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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

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch's best chance to stick in the NFL is as a DB.

Lynch, open to a position change, worked out at QB and DB at Northern Illinois' pro day earlier this month. "While I certainly understand the intrigue with Lynch playing running back or wide receiver at the next level due to his remarkable production as a dual-threat playmaker for the Huskies, I believe a move to safety would give him the best chance to carve out a nice career as a pro," wrote Brooks. Lynch (6-foot 3/8, 220 pounds) simply doesn't possess the arm strength to play QB in the NFL. "Lynch will face an uphill climb to make a roster following a position switch, but his ability to contribute as a playmaker on special teams could buy him enough time to master the nuances of the position while making contributions as an active player," wrote Brooks, who himself moved from WR to DB with the Packers in 1996.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 8:18 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

Jordan Lynch worked out at QB and DB at Northern Illinois' Pro Day.

In addition, Lynch participated as a RB in Indy at the combine. Lynch (6-foot-0 3/8, 220 pounds) has poor hand size (8' 3/4) and a noodle arm. While he has no chance of sticking as an NFL QB, he showed the requisite athletic ability and toughness in college to be given an opportunity at a non-throwing position.
Mar 7 - 10:29 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

ESPN.com's Steve Muench said Northern Illinois senior QB Jordan Lynch "stared down his receivers and telegraphed throws" at Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Lynch, who also struggled in practices during the week, consistently looking "uncomfortable in the pocket," according to Muench, started the game 1-for-5 with two picks. He finished 2-for-7 for three yards. "In addition, he lowered his eyes and turned into a one-dimensional scrambler when the West pressured him. He made it too easy for the back seven to step up when he got moved off the spot," Muench wrote. To add insult to injury, Lynch (6-foot-0 3/8, 220 pounds) had poor hand size measurements (8' 3/4). He's now in danger of not getting selected in May's draft.
Jan 21 - 9:51 AM

Northern Illinois senior QB Jordan Lynch accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Although Lynch proved to be one of the best rushing quarterbacks in collegiate history, he has plenty to prove to scouts this winter. If he hopes to stick behind center at the next level, Lynch will have to display improved mechanics, pocket awareness and accuracy. He's a candidate to move positions. Lynch rushed for 1,920 yards in 2013, the all-time record for an NCAA quarterback. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Lynch will go at some point in the last three rounds in May's draft.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 08:57:00 PM

NIU senior QB Jordan Lynch completed 20 of 35 passes for 216 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Thursday's 21-14 loss to Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Lynch entered the game 119 rushing yards shy of becoming the first player to rush for 2,000 yards and throw for 2,000 in a single season. Utah State, which had allowed just two 100-yard rushers all season, held him to 39 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts. Lynch rushed for 1,920 yards in 2013, the all-time record for an NCAA quarterback. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Lynch will go between the fifth and seventh rounds in May's draft.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 03:17:00 PM


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