Former Illinois defensive lineman and NFL hopeful Jihard Ward is definitely someone that you're going to want to keep an eye on at the NFL Combine later this week.
Ward is listed at 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds on Illinois' official team website, and he is a lock to be among the leaders at his position in the vertical jump. Don't believe me? See for yourself.
Ward only started playing football in 10th grade, and he spent two years in JUCO before transfering to Illinois. In 2015, Ward racked up 54 tackles, 4 1/2 tackles for loss and 2 1/2 sacks.