The file on Jimmie Ward
Jimmie Ward was an honorable mention 6A All-State defensive back in Alabama as a senior. He was a two-star recruit out of high school according to rivals.com. He decided on Northern Illinois over New Mexico and LA Monroe. Ward played in all 14 games as a true freshman, adding three blocked punt and 27 total tackles. As a sophomore, Ward earned Second Team All Mid-American Conference. He played in 14 games (starting 12) and recorded 100 tackles. Ward blocked a punt in the opening game of the season against Army.
Ward was named a first team All Mid-American Conference player as a junior in 2012. He tallied a career-high 104 tackles and added three interceptions with 14 pass deflections. He made a career-high 14 tackles against Florida State in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
As a senior, Ward was named a first team All-American by USA Today. He totaled 95 tackles in leading the Huskies to a 12-2 record. The Jim Thorpe Award finalist led the MAC with seven interceptions in 2013.
Ward did not work out at the Combine because of a foot injury. He repped 225 pounds nine times. He ran an unofficial 4.47-second 40 time at his Pro Day. On May 8, 2014, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Ward with the No. 30 overall pick in the first round. According to CSN Bay Area Insider Matt Maiocco, "He has a chance to compete for playing time as the slot corner. But, more than likely, he will be a special-teams standout in his first year and eventually work into a starting job in future seasons. "