Jihad Ward   #51 DE

Height: 6-5   Weight: 290   Age: 25

Born: 5/11/1994 Philadelphia , PA

College: Illinois

Experience: 4th season

High School: Edward Bok Area Vo-Tech HS [Philadelphia, PA]









Draft 2016

Pick No.44

Selected By: Oakland Raiders

Round: 2

Pick (Overall): 13 (44)

Pick Analysis: Considering that Jihad (pronounced juh-HODD) Ward went from receiver/safety to the defensive line during his time in junior college, the sky's the limit once he really knows what to do with his size and strength. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by league coaches (51 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four fumble recoveries) in his first season with the Illini, playing inside and outside and using his huge wingspan to swallow ball carriers. Ward, who wears jersey number 17 because that was his motherís age when he was born, didnít have the same production as a senior (3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks) but still earned honorable mention notice due to his strong play.


Video Playlist

  1. 2016 Combine workout: Jihad Ward

    Published: March 15, 2016 at 02:58 p.m.

    Watch Illinois DL Jihad Ward work out at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.

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