The Rams got their man in the first round of this years draft. Carriker will come in and be an iunstant starter most likely and he will help out on an improving defense.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
The Rams Go For Wade After taking a defensive lineman and a fullback, Rams fans finally have someone they can get a little excited about. Cornerback Jonathan Wade will come in and battle for playing time. With Fisher gone and Butler on his way out, it leaves the Rams with Fakhir Brown, Tye Hill, Mike Rumph, and Lenny Walls. Wade will battle for the 3rd or 4th CB spot most likely. He used to be a WR and is still learning at the CB spot, but he is still very talented. Good pick by St. Louis.
Bio from nfl.com
Jonathan Wade Height: 5-10 Weight: 192 Position: Cornerback College: Tennessee
OVERVIEW Wade is an emerging talent who came into his own as a senior, his first season as a full-time starter. A versatile athlete, he was originally recruited as a wide receiver, playing with the offensive unit during his first two years at Tennessee before shifting to the defensive backfield as a redshirt sophomore in 2004. Wade also excelled on the Volunteers' track team. He was a member of two of the three fastest 4x100-meter relay teams in school history, capturing 2005 indoor and outdoor All-America recognition. The outdoor 4x100-meter relay team placed third at the NCAA Finals with a time of 38.83 seconds, third best in school history. He was the squad's top 200-meter sprinter in 2004 with a season-best 20.79 and sprinted to the team's best 55-meter time of 7.36 at the Tennessee Invitational. He also anchored Tennessee's 2003 SEC champion and NCAA outdoor runner-up 4x100-meter relay that clocked 38.72 in the NCAA finals, the second-fastest time in Volunteers history. Wade was an All-America selection by Tom Lemming and Super Prep, adding Class 5A all-state honors as a senior at Evangel Christian High School. He started three seasons at cornerback and twice started as a wide receiver, leading the team to a 54-3 record, three Class 5A state titles and the 1999 national championship. Wade recorded 24 tackles with 30 pass deflections and three interceptions as a senior. He was also an accomplished track-and-field athlete, winning the 200-meter dash title with a time of 20.95 at the 2001 World Youth Championships. He also won the 2001 state 100-meter and 200-meter titles. He set the state record in 200-meters (21.03) and his best 100-meter time was 10.15, earning him Louisiana 2001 Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year and all-state MVP honors in track by The Shreveport Times as a junior. He also excelled in the classroom, earning Principal's List and Honor Roll student accolades. After enrolling at Tennessee in 2002, Wade appeared in the final 12 games, starting three games as a receiver. He caught eight passes for 84 yards (10.5 avg.) and rushed nine times for 78 yards (8.7 avg.). He also played on special teams, posting two tackles. A left shoulder injury against Marshall required surgery, shutting down Wade's 2003 season after only two games. He had a five-yard reception, but lost 10 yards on a reverse. When he returned to the field in 2004, he shifted to left cornerback, starting five of 13 games. While adjusting to his new position, he posted 24 tackles (19 solos) with a pass break-up and a forced fumble. Wade started seven of 11 games he played in during 2005. He came up with 32 tackles (26 solos) with 1.5 stops for losses and a fumble recovery. He batted away five passes and intercepted two others, adding one more tackle on special teams. The All-Southeastern Conference choice started all 13 games at left cornerback in 2006. He was credited with 52 tackles (44 solos) and six stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused a fumble and posted three special teams stops. He had 13 pass deflections and four interceptions while also gaining 18 yards on a kickoff return. In 51 games at Tennessee (14 on offense), Wade started three times as a receiver and 28 times as a cornerback. He finished with 110 tackles (90 solos) and 7.5 stops for losses of 22 yards. He recovered one fumble, caused two others and posted six special teams stops. He had 19 pass deflections with six interceptions for 112 yards in returns (18.7 avg.), including a touchdown. He rushed 10 times for 68 yards (6.8 avg.), caught nine passes for 89 yards (9.9 avg.) and had an 18-yard kickoff return. ANALYSIS Positives: Has a lean, angular frame built for speed, with knotted calves, tapered muscles, long limbs and outstanding quickness … Gets a quick break on the ball and, while he is a bit of a gambler, he has the recovery speed to get back into the play … Can allow a big cushion because of his explosive closing burst … His experience on offense was beneficial, as he is alert to the receiver's