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After missing out on Ohio State’s pro day on March 30 to recover from a turf toe injury, cornerback Shaun Wade made an appearance in a second pro day Wednesday, along with quarterback Justin Fields, who was making his second pro day showing.
But Wade found a way to impress, putting up strong numbers in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump.
The 4.43-second 40-yard dash is the fastest of any Ohio State player in this year’s times, passing Fields’ 4.45-second time. Looking back to a year prior, Wade would also have beaten out former teammates Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette, who ran it in 4.48 and 4.56 seconds, respectively, at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The 37.5-inch vertical would be third of Ohio State players this year, behind only linebackers Baron Browning (40 inches) and Pete Werner (39.5), while the broad jump is third behind Browning (10-10) and Sermon (10-5). If again compared to Okudah, the Detroit Lions corner has him beat in both categories (41-inch vertical, 11-3 broad jump).
Wade finished last season as a consensus All-American and Big Ten defensive back of the year after a season with 35 tackles, four pass breakups and a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.