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Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward visited Ravens, source says

Northern Illinois safety is a projected second-round draft pick

By Aaron Wilson

The Baltimore Sun

7:29 AM EDT, April 17, 2014

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The Ravens have done their due diligence on Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward.

Ward recently visited the Ravens, according to a source.

The Ravens have previously met with Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Washington State safety Deone Bucannon.

Ward has visits with over 10 teams, but he isn't conducting private workouts as he continues to recover from a minor foot surgery in which he had a screw inserted in his foot.

Ward is expected to be medically cleared this spring.

Before Ward underwent the surgery, he had a strong campus Pro Day workout where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds with a 38-inch vertical leap and a  10-5 broad jump.

Ravens secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo attended the workout.

Draft analysts have graded Ward as a potential second-round pick.

Ward was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Back of the Senior Bowl. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder had 95 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior last season.

The Mobile, Ala., native is regarded as interchangeable between free safety and strong safety.

If the Ravens were to draft Ward, his presence could allow the Ravens to move Matt Elam from free safety to his natural strong safety position.
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