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Jihad Ward | Defensive Tackle

Team: Illinois Fighting Illini
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/11/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 295

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Raiders selected Illinois DT Jihad Ward with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Ward (6'5/297) made 25 starts for the Illini after transferring from JUCO, posting 12 career tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks with three forced fumbles. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick as a senior. Ward's stock took a hit in Indy, testing as a third-percentile SPARQ athlete. There's also word he may require a knee scope that would sideline him 4-6 weeks. Still a high-energy lineman with plus length (33 7/8") and versatility to play multiple defensive line positions, Ward's best fit in the league will be as a five-technique. Apr 29 - 8:14 PM

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