Oakland Raiders Select Illinois DE Jihad Ward in the 2nd Round of the 2016 NFL Draft


The Oakland Raiders have selected Illinois DE Jihad Ward in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

DE, 6-6, 295
Philadelphia, Pa. / Bok Vo-Tech HS / Globe Tech (NY)


2015 Senior**:

  • All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media
  • Ted Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List (best defensive end)
  • Started all 12 games on the defensive line
  • Ended his career with 25 consecutive starts
  • 53 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, two PBUs, two QB hurries one forced fumble and one fumble recovery
  • Career-high 11 tackles, including nine solo, at Iowa
  • 1.0 TFL, 0.5 sack at Purdue
  • Sack for an 8-yard loss at Penn State
  • Fumble recovery and nine tackles vs. Middle Tennessee
  • Forced fumble vs. Wisconsin
  • Seven tackles vs. Ohio State
  • Illini's Wright Commitment to Excellence Award winner


2014 Junior**

  • Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honoree
  • Started all 13 games at defensive end
  • Totaled 51 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 3.0 sacks, five QB hurries, two forced fumbles and one PBU on the season
  • Ranked second in FBS and led the Big Ten with four fumbles recovered
  • Voted Illinois' Defensive Newcomer of the Year
  • Turned a trifeca in win at Northwestern with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery on the same play
  • Had a career day against Penn State, recording six tackles, a career-high two TFLs, one sack and one QB hurry
  • Had a fumble recovery that ended a potential scoring drive in the fourth quarter of win over Minnesota
  • Started against Western Kentucky and combined with Dawuane Smoot on a fourth-quarter sack that forced a fumble and set up the UI touchdown that sealed the win
  • Started in his Illini debut against Youngstown State and recorded five tackles

Junior College

  • Four-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports
  • Three-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 6 junior college player in the nation by 247Sports, No. 23 by Scout and No. 35 by ESPN.com
  • Ranked the No. 2 junior college defensive tackle by 247Sports, No. 7 by Scout and No. 9 by ESPN.com
  • Played in seven games in 2013, racking up 26 tackles, three TFLs and two sacks
  • Had 55 tackles and eight sacks in 2012

High School

  • Also played wide receiver in high school
  • Played in Philadelphia Eagles Public vs. Non-Public City All-Star game at Lincoln Financial Field in spring 2012
  • First-team All-City in 2011 and second-team All-City in 2010


  • First name pronounced juh-HODD
  • Born March 11, 1994
  • Son of Kareema Ward
  • Has two brothers and two sisters
  • Says his favorite athlete is NFL star Julius Peppers
  • Lists his high school coaches as the biggest influences on his athletic career
  • Majoring in sport management

Career Highs
Tackles: 11 at Iowa, 10/10/15
Solos: 9 at Iowa, 10/10/15
TFL: 2.0 vs. Penn State, 11/22/14
Sacks: 1.0, three times (last at Penn State, 10/31/15)
PBUs: 1, three times (last vs. Ohio State, 11/14/15)
QBH: 1, five times (last vs. Nebraska, 10/3/15)
FF: 1, twice (last at Northwestern, 11/29/14)
FR: 1, five times (last vs. Middle Tennessee, 9/26/15)

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