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Cover 2: Fresno State WR Davante Adams & Northern Illinois SS Jimmie Ward

Posted May 6, 2014

Cover 2 is a daily look at players on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects in the 25 days leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

The following players who entered the 2014 NFL Draft were ranked in Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 (as of April 1). Click below for a write-up of each duo:

RB Carlos Hyde/RB Bishop Sankey | LB Khalil Mack/TE Eric Ebron | LB Anthony Barr/TE Jace Amaro |
LB C.J. Mosley/TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins | LB Ryan Shazier/LB Chris Borland |
OT Greg Robinson/DE Jadeveon Clowney | OT Jake Matthews/DT Aaron Donald |
OT Taylor Lewan/DT Timmy Jernigan | OT Zack Martin/DT Louis Nix III |
OT Morgan Moses/DT Ra’Shede Hageman | OT Cyrus Kouandjio/DE Kony Ealy |
G Xavier Su’a-Filo/DE Dee Ford | G Brandon Thomas/DE Stephon Tuitt |
QB Teddy Bridgewater/DE Demarcus Lawrence | QB Johnny Manziel/DT Dominique Easley |
QB Blake Bortles/QB Derek Carr | WR Sammy Watkins/CB Justin Gilbert |
WR Mike Evans/FS Calvin Pryor | WR Odell Beckham Jr./FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix |
WR Marqise Lee/CB Darqueze Dennard | WR Kelvin Benjamin/CB Bradley Roby |
WR Brandin Cooks/CB Kyle Fuller | WR Jarvis Landry/CB Jason Verrett |
WR Davante Adams/SS Jimmie Ward | WR Paul Richardson/CB Lamarcus Joyner

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State, Sophomore (redshirt)

College stats: Adams was twice selected first-team All-Mountain West (2012-13). He was second-team All-America after leading FBS with 131 receptions and 24 touchdowns in 2013. Adams also finished second nationally with 1,718 receiving yards in his second season. After redshirting 2011, Adams started all 13 games in 2012 and led the Mountain West Conference with 102 receptions, 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Combine measurements: Height: 6 feet, 1 inch; Weight: 212 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds; Bench press: 14 reps; Vertical jump: 39.5 inches (tied for third among WRs); Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches; 3-cone drill: 6.82 seconds; 20-yard shuttle: 4.30 seconds  

Jeremiah’s ranking: 42nd out of the top 50 prospects


Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois, Senior

College stats: Ward was third-team All-America, first-team All-MAC and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2013 after nabbing seven interceptions (tied for second-highest total nationally) and returning one for a touchdown. He had 95 tackles (62 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and one forced fumble. Ward was first-team All-MAC in 2012 after recording 104 tackles (65 solo), including 14 in the Orange Bowl and swiping three interceptions. He was first-team All-MAC in 2011 after posting 100 tackles (48 solo) and making his first career interception in the MAC Championship. Ward played in 13 games as a freshman in 2010 and set a school record by blocking three punts.

Combine measurements: Height: 5 feet, 11 inches; Weight: 193 pounds

Combine performances: Bench press: nine reps; Ward’s medical exam at the combine revealed a stress fracture in his foot that prevented him from participating in other drills.  

Jeremiah’s ranking: 45th out of the top 50 prospects

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