Nov 20, 2013; Toledo, OH, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies safety Jimmie Ward (15) warms up before the game against the Toledo Rockets at Glass Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Draft Targets: Jimmie Ward Visits

 

The Vikings made a move to shore up their safety depth this offseason, signing former Eagle Kurt Coleman to a one-year deal, but that doesn’t mean they are not looking at that position in the draft as well.

In fact, the Vikings have taken a look at several safeties during the pre-draft process. Deone Bucannon was one of their visits, and now we’ve learned, per Adam Caplan, that they also visited with Northern Illinois SS Jimmie Ward.

The 5-11, 193 pound Ward may be a little undersized as a safety, but scouts like his versatile skill set. Given his size, there are some who think he might be better used as a corner. But he tackles well enough to play safety and his coverage skills mean he can line up one-on-one against receivers.

Ward’s combo skill set could intrigue the Vikings. Jamarca Sanford has nice ability as in in-the-box defender but struggles when called upon to cover receivers and tight ends. Kurt Coleman represents a slight upgrade in the coverage department, but he’s not as good against the run as Sanford.

Ward has a more multi-faceted game. Mike Zimmer likes using his safeties all over the field, so he might prefer a player like Ward who gives him that flexibility.

A lot of other teams have recently become intrigued by Ward as well, prompting many to nudge him into the late first round on their mocks.

Like The Viking Age on Facebook.
Follow TVA on Twitter.
Subscribe to the Fansided Daily Newsletter. Sports news all up in your inbox.

Next Vikings Game Full schedule »
Sunday, Oct 2626 Oct1:00at Tampa Bay BuccaneersBuy Tickets

Tags: Jimmie Ward Minnesota Vikings

comments powered by Disqus