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Browns select T.J. Ward with 38th overall selection

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

The Browns selected T.J. Ward with the 38th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Ward, a 5-foot-10 1/2 and 212-pound defensive back from Oregon, is the sixth selection in the second round. He played safety for the Ducks.

Legendary Browns running back Jim Brown announced the selection live on ESPN standing next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert on T.J. Ward:

"We think he is a really good football player. He is a super tough kid. He makes a lot of plays in the run game. We think he can cover. We think he has good athletic ability."

"We think we have really helped our secondary this offseason [with the selection Joe Haden and T.J. Ward]."

"We felt pretty comfortbale that T.J. was going to be there and he was going to be our pick."

"T.J. was a guy we spent a lot of time with. We felt he could come in and help our defense."

"He has a little bit of an injury history [ankle, knee], but we had our doctors work him out and we feel good about him."

"We want football players that are tough and smart. We think we have done that with our first two guys."

"His intelligence and toughness are comparable to Brian Dawkins."

"He just lights people up and that is an intriguing thing for us."

Browns draft pick T.J. Ward:

"Yes, sir I was a walk on. I just used a lot of hard work, heart and determination."

"I am 100 percent. I will be ready for this first minicamp coming up. I am ready to contribute for this coaching staff."

"This year's draft of safeties is a pretty talented."

"I am an agrressive player and I am passionate."

"I feel I am pretty diverse compared to our other safteies."

"I am kind of surpirseid I went this high. When I visited [the Browns], I had a great time with coach Mangini."

"Just having a Hall of Fame player like Jim Brown and the man that he is, say my name was wonderful."

"When I get to the ball carrier I give it everything I have."

"I have been waiting for this my whole life. Now it is here, I have to expand and grow on what got me here."

"I feel really fortunate right now on where I got drafted."

"The way [Jack Tatum] played with the take no prisoner mentality, that is what I try to take the field."

"I think it means doing the right thing when honest person and trusting person."

Notes

-- Ward said he had a knee surgery while at De La Salle High School in Concord, Ca. and during freshman season of college at Oregon.

-- Ward's father Terrell Ward, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 1980 NFL Draft.

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