Scouting Report: T.J. Ward

Written by Rob Engle on April 23, 2010



T.J. Ward


Position: S School: Oregon
Height: 5’10 1/2 Weight: 211 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.59

Overall Grade:

5.88

Draft Projection:

2nd-3rd Round Fringe


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 7
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 6.5


Defensive Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 3
Man Coverage 10 9
Zone Coverage 10 6.5
Tackling 6 5
Run Stopping 6 5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 5.5
Physicality 6 5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.

Experience

Two year starter at Oregon.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: Honorable mention All-Pac 10.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a


Academics

Unknown major at Oregon.

Injuries

Missed 6 games in 2009 with an ankle injury.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 61 38 23 0 2 1 0
2008 98 68 30 1 4 1 0
2007 21 18 3 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 1 0






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.