Joejuan Williams|
|Outside CB||J.C. Jackson||Michael Jackson|
|Slot CB||Jonathan Jones||Jalen Mills|
Brings slot and outside cornerback experience to New England: Wade recorded at least 300 coverage snaps in the slot (65.5 coverage grade) and out wide (68.4 coverage grade) at Ohio State from 2018 to 2020. In total, 88% of his coverage snaps have come outside this preseason.
Wade unlikely to play outside in New England: Wade’s bottom line in the PFF 2021 NFL Draft Guide stated, “While we’ve never seen Wade play safety, that’s where he belongs in the NFL.” The Patriots ran dime personnel at a top-five rate in 2020, and it’s safe to assume that Bill Belichick will put Wade in positions to succeed in their secondary.
Shaun Wade snaps by alignment | 2021 preseason
New England held to a 9-game win total throughout the offseason but has seen continued buy-in on their over. The continued optimism for the Patriots is opposite to our season-long simulation, as New England to go under 9.5 wins at +105 is the best futures bet available at this time.