For Penn State safety Lamont Wade, going undrafted was likely not what he had envisioned.
Admittedly, Wade had struggled for much of his football life to make it any position. Rather than giving up, he stayed resilient and made the best out of each situation he has encountered during his football journey.
As a true freshman, Wade came to Penn State as a cornerback. Despite receiving honorable Big Ten mention that year, he played as a backup, a role he maintained until the end of his sophomore. Frustrated, Wade entered the transfer portal only to re-commit for his junior year, where he switched to safety.
The change would pay dividends, as he earned the starting role. That year, Wade set career highs in total tackles (67), tackles for loss (4.5), sacks (2), and passes defended (5). For his efforts, Wade received All-Big Ten honorable mention and All-Big Ten second team designation from Pro Football Focus.
All of his struggles have brought Wade to this point, and while he did not hear his name called in this year's NFL Draft, he landed on a Pittsburgh Steelers team in need of depth at various positions in their secondary. No doubt Wade comes in with a chip on his shoulder and the motivation to prove that he is worthy of a roster spot, no matter the position.