5 things to know about Cleveland Browns No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward

Sal Maiorana
Democrat and Chronicle
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The Bills could certainly use help at cornerback and Ohio State Denzel Ward is a possibility at No. 12.

In the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, the Cleveland Browns selected Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. Here are five things you should know about Ward.

1. Denzel Ward has dominated in the state of Ohio since high school

Coming out of high school in Ohio, several schools recruited Ward, and one of them was Syracuse, but the moment Ohio State’s Urban Meyer offered him a scholarship, the decision was made.

2. He was a state champion in track

Ward helped lead Nordonia to the Division II Ohio state championship game his senior year of high school, and was also a standout in track. He won the 2015 state title in the 200-meters (21.65) and also was part of the 4X400 relay team.

3. He's an understudy of Marshon Lattimore and Careon Conley

He did not make his first two interceptions (and only two) until the 2017 season. Part of that was because he played behind two 2017 first-round NFL draft picks, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley. Ward also had 15 pass breakups last season for Ohio State and was named a consensus All-American.

4. He was elite in pass coverage at Ohio State

Using the NFL passer rating metric, Ward allowed just a 52.9 rating in 2017 which would be outstanding if he did that playing in the NFL. Only 35.1 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage area were completed.

5. He was the fastest guy at the NFL Combine

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Ward ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds which tied for the best time of 2017.

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