Drew Wade: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Drew Wade
School: Arkansas Tech University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
This year, I pushed myself to become a better leader and just learn more about the game. I challenged myself to make first-team all-conference and be an all-American, but I fell short of that. I made second-team all-conference.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
This extra year brought me adversity. But I took it as a year to grow as a player mentally and physically. I got stronger and was able to gain the weight I’ve been trying to gain my whole career. It also allowed me to learn more about the game and be able to have efficient film study. Lastly, it allowed me to become a better leader more vocally. Those aspects are what I lacked and I think are very vital for the league.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
Someone who is always playing with that chip on his shoulder. A lead by example kind of guy. Someone who is just gonna put his head down and keep trucking through thick and thin. A very loyal and trustworthy player and friend. Someone who can make something out of nothing.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I look at how well I ran a route or how quick I got out my breaks. Also, “eyes to the tuck”. That’s a little detail, but it’s so big. You want to see yourself catch the ball before you try to make a play. Also by taking notes of how a DB’s leverage is, whether he’s playing inside or outside. How he line up on certain coverages. If he’s fast or not. How he presses if he is in press. How well do he flip his hips. I just try to find his tendencies and weaknesses throughout his game. So I’ll know what to attack when game day comes.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I bring some versatility to the table. From running any route from A-Z to returning kicks. I can make big plays happen. I have a lot of football knowledge and I am able to dissect a defense very quickly. I bring a coach/player mentality to a team. I refuse to be mediocre. I do not accept defeat and I am continuously working.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
I plan to work on the small details, because the little things are often overlooked. Work on speed and ability to make myself more marketable. Get more on an good meal plan and hit the weight room. Really just going to work everyday and stay ready for an opportunity.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I bring a championship mentality. I demand greatness out of myself, but also out of my teammates through accountability. If everyone is pulling their own weight and holding each other accountable, I see no reason why a team cannot be great. With that being said, I can bring leadership skills and my ability to study film. Being able to recognize plays before it was to happen. I study my plays and I build good relationships with the guys I’m fighting for/with on the field.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I am very humble and hungry for a chance to compete at the next level. I am thankful for any opportunity presented to me. I am here to help achieve in the goals set by an organization that takes a chance on me. I would be a good player to take a risk on, because not only do I have the ability to play receiver, I have great special teams abilities as well. Aside from that, I am a great teammate. So if you’re looking for someone who is going to come in day in and day out and work his tail off and not be average, you should take a chance on me! Also count on the underdog!