Oct 5, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Eric Ward (18) catches a pass against Kansas Jayhawks cornerback JaCorey Shepherd (24) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Outlook: Eric Ward

The NFL Draft is stocked full of talent at the wide receiver position and Eric Ward is one of those talented receivers. Eric Ward shocked many including myself when he decided to return to Lubbock for his senior season. Ward has a family to take care of so I felt that his decision would be to forego his senior year and make the jump to the NFL. However, Ward’s education was far more important to him long-term. Which is refreshing in today’s game, it seems many players won’t stay at a school once they are eligible to move on.

Ward is an exceptional route runner and his best trait has to be his hands. He isn’t the biggest receiver on the field but he moves the chains and makes plays. Ward did very well filling the void that Michael Crabtree left when he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. He didn’t exactly meet the production that Crab had but he was the best receiver out of that group.

Eric Ward had his second best season in 2013 after getting off to a slow start. In his first three games he only had 20 receptions and 221 yards during that span. Take away the opener against the SMU Mustangs and Ward only had seven receptions for 71 yards and one score. His touchdowns numbers were down to single digits during his senior campaign but he did amass 31 in his four years. His only multi-touchdown game came in a loss to the Oklahoma Sooners.

According to Rob Rang of CBS Sports, scouts will love what Ward brings to the table.

Ward’s numbers speak for themselves, but it is combination of size, strength and athleticism that has scouts intrigued. The well-built Ward is a reliable route-runner and hands-catcher and has the toughness to handle playing the slot at the next level.

Wreck Em Red put together an Eric Ward highlight video to showcase just how good he was in red and black.

 

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