Photo of Jimmie Ward
Grade
5.12 ?
  • 9 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 193LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

2013: Third-team All-American, first-team All-MAC, and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. 2012: First-team All-MAC pick after starting all 13 games. Made 14 tackles in Orange Bowl against Florida State. 2011: First-team All-MAC pick after playing in 14 games and starting 12. Made six tackles and had an interception in the MAC Championship Game against Ohio. 2010: Played in 13 games, and set a school record with three blocked punts.

Analysis

Strengths

Flies around the field. Aggressive run supporter. Shoots downhill and chops down ball carriers. Breaks on throws and shows short-area burst to close. Has quick hands to snatch interceptions. Confident and energetic. Productive -- registered 300 tackles and 11 INTs in three seasons as a starter. Has a special-teams mentality and four blocked kicks to his credit.

Weaknesses

Size is just adequate -- lacks ideal bulk and is built more like a cornerback than a safety. Can be a tick late diagnosing pass, gaining depth and digesting route combos. Lacks elite top-end speed. Has man-coverage limitations. Inconsistent downfield ball reactions with his back to the throw. Limited functional strength to discard blockers when he gets snagged. Shows lower-body stiffness in space. Has some maturing to do and needs to learn what it means to prepare like a pro. Could rub some people the wrong way.

Bottom Line

Wiry, active, aggressive strong safety at his best playing downhill and reacting to plays in front him. Lacks starter-caliber size, instincts, range and cover skills, but could serve as a backup and special-teams contributor.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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