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

San Francisco 49ers sign Jimmie Ward


For the second consecutive year, the San Francisco 49ers took a defensive back in the NFL Draft.

In 2013, the team moved up to draft former LSU Tigers’ safety Eric Reid with the 18th overall pick. Earlier this month, they used the 30th-overall pick in the 2014 draft to select former North Illinois Huskies’ defensive back Jimmie Ward.

Like other 49ers’ rookies, Ward used a quill pen to ink his name on his contract.

Third-round pick Chris Borland, a former Wisconsin Badgers’ linebacker, also used a quill pen to sign his deal on Thursday.

Ward started at safety for the Huskies last year. He started all 14 games, making 95 tackles, 2.5 for loss, seven interceptions and one sack.. In his career, he made 320 tackles, 11 interceptions and two sacks.  Ward doesn’t have ideal size (5’11, 193 pounds) but the 49ers are very high on him and are looking for him to make an immediate impact.

The 6’0, 248-pound Borland 420 tackles, 50.0 for loss, 17.0 sacks and three interceptions in his college career.

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