The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive back
Ward was selected by the 49ers in the first round (30th overall) of this year’s draft from the University of Northern Illinois. In 55 games (39 starts) over four seasons with the Huskies, he finished with 320 tackles, 26 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, four forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and four blocked kicks. He was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and two-time All-American. As a senior, Ward started all 14 games at safety, and recorded a team-high 95 tackles, while adding one sack, 2.5 tackles for loss, a conference-best 10 passes defensed and seven interceptions, which ranked 7th in the nation. He was named Second-Team All-America by the NFL Draft Report, Third-Team All-America by the Associated Press and First-Team All-MAC.