Denzel Ward
Denzel Ward
22-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Cleveland Browns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $29.17 million contract with the Browns in July of 2018.
Adjusting tackling technique
CBCleveland Browns
May 22, 2019
Ward has been working to adjust his tackling technique during the offseason after suffering two concussions during his rookie campaign, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Ward missed three of the final four games last season, but he was cleared to participate in the Pro Bowl in January and suggested Wednesday that he hasn't suffered any setbacks. The 2018 first-round pick is locked and loaded as the Browns' No. 1 cornerback ahead of the 2019 season and improved health could help him top the stat line of 53 tackles, 11 pass breakups, three picks and one forced fumble he posted as a rookie.
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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.
5' 11"
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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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Ready for Pro Bowl
CBCleveland Browns
January 25, 2019
Ward (concussion) has been cleared and will play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, Pat McManamon of ESPN reports.
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Will sit season finale
CBCleveland Browns
December 28, 2018
Ward (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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No practice Wednesday
CBCleveland Browns
December 26, 2018
Ward (concussion) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Could play Week 17
CBCleveland Browns
December 24, 2018
Interim coach Gregg Williams said Ward is "much better this time around" following his second concussion of December, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
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Back in concussion protocol
CBCleveland Browns
December 23, 2018
Ward sustained a concussion during Sunday's 26-18 win over the Bengals, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
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