According to Nick Shook of NFL.com, the Cleveland Browns are among the teams that will be bringing CB Denzel Ward in for a pre-draft visit. Unlike some of the other players Cleveland has been bringing in, Ward is a legitimate candidate to be selected with the No. 4 overall pick of the draft.
Ward (5-10, 191 lbs) played for Ohio State and was born in Macedonia, Ohio. The Browns will be having their local prospect day Monday in Berea, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. If Ward visits on that day, then he won’t count toward the team’s 30-prospect limit for visits to Berea. Otherwise, he would count.
Here is what Dane Brugler of CBS Sports says about Ward:
He became Ohio State’s top corner in 2017, playing primarily left cornerback in the Buckeyes’ press-quarters man scheme. A speed demon with twitchy athleticism, Ward competes with the balance, patience and movement skills to mirror receivers in press coverage, also showing a decisive reactor to make plays on the ball. His lack of size and build immediately stands out, but he plays such tight coverage on film that it usually must be a perfect throw to complete the pass. Overall, Ward’s lack of inches shows at times in coverage and as a run defender, but he is a premier athlete with the budding instincts and required toughness to be trusted vs. NFL receivers on an island, either on the outside or in the slot – one of the top defensive prospects in the 2018 draft class.
And here is PFF touting just how good Ward was in coverage last year: