One Safety prospect the Eagles might have interest in is Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois. He is at the Combine, but Tony Pauline reports Ward won’t be able to work out.
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.
Combine medical procedures dictate that Ward not be allowed to participate even if he wanted to (similar to Austin Sefarian-Jenkins). Like Sefarian-Jenkins, the situation is surprising in that the player had been running and training without any discomfort, or indication of an injury. Ward came to Indianapolis planning to fully take part in Tuesday’s showcase. Ward had been working out at the same facility as Jadeveon Clowney and Jerick McKinnon, two players who’ve exceeded expectations the past two days in combine workouts.
As first reported Thursday, Ward was expected to perform extremely well in all areas of Tuesday’s on field workout. In fact, Ward has been consistently running 40 times in the 4.4s. Multiple teams have Ward behind only Calvin Pryor and HaHa Clinton-Dix among the safety population.
Ward lacks ideal size at 5-11, 193, but he is up 2 pounds from the Senior Bowl. Ward has outstanding cover skills and some think he could be a slot corner.