When the 49ers selected Jimmie Ward with the 30th pick in last month's draft, they were hoping the former standout safety from Northern Illinois could bolster the team's pass defense.It was hoped that Ward, a 5-foot-11, 191-pounder, could adjust quickly to his new role as a slot/nickel cornerback and backup safety and make immediate contributions as a rookie starter.Ward was a physical player at Northern Illinois, and was rated as perhaps the best cover safety in the draft. In their quest to revamp their roster to overtake the Seahawks at the top of the NFC West, the 49ers liked Ward's skills before the draft and believe he can be a key addition to the defense, the way safety Eric Reid was in 2013."He has an instinct to react to play before anyone else sees it," Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group recently. General manager Trent Baalke added that, "There was a lot of like in this guy" throughout the evaluation process."I don't remember watching a bad game (on film) of him, and that stuck with us," Baalke told Inman.But now that rookie camp, organized team activities (OTAs) and full minicamp are out of the way, Ward's status as a potential...