Raiders sign second-rounder Jihad Ward

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The Raiders have steadily built what should be a solid defense this offseason, and got another member of that under contract today.

The Raiders announced they had signed defensive lineman Jihad Ward, their second-round pick.

The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder from Illinois figures to go into a deepening rotation up front, with the ability to play end or tackle depending on their alignment.

After throwing free agent cash at pass-rusher Bruce Irvin and cornerback Sean Smith and using a first-round pick on safety Karl Joseph, the Raiders will be expecting bigger things from a group which showed potential last year, even if they’re not quite ready to challenge the Broncos as the best defense in the division.

20 responses to “Raiders sign second-rounder Jihad Ward

  1. When they drafted this guy I almost screamed considering some of the other ‘names’ still available- but the more I have read about him the more excited I am to see him in that D-Line rotation. Could really make an impact with Edwards as ends in a 3-4 with Mack and Irvin (and eventually Smith) coming from the outside.

  2. Well a lot of the media ripped the raiders for this pick, yet while all the one’s in the know say this may be the pick of the draft. Time will tell, but here is hoping so.

    Go Raiders, Go Reggie!!!!

  3. ‘Jihad’ doesn’t actually mean holy war- but that is the association that we commonly make with it and it is used to describe such

  4. Get used to hearing good things about Mark Davis because it’s going to start real soon. The successful owners are the ones who hire good personnel evaluators, and Reggie McKenzie is proving that he is a master. This kid Ward is an absolute stud. McKenzie is building a great roster.

  5. LOL.. go watch a full game of this guy and tell me about anything that remotely stands out. He was not good. Good measurables though sure.

  6. They might wanna focus on not being the worst defense in the division first.

    The Chiefs defense is light years ahead of this second tier squad.

  7. cantfakethefunk says:
    May 18, 2016 5:29 PM
    LOL.. go watch a full game of this guy and tell me about anything that remotely stands out. He was not good. Good measurables though sure.
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    I guess you didn’t catch any of the senior bowl and any of the practices, or recaps.?

  8. The Raiders have drafted in the top ten for the last 14 years yet that cannot put a .500 team on the field. Why is that exactly? Oh, wait for it…………16-48 Mckenzie is the the best GM in the WORLD. Hilarious!!

  9. cantfakethefunk says:
    May 18, 2016 5:29 PM

    LOL.. go watch a full game of this guy and tell me about anything that remotely stands out. He was not good. Good measurables though sure.
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    Edwards Jr. didn’t do much in college, either. McKenzie seems to like picking potential over production in the 2nd round.

  10. raiderapologist says:
    May 19, 2016 9:41 AM
    cantfakethefunk says:
    May 18, 2016 5:29 PM

    LOL.. go watch a full game of this guy and tell me about anything that remotely stands out. He was not good. Good measurables though sure.
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    Edwards Jr. didn’t do much in college, either. McKenzie seems to like picking potential over production in the 2nd round.
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    one thing about Mario Edwards he was the top recruit in the nation coming out of high school similar to how Robert Nkemdiche was this year…the way it is now these kids know at a young age when they are a top recruit, that are in for the big money. They just don’t want to get hurt until they are eligible.

    Ward on the other hand is so raw, that he is 100% about potential, but has such huge upside he was worth the risk. People talk about him only having a couple of sacks his senior year, but if not mistaken Richard Seymour only had a couple his senior year as well. Similar to Seymour Ward at the same age is 6’5 298, while Seymour was 6’6 299…..

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