Jimmie Ward was the main attraction of Northern Illinois’ pro day Friday, which drew representatives from 30 NFL teams, including the defensive backs coaches of the Colts, Giants, Lions and Bears.
Ward (5-10 3/4, 197 pounds), who plays safety, was among 11 players who worked out. He didn’t run at the combine, but he posted times of 4.47 and 4.48 in the 40 on Friday. He had a 38-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump, as well as a 4.24-second short shuttle and 6.89-second 3-cone drill. He’s going in for surgery on his foot this week and will not be able to do anything for about six weeks. Teams will keep a close eye on how he recovers, but I think he’ll be an early second-day pick.
Here are some other notable names:
Jordan Lynch, QB: Lynch (6-0 1/8, 218 pounds) did quarterback drills and completed 53 of his 60 passes, but he also did some safety drills for about 15 minutes and looked pretty good. He posted times of 4.75 and 4.80 in the 40-yard dash. Starting Monday, Lynch will be going through Jon Gruden’s QB evaluation program.
Ken Bishop, DT: Bishop (6-0 1/4, 306 pounds) was not at the combine and did not work out here. He has 32 3/4-inch arms and put up the bar 29 times. If he’s healthy, I think he’ll be a third-day pick or a priority free agent.
Anthony Wells, DL: Wells (6-2 3/4, 291 pounds) had a good pro day. He ran the 40 in 5.08 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.92 and the 3-cone drill in 8.02 seconds. He has 34 1/2-inch arms and put up the bar 25 times.
Sean Evans, CB: Evans (5-10 5/8, 182 pounds) ran the 40 twice, with times of 4.52 and 4.61. He had a 35-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump. He also had a 4.59 short shuttle and a 6.86 3-cone drill. He wasn’t very strong, posting only nine reps in the bench press. He’ll be a free-agent cornerback.