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Draft Scout Jimmie Ward News
05/12/14 - QUOTES TO NOTE: "I think there's a lot of MAC pride that'll be working to his advantage. just ask Joe Staley." - Jim Harbaugh on evaluating first-round pick Jimmie Ward, who came from a non BCS conference school. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - 49ers deepen roster with 12 picks in draft...The San Francisco 49ers entered the draft with 11 picks -- including six in the first three rounds - with one of the NFL's deepest rosters. And they made it even deeper. Instead of taking 11 picks, the 49ers made 12 after a bevy of trades on the second night landed another fourth-round pick on Saturday. That came just hours after acquiring wide receiver Stevie Johnson from the Buffalo Bills for a 2015 draft pick. In acquiring that fourth-round selection next year, they essentially landed Johnson for free.
The 49ers had two pressing needs they needed to fill at wide receiver and cornerback. With the addition of Johnson and fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington of South Carolina, they quickly went from needy to deep at the position. San Francisco used its first-round pick on safety Jimmie Ward - a hard-hitting safety from Northern Illinois - who will start his pro career at the nickel position vacated by Carlos Rogers, who the team released at the start of free agency clearing up more than $6 million in cap space. Then, they spent three picks on cornerbacks on day three of the draft. With those needs addressed, the 49ers were able to stick to their draft board and use their other picks to add depth, prepare for the future and take chances on players with upside. "Talking to the youngsters, their parents, their family," head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "You hear the excitement and roars in the background. These last three days were signature days for these families, life-changing moments." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 1/30 -- Jimmie Ward, S, 5-11, 193, Northern Illinois...Ward is an impact defensive back that will come in and play the nickel position right away while learning to play safety behind veteran Antoine Bethea. The 49ers signed Bethea to immediately replace Donte Whitner, but Bethea will turn 30 prior to training camp. Ward is the long-term option at safety that is versatile enough to make an impact his rookie season. - The Sports Xchange
05/11/14 - The Cowboys didn't draft a safety until the seventh round largely because they feel good about the young safeties on the roster. They would have taken Jimmie Ward of North Illinois if he was available in the second. He was gone in the first. They Cowboys didn't think anyone else was better than what they already have in J.J. Wilcox, Jeff Heath, Barry Church, Jakar Hamilton and Matt Johnson.
"After that, we felt like we were getting a lot of what we had," executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "We like J.J. We like Church. We like Heath. We will see how these guys play out," Jones said. "We got a little on the come in Jakar Hamilton, and we'll see what Matt Johnson does. "We mixed in a few guys with them tonight, and let them go out there and compete. I feel pretty comfortable there. More comfortable than people from the outside looking in." - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 33/1. Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois, 5-11, 193, 4.48, 1-2...Ward has football smarts and puts himself in position to succeed, using his speed and range to cover the deep half of the field. He came off a 95-tackle, seven interception senior season at NIU and then further impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl. NFLDdraftScout.com's Rob Rang said Ward was the Senior Bowl's most impressive pass defender. He set school-record with three punt blocks as a freshman in 2010. Frankly: Perhaps because the NFL has plenty of destructive tight ends, Ward's value increased since the end of season and might have jumped higher or earlier if he were taller. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com