Scouting Report: T.J. Ward
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Physical safety. Good size, but some teams probably wish he was a little taller. Has good hip rotation and when he came to Oregon they were going to put him at corner. Is excellent in man coverage. Has good instincts. Very good tackler with sound technique. Stops the run well. Breaks on the ball well. Very good in the open field.
Not a fluid athlete, which is one of the reasons he didn’t work out at corner. Doesn’t have great hands and won’t make very many interceptions. Average speed for a safety. Zone coverage needs some work. Not very rangy and does cover sideline-to-sideline very quickly. Potential is limited. Has has a lot of injury issues due to his physical style of play.
TJ Ward was the first played to impress me of the 2009 season. He had an excellent game against Boise State but left early in the second half with an ankle injury (but still tallied 12 tackles!). He has starter potential, and he has a lot to offer on special teams. Mid rounder who could end up being a steal because of the depth of this safety class.
Two year starter at Oregon.
Awards and Honors
2008: Honorable mention All-Pac 10.
Unknown major at Oregon.
Missed 6 games in 2009 with an ankle injury.
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