Oakland Bound: Illinois' Ward goes in second round of NFL Draft


Illinois defensive end Jihad Ward heard his name called at pick No. 44 of the NFL Draft on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Philadelphia native will head to the opposite coast after he was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round.

Ward's selection ends a three-year drought for the Fighting Illini, who last had a player taken in 2013 when three went (Hugh Thornton, Akeem Spence and Michael Buchanan).

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