Scouting Report: Eli Ward
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 200 40: 4.71 Pos: S
Bio: Three-year starter 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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