Jimmie Ward Scouting Report

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Jimmie Ward Scouting Report

Position: S
Conference: MidAmerican
School: Northern Illinois Huskies
Year/Status: Senior
Jersey Number: #15
Height & Weight: 5'11 - 193 lbs.
Draft Prediction: First Round
Drafted 1.30 in 2014 by SF

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Jimmie Ward, S , Northern Illinois

Ward was hands-down the best defensive player in the MAC. He can make plays all over the field. Expect him to very rapidly move up draft boards and into the first round conversation.

Excellent athleticism with quick, choppy feet in his backpedal. Smooth and fluid. Changes direction with ease. Elite pursuit angles. Tracks the football very well. Makes spectacular plays look routine. Absolute difference maker in the secondary. Can cover receivers in the slot. Above-average coverage skills for a safety. Showed up big at the Senior Bowl and more than held his own. Diagnoses rapidly and makes the correct snap decisions.

Play struggles with his back to the play. A little undersized, but has a solid frame. Looks to make the big hit. Leaves his feet too often to make tackles. Must wrap up and break down more consistently. Can fit just about anywhere on the field and do it all.

Ward projects as a late-first to early second round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Last Updated Mar-09-2014 by Matt De Lima

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Prediction: 3rd Round

tough cover guy who can tackle well and get picks

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tomgclark 02/02/14 11:54 AM
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