2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: S LaMont Wade

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LaMont Wade enters the 2021 NFL Draft after serving as a multi-year starter for the Penn State defense. Wade has been utilized to this point predominantly as a field safety and nickel defender, which offers clear insight to the areas that he’ll most likely be charged with learning at the pro level as well. Wade’s stature is a roadblock to a featured defensive role. He’s not a big player and despite an aggressive playstyle, he is at times unable to translate aggression into efficiency in the secondary. Wade certainly appears to have a role as a depth safety and special teams contributor—he runs the alley well and has had success with cut tackles to get into the legs of the ball-carrier in the open field. Wade’s best role as a defensive player is likely as a subpackage safety and he did show some prowess as a pressure player on blitz looks to stem and hide his intentions. He will need to stay out of the post position for best results if he’s pressed into defensive action as a pro player and instead be charged with some shallow zone usage—as he was most frequently called upon in coverage at Penn State. 

Ideal Role: Depth safety, core special teamer.

Scheme Fit: Split safety coverages and high usage of defensive subpackages.

Written by: Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

Founder and Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Founder and Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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