Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ducks' Ward visits with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS -- University of Oregon safety T.J. Ward took official predraft visits with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The two-time honorable-mention All-Pac 10 selection also had two private workouts with undisclosed teams.

At the NFL scouting combine, he had roughly 10 formal interviews. That included meetings with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets.

Ward has drawn second-round grades from NFL teams and is projected to go anywhere from that spot to the fourth round.

Ward is regarded as a hard hitter who has excelled in classroom work with NFL teams, displaying his football savvy.

The 5-foot-11, 211-pounder ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at his campus Pro Day workout, improving on his 4.54 from the NFL scouting combine where he bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times and posted a 34-inch vertical leap.

His 4.12 20-yard shuttle at his Pro Day ranks him ahead of Taylor Mays, Nate Allen and Chad Jones.

Invited to the East-West Shrine all-star game, Ward recorded 190 career tackles, 13 pass deflections and three interceptions. He forced five fumbles over the past two seasons.

Ward has drawn praise from NFL draft analyst Gil Brandt, a former Cowboys executive.

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