The Bears have a need for some wide receiver depth with the loss of Marcus Robinson to free agency. Marty Booker is the clear No. 1 wideout and David Terrell has shown flashes of becoming the player that the Bears thought they were drafting two years ago. In addition to Wade the Bears grabbed wide receiver Justin Gage of Missouri with the 143rd pick.
Wade has been a four-year impact player. Had 93 receptions for 1,389 yards with 8 scores as a senior and named first team All-Conference. Averaged 14 yards on 16 punt returns. "He's a natural receiver with an exceptional feel for the game," said the TFY Draft Preview. "Solid route runner who displays quickness out of his breaks, gets separation from defenders and comes back to the ball, making himself an available target for the quarterback. Extends his hands and snatches the ball away from his frame. Finds the open spot in the defense, sneaks it downfield on occasion and times his deep receptions nicely."
There are concerns with his height and speed. While Wade is very quick he is not a burner. At only 5-10 he lacks the height that scouts now look for in receivers.
He will most likely be a slot receiver with the Bears and could put up some nice numbers in their offense as an underneath guy. He could also see the field as a punt returner, a spot where he was an All-Conference selection.
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