The Steelers have turned to a product of their own backyard for depth in the secondary.
Following the draft, Pittsburgh has signed Pittsburgh native, Clariton and Penn State alum Lamont Wade, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero announced via Twitter.
Former Penn State safety Lamont Wade is signing with the #Steelers, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 1, 2021
Wade, a 5-foot-9, 187-pound defensive back, recorded 153 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, 11 pass breakups, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception in 47 career games at Penn State.
He is also a valuable player on special in teams. Wade scored on a 100-yard kickoff return in 2020 and spent extensive time on the kickoff and punt coverage teams for the Nittany Lions.
Wade is a talented tackler with versatility as a defensive back, as he spent time at cornerback and safety.
He will join former Penn State teammate Marcus Allen on the Steelers’ defense, as well as Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth, who was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round.