Will the Illini football 'Draft Drought' end Thursday?

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Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward has a chance to crack the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday in primetime. Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward has a chance to crack the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday in primetime.
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NFL draft pundits have Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward slotted everywhere from a Top 20 pick to the third round. No matter where he lands, he's almost certain to be the first Illini to break the program's two-year streak of having no players drafted. But here's why the 6-foot-5, 297-pounder is already giving advice to next year's crop of seniors.

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