Originally posted by Ninefan56:
How does Ward compare with Loston, and Buchannon?
Better in coverage, better overall tackler as well. His weaknesses are basically his level of competition and that he's somewhat undersized for the position, not so much height as much as his overall weight, but he shows terrific range in coverage, the quickness and fluidity to stick with smaller slot receivers and he's a very sound tackler when it comes to stopping the run.
His question marks are the kind of question marks that caused highly talented players to get drafted later than they rightfully should have been and then years later, people wonder just how this outstanding player fell as far as he did in the draft and why lesser guys got selected in front of him.
In terms of the big mover at safety in the last draft, Jonathan Cyprien, Ward is far better in coverage and a more reliable and sound tackler. Cyprien was a disappointment, although Jacksonville's entire secondary was a mess but Ward seems more like the free safety type, can be a hybrid safety, he'll play very good coverage but can also move up in the box to stop the run as well. Ward was used more as a traditional safety at NIU, whereas Cyprien was more of a headhunter, heat seeking missile type of player at FIU.
Ward lined up against WR's and TE's regularly, this cannot be overstated, he did very well lined up in coverage 1 on 1, with a guy like Pryor, he spent a lot more time lined up deep and wasn't matching up with slot receivers which is one of the biggest question marks on him.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 14, 2014 at 6:03 PM ]