route progression and moves … Has the natural hands to catch the ball cleanly and away from his frame … Has the change-of-direction agility and flexibility to make plays from sideline-to-sideline … Best when playing in man coverage, as he does a good job of using his hands to jam and re-route … Has very good recovery skills, but needs to refine his backpedal, as the shuffle-and-bail technique he uses affects his quickness coming out of breaks … Better when playing off the receiver, as he has the speed to close on plays in front of him … Does a good job of using his hands to knock the receivers off their rhythm … Shows nice feet and loose hips to turn and trail, but must develop better route anticipation (can lose position at times) … When he doesn't use his shuffle technique, he gets a much quicker break on the ball … Will flash nice feet to plant-and-drive out of transition cleanly (when not shuffling) … Opens his hips properly to turn and run with the backs along the perimeter … Has the second gear needed to recover and close … Showed good improvement covering on the go route and shows the body control and adjustments to compete for the ball at its high point … Plays bigger than his size indicates due to his fine leaping ability … Will sell out to break up the pass and is best when competing for the ball in flight … Catches the ball cleanly and is a good open-field runner with the burst to separate after the interception … Worked hard in the 2006 off-season to improve his strength, and while he is still a work in progress in run support, he showed improvement staying square to make the open field tackles (still need wrap-up technique work). Negatives: Has only dedicated one off-season to football (spent his first four years competing with the track team in the spring) and still lacks an ideal feel to read the play (slow to see it develop) … Gets fooled often on play-action and screens … Could be even quicker in his coverage ability if he abandons the shuffle technique he uses in his backpedal … Has loose hips, but his explosion is sometimes negated because of his marginal pedal … Will eyeball the backfield too long, causing him to miss the route progression working in the zone … Improved a bit in 2006, but seems to lack courage when asked to step inside the box to lend run support (shies away from contact) … Lacks the hand punch to defeat blocks in closed quarters and doesn't stay low enough in his pads to make an impact taking on a lead block … More of an ankle biter as a tackler, getting reckless by grabbing rather than wrapping and securing … Has a good break out of his pedal, but sometimes opens his hips too early in transition … Needs to keep his arms more active in order to prevent bigger blockers from reaching him. Compares To: Fred Smoot, Washington -- Wade looks the part as a man coverage defender, but you really have to question his desire to hit, especially against running plays … He needs to refine his backpedal technique and must add more bulk, but the additional weight could affect his quickness … A former track man, he has only one year of full-time starting experience … His speed will bring good value as a nickel back, but unless he can develop better courage, he will be a liability against running plays. INJURY REPORT 2003: Suffered left shoulder AC joint damage against Marshall and underwent surgery on Sept. 22, missing the rest of the season. AGILITY TESTS Campus: 4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 335-pound bench press … 450-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 35-inch vertical jump. Combine: 4.46 in the 40-yard dash … 1.62 10-yard dash … 2.64 20-yard dash … 4.4 20-yard shuttle … 11.58 60-yard shuttle … 7.07 three-cone drill … 40½-inch vertical jump … 10-foot-6 broad jump. HIGH SCHOOL Attended Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Dennis Dunn … All-America selection by Tom Lemming and Super Prep, adding Class 5A all-state honors as a senior … Started three seasons at cornerback and twice started as a wide receiver, leading the team to a 54-3 record, three Class 5A state titles and the 1999 national championship … Made 24 tackles with 30 pass deflections and three interceptions as a senior … Also an accomplished track-and-field athlete … Won the 200-meter dash title with a time of 20.95 at the 2001 World Youth Championships … Won the 2001 state 100-meter and 200-meter titles … Set the state record in 200 meters (21.03) and his best 100-meter time was 10.15, earning him Louisiana 2001 Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year and all-state MVP honors in track by The Shreveport Times as a junior … Also excelled in the classroom, earning Principal's List and Honor Roll student accolades. PERSONAL African American Studies major … Born Jonathan Charles Wade on Mar. 27, 1984 … Resides in Shreveport, La.