jimmie ward

Round: First, 30th overall

Position: Safety/cornerback

School: Northern Illinois

Height, weight: 5-11, 193

Resume: Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist with a career-high seven interceptions last season. Started 39 of 55 games. Blocked four punts. Was All-Mid American Conference first team in 2013. Interception set up winning field goal over Iowa. Had foot surgery March 11 for a Jones fracture, on his fifth metatarsal. Ran 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Attended Davidson High (Mobile, Alabama). Born July 18, 1991, in Racine, Wisconsin.

Quote: "He's got energy. He's a bright-eyed guy, he has a great smile, he's very confident. The stage isn't going to be too big for him. This guy loves to compete, loves the game of football," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.