Denzel Ward
Denzel Ward
24-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Cleveland Browns
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Ward, the No. 4 overall pick in 2018, did not repeat his Pro-Bowl rookie season, but he was the Browns' top cover man in 2019, per Pro Football Focus. He struggled to get on the field due to a hamstring issue and later was limited by an ankle, finishing with 44 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown. He's yet to play a full 16 games over his two NFL seasons, so at some point durability could be an issue that creeps into seasonal outlooks. If he's healthy, the Browns will ask Ward will go toe-to-toe with opponent's best wideouts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $29.17 million contract with the Browns in July of 2018. Browns exercised $13.3 million team option for 2022 in April of 2021.
Cleveland secures fifth-year option
CBCleveland Browns
April 23, 2021
The Browns exercised Ward's $13.3 million fifth-year option for the 2022 season on Friday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 23-year-old has been a key piece in the secondary for Cleveland since being drafted fourth overall during the 2018 draft, with the biggest concern being that he's missed 11 games across his first three seasons. Ward recorded 46 tackles (38 solo), two interceptions, 18 passes defensed and one forced fumble over 12 games in 2020, and he's now officially under contract for the next two years.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
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Measurables Review
How do Denzel Ward's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
190 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.32 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.0 in
 
Broad Jump
136 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft molded an impressive rookie campaign, and the sky is the limit for the young defensive back. Ward proved to be a ballhawk in college and during his first year with the Browns. He intercepted three passes, forced a fumble and added another 11 pass defenses. While his tackling did improve from early in his rookie season, boosting that area of his game will be key if he wants to take the next step.
The fourth overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, Ward immediately improves Cleveland's defense and projects to step right into one of the team's starting cornerback slots alongside E.J. Gaines. At 5-11, 190, Ward has the talent to handle receivers on the outside well due to his footwork and ability to match change of speeds. During his final year at Ohio State, he deflected 15 passes while adding two interceptions.
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Returns from COVID list
CBCleveland Browns
January 18, 2021
Ward had three tackles in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to Kansas City.
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Removed from COVID-19 list
CBCleveland Browns
January 13, 2021
The Browns activated Ward and fellow cornerback Kevin Johnson from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Officially out Sunday
CBCleveland Browns
Illness
January 10, 2021
Ward won't be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list for Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Remains on COVID list
CBCleveland Browns
Illness
January 9, 2021
Ward (illness) remains on the Browns' reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
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Out Week 17
CBCleveland Browns
Illness
December 31, 2020
Ward (illness) will miss Sunday's game against the Steelers after having been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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