Denzel Ward

Denzel N. Ward (born April 28, 1997) is an American football cornerback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State.

Denzel Ward
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Ward in 2018 training camp
No. 21 – Cleveland Browns
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born:April 28, 1997 (age 22)
Macedonia, Ohio
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Nordonia (Macedonia, Ohio)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:53
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:11
Interceptions:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Ward attended Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio.[1] He played cornerback and wide receiver for the Knights football team. He also ran track. As a senior at the Division 1 region 1 finals, he ran a personal best time of 10.49 seconds in the 100 meters, placing 1st. His personal best in the 200 meters is 21.38 seconds, in which he placed third at the state championships. He committed to Ohio State University to play college football.[2]

College career

Ward attended and played college football at Ohio State under head coach Urban Meyer.[3] As a true freshman at Ohio State in 2015, Ward played in 12 games, recording seven tackles.[4][5] As a sophomore in 2016, he played in all 13 games and had 23 tackles. Ward became a starter as a junior in 2017.[6][7] Entering the 2018 NFL Draft, Ward decided not to play in the 2017 Cotton Bowl.[8]

College statistics

Ohio State Buckeyes
Year GP Tackles Interceptions
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs
2015 11 7 5 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2016 13 23 12 11 0.0 0 9 0 0 0.0 0 0
2017 14 37 30 7 0.0 0 15 2 0 0.0 0 0
Total 38 67 47 20 0.0 0 24 2 0 0.0 0 0
Source: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Professional career

On December 29, 2017, Ward released an official statement through his Twitter account announcing his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Ward also decided to skip the Cotton Bowl Classic.[9] Ward attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed the majority of combine drills, but opted to skip the short shuttle and three-cone drill. His overall performance impressed scouts and helped solidify his position as the top cornerback prospect. Ward tied for first, among all players, in the 40-yard dash (4.32s) and his broad jump (11'4") was the best among all players, regardless of position.[10] He also tied for second in the vertical jump (39") among his position group and tied for eighth in the bench press (16 reps) among cornerbacks who participated.[11]

External video
Denzel Ward's NFL Combine Workout
Denzel Ward's 40-yard dash

Ward attended pre-draft visits with multiple teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers.[12][13] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Ward was projected to be a top ten pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the top cornerback prospect in the draft by Sports Illustrated and NFL analyst Mike Mayock and was ranked as the second best cornerback by DraftScout.com.[14][15]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 78 in
(1.80 m)
183 lb
(83 kg)
31 14 in
(0.79 m)
8 34 in
(0.22 m)
4.32 s 1.47 s 2.48 s 39 in
(0.99 m)
11 ft 4 in
(3.45 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[16][17]

The Cleveland Browns selected Ward in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[18] Ward was the first defensive back drafted in 2018 and became the highest selected cornerback from Ohio State since Shawn Springs, who was selected third overall in the 1997 NFL Draft.[19]

External video
Browns draft Denzel Ward 4th overall
NFL Draft Profile: Denzel Ward

On July 24, 2018, the Cleveland Browns signed Ward to a fully guaranteed four-year, $29.16 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $19.29 million.[20][21]

2018

Ward entered training camp slated as the No. 1 starting cornerback on the depth chart after the departures of Jason McCourty and Jamar Taylor. Head coach Hue Jackson named Ward the starting cornerback to begin the regular season, alongside Terrance Mitchell.[22]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Cleveland Browns' season-opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and recorded six combined tackles, broke up three passes, and made two interceptions during their 21–21 tie. Ward made his first career interception off a pass attempt by Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, that was originally intended for wide receiver Antonio Brown, in the first quarter.[23] On October 7, 2018, Ward recorded five combined tackles, tied his season-high of three pass deflections, made one interception, and a blocked field goal in a 12–9 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. His performance earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[24] Overall, he finish his rookie season with 53 tackles, three interceptions, 11 pass deflections, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries in 13 games, of which he started 12.[25] He was named to the Pro Bowl and the NFL All-Rookie Team.[26][27]

Career NFL statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2018 CLE 13 12 53 41 12 0.0 11 3 26 8.7 26 0 1 2

Awards

  • Pro Bowl – (2018)
  • 2x Defensive Rookie of the Week (Week 1, 2018 Week 5, 2018)

References

  1. ^ Rozboril, Robert (July 19, 2014). "Nordonia WR Denzel Ward is bound for Ohio State, has sights set on higher goals: 31 in 31 football series". Cleveland.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Beaven, Michael (June 19, 2014). "Nordonia's Denzel Ward commits to play football at Ohio State". Ohio.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Denzel Ward College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (March 31, 2016). "Denzel Ward is Ohio State's fastest player, but is that enough to start for the Buckeyes?". Cleveland.com. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Jablonski, David (March 28, 2016). "Ohio State football: Speedy CB Ward ready to emerge". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Landis, Bill (March 21, 2017). "Is Denzel Ward, now Ohio State's top corner, actually as good as Marshon Lattimore?". Cleveland.com. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (August 19, 2017). "The top 50 Ohio State football players for 2017: No. 10, CB Denzel Ward". Cleveland.com. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (December 29, 2017). "Denzel Ward, Ohio State cornerback and likely first-round pick, sitting out Cotton Bowl". Cleveland.com.
  9. ^ Myers, Jacob (December 29, 2017). "Football: Denzel Ward declares for NFL draft, forgoes senior season and sits out Cotton Bowl". thelantern.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Chassen, Alexis (September 9, 2018). "Meet the Browns' Denzel Ward, the next great NFL DB out of Ohio State". sbnation.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "NFL.com: 2018 NFL Combine: Top Performers". NFL.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Hope, Dan (April 5, 2018). "Denzel Ward set to visit five teams with top-12 picks, including Cleveland Browns, per report". elevenwarriors.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Arcia, Gil (April 15, 2018). "Denzel Ward visiting the Bucs this week". bucsnation.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  14. ^ MMQB Staff. "The 2018 NFL Draft Big Board, Vol. 2". si.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  15. ^ Mayock, Mike (April 20, 2018). "Mike Mayock's 2018 NFL Draft position rankings 3.0". NFL.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Denzel Ward". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ohio State CB Denzel Ward : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 26, 2018). "Browns choose CB Denzel Ward with No. 4 selection". NFL.com.
  19. ^ "Ohio State Drafted Players". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  20. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (July 25, 2018). "No. 4 pick Denzel Ward signs his Browns rookie contract worth about $29.2 million". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  21. ^ "Spotrac.com: Denzel Ward contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  22. ^ Edwards, Josh (September 2, 2018). "Sunday's Browns 53-Man Roster". 247sports.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  23. ^ Glasier, David. "Denzel Ward excels in Browns tie with Steelers". The News-Herald. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  24. ^ Maya, Adam (October 10, 2018). "Drew Brees, Isaiah Crowell among Players of the Week". NFL.com. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  25. ^ "Denzel Ward 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  26. ^ "2018 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  27. ^ "2018 NFL All-Rookie Team". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 25, 2019.

