The Cleveland Browns made a surprise pick with the 38th overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft, taking Oregon safety T.J. Ward.
Ward’s junior year, 2008, was his only full season as a starter. He was a backup as a freshman and sophomore, and his senior season was cut short by injury. In fact, Ward has a long history of knee and ankle injuries, which is why it’s a bit of a surprise that he went as high as he did.
Many observers thought the Browns would take a quarterback, either Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen or Texas’s Colt McCoy. But Holmgren meant it when he said he didn’t think much of Clausen.
So instead of a quarterback, the Browns got a safety who will be a starter if he’s healthy. The only problem is that’s a pretty big “if.”