Nordonia celebrates return of Denzel Ward to play football for Browns. Reported by Craig Webb. LeBron James. Larry Nance Junior. And now Denzel Ward joins the ranks of home-grown athletes to play professionally in Northeast Ohio. As the Number 4 pick by the Browns in the first round of the N.F.L. Draft on Thursday night, the Ohio State cornerback and former Nordonia High School star is now firmly ensconced in local sports lore. Among his family and friends gathered at the draft in Arlington, Texas, was his high school football coach Jeff Fox who rubbed shoulders with another of Ward’s coaches, Urban Meyer of Ohio State.