Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 193
40: 4.48
Year: 4Sr

Jimmie Ward

School: Northern Illinois
Position: S
Positive: Three-year starter who led Northern Illinois in tackles the past two seasons. Lined up at multiple positions in the secondary and also blocked three punts as a freshman. Smart, instinctive defensive back who plays a physical brand of football. Breaks down well, anticipates the action, and constantly around plays. Quick up the field, voluntarily defends the run, and shows a closing burst. Does a terrific job reading receivers eyes then getting his head back around to defend the deep throw. Displays terrific hands for interceptions. Keeps the action in front of him, does not make mental errors, and shows a good feel for the game. Effectively times pass defenses and shows ability in zone or man coverage.
Negative: Deep speed may be a concern. Not a strong open field tackler. Average size for the next level.
Analysis: Ward was a consistent defender for Northern Illinois, making plays defending the run, covering the pass, as well as standing out on special teams. He's not a prospect who meets the eyeball test rather a very good football player who should have a long career at the next level.

Updated 4/28
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