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Drafted in the fourth round (134th overall) in the 2023 NFL Draft out of LSU.
OFF THE FIELD
Older brother Johnny Ward played football at South Florida.
Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.
COLLEGE - LSU
Versatile defensive back who played safety, cornerback and nickel back during his LSU career.
Made 46 career appearances with 23 starts and registered 164 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 6 interceptions.
Developed into a leader in the secondary for the Tigers and served as a coach on the field.
Had breakout season in 2021, ranking among team leaders in tackles with 71.
Followed that with 60 tackles as a senior in 2022.
Also thrived on special teams – blocked a field goal in fourth quarter against Arkansas that helped preserve LSU win in 2020. Also had a blocked field goal against Auburn in 2021.
Rookie S Jay Ward Lays The Boom, Causing A Sack and Fumble
Minnesota Vikings rookie safety Jay Ward lays the BOOM on sack fumble vs. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Clayton Tune to set up Vikings in prime scoring position following fumble recovery by linebacker Troy Reeder.
Film Room: How Jay Ward's Diverse Skillset Will Benefit The Vikings Defense
Former Vikings player and coach Pete Bercich heads back into the film room to look at the college tape of S Jay Ward, the team's 2023 fourth round pick out of LSU.
Ward: You Dream of This Moment Since You Were A Child
S Jay Ward addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Friday.
Jay Ward on What Makes Him A 'Relentless Baller,' His Ability To Play Both Safety and Corner, Plus More
vikings.com's Gabe Henderson chatted with S Jay Ward, a fourth round pick by the Vikings out of LSU in the 2023 NFL Draft.
S Jay Ward Addresses The Media
Vikings S Jay Ward, a 5th round pick out of LSU, addressed the media virtually on Saturday.
Vikings Select S Jay Ward In Round 4 of 2023 NFL Draft
The Minnesota Vikings select LSU Tigers S Jay Ward in Round 4 of the 2023 NFL Draft with the No. 134 overall pick (via a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs).
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