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Raiders: Getting to know DE Jihad Ward

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ward_jihad_3The Raiders selected Jihad Ward with the No. 44 overall pick of Friday’s NFL Draft. Here’s what you need to know about him.

College: Illinois

Position: Defensive end

Ht/Wt: 6-foot-6/295 pounds

College highlights: Two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention selection had 4.5 career sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Pros: Raw prospect who has high upside thanks to his length and quickness. Good effort player who should be able to be part of the defensive line rotation.

Cons: Not much experience and hasn’t shown the nastiest needed to be a dominant lineman.

Odds and ends: Mother, Kareema, named him Jihad after a childhood classmate. She didn’t convert to Islam until well after he was born though. … Ward wore No. 17 in college because that was his mother’s age when he was born.

Quotable: “Everybody knows that I didn’t have good numbers last season. But it’s all about getting better at it. You’ve got to learn from your mistakes.” — Ward on his 1.5 sack, 3.5 TFL senior season.

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    just pore that coolaid out anywhere dude

    lol ;-D

  • Someone even asked Eli Apple if he was gay LOL

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Who should we get next guys?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    And what does Jihad mean today?
    Language is everchanging.

  • Miamiraider78

    There’s some that get it and some that don’t.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Clark.

  • LAto_TheBay

    Kentrell Brothers, ILB Mizzou

  • Raider O

    2013?

  • Brings a whole new meaning to “I will put a Jihad on you”

  • R8der4evr

    Guest on a roll
    Give me some lotto numbers!!!

  • rifflicks

    Yes Moron…..McGloin over Manziel

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Someone else with a name that irritates you?

  • Guest123

    UF Bullard to Bears

  • irjonny

    oooh. nice.

  • Lets see how is coming up that has a hurt knee

  • the showman dr robert

    Suddenly the draft seems like the nba.

    Buncha fureigner names.

  • who

  • i got 5 on it

  • Ron69

    With our 3rd round we take rb i guess, i’d say Prosise or Drake

  • Raider O

    A lot of good players left especially RBs

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    They all do

  • rifflicks

    doubt it

  • Dan78

    Thompson bye bye

  • R8der4evr

    Damn nice pick

  • Thec

    f the gints

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Having you been drinking, perchance?

  • Miamiraider78

    Deion Jones Ilb LSU is he still available?

  • Guest123

    BREAKING: Miami Dolphins select RB Kenyon Drake from Alabama.

  • rifflicks

    Flynn’s Irish ya know?

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Three more teams get a shot before we pick again.

  • VanCity21

    I like Devontae Booker another I injured player lol

  • Pass the Kool-Aid, Bro

    no

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Barqs

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Some get it?

  • the showman dr robert

    That’s all u got?

  • they did that while Chicago was on the clock? damn I am impressed!!

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Jeez. SF Giants suck. P

  • Miamiraider78

    just noticed.

  • rifflicks

    Dewodd Farquhar

  • Ron69

    Now there’ll be a big run for rb’s we need to get involved into it.

  • Guest123

    Giants take Darian Thompson

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Pick it O-man!

  • irjonny

    how about kendall fuller to make this blog go nuts with injury talk eh?

  • Dan78

    Who’s your sauce… Tapatio…

  • Historically the Giants draft well

  • Miamiraider78

    love that and sriracha

  • Raider O

    That’s a good pick. I was hoping we get him too.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Took 3 players i liked .. Apple, Shepard and Thompson

  • Ron69

    At some point the run of rb’s will start and need to involved or else.

  • Guest123

    Kenneth Dixon is still hanging around.