Jimmie Ward will not be taking part in Tuesday’s defensive backs workout. Routine Combine medical evaluations revealed a foot issue. Ward is still awaiting more to the exact nature of the injury, and initial reports are the injury is considered relatively minor.
Combine medical procedures dictate that Ward not be allowed to participate even if he wanted to (similar to Austin Sefarian-Jenkins). Like Sefarian-Jenkins, the situation is surprising in that the player had been running and training without any discomfort, or indication of an injury. Ward came to Indianapolis planning to fully take part in Tuesday’s showcase. Ward had been working out at the same facility as Jadeveon Clowney and Jerick McKinnon, two players who’ve exceeded expectations the past two days in combine workouts.
As first reported Thursday, Ward was expected to perform extremely well in all areas of Tuesday’s on field workout. In fact, Ward has been consistently running 40 times in the 4.4s. Multiple teams have Ward behind only Calvin Pryor and HaHa Clinton-Dix among the safety population.
– I’m told the Arizona Cardinals will make a big run at Branden Albert if he hits free agency as expected. If they don’t come away with Albert sources say the Cardinals will look offensive tackle in round one.
– If the Seattle Seahawks had their choice of player with the last pick of round one it would likely be Odell Beckham Jr. Chances are Beckham won’t be available to the Seahawks at the end of the first frame. I’m told look for the Seahawks to go offensive line heavy in the draft.
– Word at the combine has the Dallas Cowboys going defensive front seven early and often in the draft. Word is Aaron Donald is a possibility for the team in round one.
– I’m told another team that looking for defensive line help during the early part of the draft are the San Diego Chargers. The only exception will be if a top rated secondary prospect is available to them.
– How impressive was Jerick McKinnon’s workout yesterday? Its likely to improve his draft stock anywhere from two-to-three rounds. This morning sources told me they feel McKinnon has cemented himself as a fourth round pick and could break into the third frame. A few teams now rate McKinnon as the fifth running back on their boards.