Ward joins quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was selected with the top pick, as the two anchors of Cleveland's draft class.
Here's the reaction from social media after Ward was announced as the Browns' pick:
Ohio State has been churning out first-round draft picks like no other school in the country in recent years. Ward becomes the fifth member of the Buckeyes secondary to be selected in the first 32 picks since 2016.
Three of them came last year, with Marshon Lattimore going No. 11 to the New Orleans Saints, Malik Hooker going No. 15 to the Indianapolis Colts and Gareon Conley going to the Oakland Raiders at No. 24.
B/R's Matt Miller offered a glowing scouting report that will have Browns fans excited to see what Ward brings to the table in the NFL:
"Denzel Ward was a starter for just one year at Ohio State, so it's OK if you aren't super familiar with him yet or are a little confused about listing him as the No. 10 overall pick. Trust me on this—you will be hearing a lot more about him from now until the draft.
"Ward is a touch undersized at 5'11", 190 pounds, but he's...quick, aggressive and athletic. Playing at the line of scrimmage, he's able to use his length and toughness well in press coverage. You can't watch Ohio State film without marveling at his recovery speed and instincts."
The Browns will be hoping for Ward's unique playmaking skills to provide a boost to their secondary. He was a playmaker extraordinaire in his final season at Ohio State, recording 15 passes defensed and two interceptions in 14 games.
Given the way Ward was able to step up for the Buckeyes after last year's talent exodus, jumping to the NFL shouldn't overwhelm him.
The Browns made the passing game a priority with their top picks in this draft. Mayfield will be assigned the task of becoming their franchise quarterback after winning the Heisman Trophy last year at Oklahoma.
Ward, meanwhile, gets to stay in Ohio to become the anchor of the Browns' secondary. That group finished 19th in passing yards allowed last season but allowed an NFL-worst 68.6 completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks.