Cleveland Brown cornerback Denzel Ward, a veteran of Ohio State and Nordonia High School, said his first big-money purchase after being the fourth overall pick in this year’s NFL draft was a gift to his mother, Nicole, on Mother’s Day.

"I’m paying her house off. So, she doesn’t have to worry about that anymore," Ward told NFL Total Access host Lindsay Rhodes in an interview Tuesday night.

The interview came after a rookie minicamp May 4 to 6, where Ward got his first chance to start working pro plays with his new teammates.

Ward’s selection comes less than two years after he lost his father, Paul, who died of a heart attack in June 2016.

Ward led the 2014 Nordonia Knights to one of the school’s best seasons, going undefeated 14 games in the regular season while scoring an average of 43 points per game. The team scored more than 50 points per game in the postseason before losing the state Division II final to Cincinnati LaSalle.

He was named the Division II co-defensive player of the year and a first-team Associated Press all-state selection, and he was also named’s defensive player of the year.

At Ohio State, Ward played 38 games in three years before choosing to make himself available for the 2018 draft. In his final year with the Buckeyes, Ward racked up 37 tackles in 13 games, along with 17 passes defended, two of which were interceptions. He earned All-America and first-team all-Big Ten honors.