NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward

Posted on April 07, 2014 by Phil Gentile

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Height: 5'11

Weight: 192 lbs

Class: Senior


Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesPDINT
2010NIU2010
2011NIU10051
2012NIU104143
2013NIU95107


What the experts are saying about him.......

"He's not a big safety, but he fits today's NFL with his coverage ability and he makes so many impact plays. He could go second or third round, but he's going to be a fast riser."

- Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN


"Jimmie Ward has done a great job, A, in his career, and then, B, at the Senior Bowl. I think the only negative on him is that teams worry about his durability. But the kid never misses a game anyway. It's just the size that worries the teams."

- Mike Mayock, NFL Network


"Ward definitely looks the part of an NFL free safety. He's compact and quick and has exceptional burst to close on the ball once he identifies where it's going. While not the incredible tackler some of the other safeties in the class are, Ward is a wrap-up player who will bring down ball-carriers in space."

- Matt Miller, Bleacher Report



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2014 NFL Draft by Position: Safety

April 05, 2014

Breaking down the top five safety options in May's NFL Draft

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