Senior Bowl: Defensive ends who should be on the New Orleans Saints radar

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Jan 26, 2016; Fairhope, AL, USA; South squad defensive end Shawn Oakman of Baylor (2) leads defensive players as they run through special teams drills during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 26, 2016; Fairhope, AL, USA; South squad defensive end Shawn Oakman of Baylor (2) leads defensive players as they run through special teams drills during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jihad Ward
Dec 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Jihad Ward (17) in game action against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Louisiana Tech beat Illinois 35-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

Next is the 6-foot-5, 296-pound Jihad Ward out of Illinois.  Not too many people have really heard of his name, and then Senior Bowl practice started.  He has been getting in the backfield on a consistent basis.

A big, heavy guy like that who is be able to rush from the end spot like he does definitely shouldn’t be overlooked.  Ward actually is considered a defensive tackle, but they’re using him at defensive end in the Senior Bowl practices and it’s looking like it’s paying off for him.

Flexibility is something that can help your stock in the draft and for him to be able to play both positions is a big plus.  He would be a nice pick for the New Orleans Saints in the later rounds.

Next: Shawn Oakman

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