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Jimmie Ward | Cornerback

Team: Northern Illinois Huskies
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/18/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 192

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ESPN's Mel Kiper gave out two "A" draft grades, singling out the 49ers and Jaguars as the winners of this year's process.
He listed San Francisco first. "The Niners just got so many good players," Kiper wrote, and went on to praise most every selection, from No. 30 overall NIU S Jimmie Ward to seventh-rounder No. 245 overall Oklahoma FB Trey Millard, perhaps the top prospect at his position. "What I like about this draft is the 49ers are in a championship window, and they still managed to balance both the need for immediate help and also got a lot of talent for the future," Kiper wrote. "The window can remain open." May 11 - 4:29 PM

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49ers selected Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Ward (5-foot-10 3/4, 193) was a third-team All-American in 2013, finishing his career with 11 interceptions, four forced fumbles and four blocked punts. He started at corner as a sophomore, and safety as a junior in senior, but still covered the slot in passing situations. Ward ran 4.47 at the Huskies' Pro Day, adding a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Built identically to Patriots FS Devin McCourty (5'11/193), Ward has also drawn Kenny Vaccaro comparisons for his versatility and man-cover skills, and is arguably a better tackler than both of them. Recovering from foot surgery, Ward is expected to be ready for training camp.
May 8 - 11:33 PM

Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward visited 12 teams during the draft process.

The Falcons, Ravens, Panthers, Cowboys, Colts, Saints, Texans and Vikings are just a few of the teams. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Ward as the No. 2 safety in this class and loves his versatility to line up over the slot or work in the deeper portions of the field.
Apr 29 - 11:02 AM

Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward (foot) has been cleared to resume running, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Good news for a possible first- or early second-rounder with the draft now 10 days away. Ward had been recovering from foot surgery after screws were inserted to shorten the healing process. Ward was given a six-to-eight week recovery timetable after going under the knife in early March, and he's right on track. Because Ward will be good to go for training camp, we don't believe this affects his stock any.
Apr 28 - 8:53 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell speculated that Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward could end up as a slot corner in the NFL.

The analyst said on the "Ross Tucker Podcast" that Ward played that spot in sub packages at NIU and was "really, really good" at it. Cosell stressed that he likes Ward as a prospect and said that the Huskies' star has the "best man-to-man cover skills of the safeties in this class." However, he doesn't believe Ward (5-foot-10, 191 pounds) can be a "box player" at that size. Tucker, for the record, disagreed that Ward's size might move him off safety.
Apr 24 - 8:08 PM

Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward recently visited the Ravens, per beat writer Aaron Wilson.

The team previously met with Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Washington State's Deon Bucannon. The Ravens are expected to look for a rangy free safety opposite Matt Elam, and Ward has the necessary versatility to win in a variety of sets. Ward is still recovering from foot surgery after screws were inserted to shorten the healing process.
Apr 17 - 1:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler assigned Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward to the Packers at No. 21 in a mock draft published Monday.

Ward hasn't gotten a ton of top-25 buzz, but he's a prospect who could take on helium as we get closer to draft day. Ward should benefit from the NFL's increased desire to identify playmaking, versatile safeties. "Green Bay has a need at free safety and although it would be somewhat uncharacteristic for Ted Thompson to go safety in the first round, Ward gives the Packers an instant upgrade in the secondary," wrote Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 17 - 10:47 PM

Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo attended Northern Illinois' pro day to scout S Jimmie Ward, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Ward ran an unofficial 4.47 second 40-yard dash despite a small fracture in his foot that forced him out of February's combine. Ward will undergo surgery next week and will be healthy in time for the draft. The Ravens are reportedly on the prowl for a free safety because they intend to shift Matt Elam to his natural strong safety position. Ward would fit like a glove.
Mar 8 - 12:19 PM

NIU S Jimmie Ward will undergo surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot next week.

The six-to-eight week recovery timetable ensures that Ward will be healthy in time for the draft, and ready to go for minicamp. Ward is a versatile prospect capable of lining up in the slot or playing effective center field. If a safety-hungry team misses out on Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor, they'd do well to snatch up Ward, whom Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes is Pryor's equal.
Mar 7 - 6:36 PM

NIU S Jimmie Ward was timed by one scout at 4.47 seconds on two forties at the school's pro day.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris has said Ward is a top three safety in this class and has a legitimate chance to be a first-round pick. Ward's versatility to play corner, line up in the slot, or cover ground in the deeper portions of the field could lead to some Kenny Vaccaro comparisons.
Mar 7 - 1:12 PM

Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward is now the third ranked prospect at the position, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

Ward surpassed Deone Bucannon (No. 4) and Lamarcus Joyner (No. 5) on the rankings. He is still squarely behind Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor on nearly everyone's rankings, but Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees Pryor and Ward on nearly the same level. Do not be surprised if the NIU Husky is a first-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 10:11 AM

After studying NIU's Jimmie Ward, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah called the S "instinctive, rangy and physical."

The former NFL scout adds Ward has great ball skills. Our own Josh Norris has listed Ward as a fringe top-30 prospect and believes he will be selected in the first-round after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor. Ward also has the versatility to line up over receivers or tight ends near the line of scrimmage.
Mar 3 - 11:11 AM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that NIU S Jimmie Ward will not be taking part in Tuesday’s defensive backs workout.

"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," Pauline wrote. Ward had no discomfort, or indication of an injury prior to the Combine and fully planned on taking part in Tuesday’s showcase.
Feb 25 - 7:22 AM

NFL.com's Mike Huguenin deemed NIU S Jimmie Ward "probably the No. 1 strong safety on numerous draft boards."

Ward "can solidify that spot with a strong combine," Huguenin believes. "Ward (5-foot-10, 191 pounds) played in the shadow of NIU QB Jordan Lynch but is a vastly better pro prospect. He is more quick than fast, but his 40 time still bears watching." Ward, a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award last season, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is so skilled in coverage that he often lined up in the slot.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 6:00 PM

CBS Sports's Rob Rang deemed NIU S Jimmie Ward the "Senior Bowl's most impressive pass defender this year."

"Scouts knew heading into the Senior Bowl that Ward possessed the fluidity and instincts to cover but competition in the MAC is much different than in Mobile," Rang wrote. Ward (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) is "athletic enough to handle deep coverage, as well as slide down to cover slot receivers," according to the evaluator. Ward, considered a good leader, was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award last season, given annually to the nation's top defensive back.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 7:59 PM