The Gophers have a few players hoping to get drafted by an NFL team in late April. Safety Eli Ward…
Scouting Report: Eli Ward
Name: Eli Ward School Minnesota Year 5Sr Ht: 5-11 Wt: 200 40: 4.71 Pos: S Bio: Three year starter named who led the team in tackles last year with 96/3/5 after junior totals of 116/2/5. Pos: Explosive run stuffing safety best playing downhill. Physical, displays a terrific burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene. Hard hitting and wraps up tackling. Solid nose for the ball and quick to diagnose. Does not have a big frame yet strong for his size. Neg: Lacks cover skills, loses opponents in deep coverage and does not make many plays when the ball's in the air. Analysis: Much like former Gopher Tyrone Carter, Ward is a run first/run only safety and his best chance would be in a zone-type system.
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