NFL Draft

Denzel Ward
Int Yds TDs
Team: Ohio State BuckeyesHeight: 5-10 Born: N/A
Position: CBWeight: 191 Hometown: Macedonia, Ohio
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr

Scouting Report


While Ward's relative lack of size may hurt him in the NFL, he'll more than make up for it with his athletic ability and technique. Ward is at his best when playing press coverage, because he can use his quick-twitch reflexes in concert with his fundamentals to lock down most receivers. Quarterbacks looking to pick on this rookie might figure out they're better off finding a veteran to go after. His future defensive coordinator will also gain a versatile performer. At times in 2017, Ward took successful turns as a slot cornerback, helping the Buckeyes better contain tight ends.


If Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is the top-ranked cornerback in this draft class, Ward is an equally solid No. 2, and some teams evaluating Fitzpatrick as a safety will put Ward above Fitzpatrick. He'll never be able to do anything about being 5-11, and he isn't the guy if you want a cornerback who can support the run, but Ward is a freakish athlete.

No corner in the draft can match his pure explosive athleticism, vertical or broad jump, qualities which will appeal to an NFL team measuring Ward as a lockdown cornerback. While Ward only picked off two passes in his Ohio State career, his coverage skills and confidence could make him a top 10 overall pick.


First Round

--Field Level Media

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2015 OhioSt  11 0
2016 OhioSt  13 0
2017 OhioSt  11 2
Career   35 2

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2017 OhioSt  11 1 10 10.0 0 0 0 - 0
Career   35 1 10 10.0 0 0 0 - 0
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