CLEVELAND -- Former Nordonia High School standout Denzel Ward was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The pick was announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Thursday night.

Over 26 career games in three seasons with the Buckeyes, Ward registered 47 solo tackles, 20 assists, two stops for lost yardage, two interceptions and 24 passes defended.

Playing behind first-round picks Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore in each of his first two years in Columbus, Ward blossomed into a No. 1 cornerback for the Buckeyes ahead of the 2017 season, and by the end of the year, was a consensus All-American in the secondary.

Ward finished his final season at Ohio State with 30 solo stops, seven assists, two tackles for lost yardage, two interceptions and 15 passes defended.

Browns General Manager John Dorsey believes his new defensive back has a bright future ahead of him back home in Cleveland.

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