Ravens check out Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward at Pro Day workout

The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens continue to evaluate safety draft prospects, and secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo attended Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward's campus Pro Day workout Friday, according to a source.

Ward ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.47 seconds.

This was an important day for Jones, who has a small fracture in his foot that rendered him unable to work out at the NFL scouting combine in February. He's scheduled to undergo surgery soon and will likely have a screw inserted into his foot with the anticipation that he'll be cleared medically later this spring.

Ward is regarded as a potential second-round or third-round draft target by draft analysts.

He can play free safety or strong safety.

Although he lacks ideal size at 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, Ward excelled at the Senior Bowl and draws high marks for intelligence, instincts speed and productivity.

He had 95 tackles and seven interceptions last season.

The Ravens are expected to shift Matt Elam from free safety to his natural strong safety position and would like to acquire a play-making centerfielder to work in tandem with Elam, whose strong suits are his tackling and blitzing capabilities.


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