External links

2017 All-Big Ten Conference football team

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2017 Big Ten Conference football season

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This was the Big Ten's fourth season with 14 teams. The defending league champion was the 2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team. The 2017 season consisted of a nine–game conference schedule for the second year in a row.Nebraska football coach Mike Riley was relieved from his position following the conclusion of Nebraska's 2017 season.Ohio State defeated Wisconsin, 27–21, in the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game. No Big Ten teams were selected for the 2017 College Football Playoff.

2017 College Football All-America Team

The 2017 College Football All-America Team includes those players of American college football who have been honored by various selector organizations as the best players at their respective positions. The selector organizations award the "All-America" honor annually following the conclusion of the fall college football season. The original All-America team was the 1889 College Football All-America Team selected by Caspar Whitney and Walter Camp. The National Collegiate Athletic Bureau, which is the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) service bureau, compiled, in 1950, the first list of All-Americans including first-team selections on teams created for a national audience that received national circulation with the intent of recognizing selections made from viewpoints that were nationwide. Since 1957, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has bestowed Academic All-American recognition on male and female athletes in Divisions I, II, and III of the NCAA as well as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics athletes, including all NCAA championship sports.

The 2017 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following College Football All-American first teams chosen by the following selector organizations: Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCFF), The Sporting News (TSN), Sports Illustrated (SI), USA Today (USAT) ESPN, CBS Sports (CBS), College Football News (CFN), Scout.com, Athlon Sports, and Fox Sports (FOX).

Currently, the NCAA compiles consensus all-America teams in the sports of Division I-FBS football and Division I men's basketball using a point system computed from All-America teams named by coaches associations or media sources. Players are chosen against other players playing at their position only. To be selected a consensus All-American, players must be chosen to the first team on at least two of the five official selectors as recognized by the NCAA. Second- and third-team honors are used to break ties. Players named first-team by all five selectors are deemed unanimous All-Americans. Currently, the NCAA recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine consensus and unanimous All-Americans.Twenty-seven players were recognized as consensus All-Americans for 2017, 14 of them being unanimous. Unanimous selections are followed by an asterisk (*).

2017 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2017 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Buckeyes played their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. It was the Buckeyes' 128th overall, the 105th as a member of the Big Ten Conference, and fourth as a member of the Eastern Division. They were led by Urban Meyer, who was in his 6th season as head coach at the school.

Coming off a College Football Playoff appearance in 2016, the Buckeyes began the year ranked second in the preseason AP Poll and were the overwhelming favorites to win the Big Ten. In the second game of the year, they suffered their first loss at the hands of No. 5 Oklahoma in Columbus, whom Ohio State had beaten on the road the previous year. Ohio State won their following six games, including a 39–38 victory over No. 2 Penn State, but lost in a blowout on the road to Iowa the following week. The Buckeyes won their remaining regular season games and earned a spot in the 2017 Big Ten Championship Game by winning the East Division with an 8–1 conference record. They defeated previously-undefeated No. 3 Wisconsin in that game 27–21 to win the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes were passed up for the final spot in the College Football Playoff in favor of Alabama, and instead received an invitation to the Cotton Bowl. They defeated USC in that bowl to end the season at 12–2 and ranked fifth in the final polls.

Ohio State was led on offense by quarterback J.T. Barrett, who was named first-team All-Big Ten. Barrett was both a passing and a running threat, finishing with 3,053 yards and a Big Ten-leading 35 touchdowns through the air, and 798 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. His 47 total touchdowns were second in FBS behind Baker Mayfield. Freshman running back J. K. Dobbins finished second in the Big Ten with 1,403 rushing yards. Center Billy Price was a consensus first-team All-American, as was cornerback Denzel Ward. Both players were selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft; Price was awarded the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center.

2018 Cleveland Browns season

The 2018 season was the Cleveland Browns' 70th season as a professional sports franchise, their 66th season as a member of the NFL, and their first full season under general manager John Dorsey. It was their third and final season under head coach Hue Jackson. The Browns improved upon their 2017 campaign in which they went a franchise worst 0–16, securing a 3rd place finish within the division as they went 7–8–1, their best record since the 2007 season. However, they failed to end their franchise-record and league-high 15-year playoff drought and enter the postseason for the first time since 2002.

On September 9, the Browns opened their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 21–21 tie. This was the Browns' first tie since 1989, and it ended a 17-game losing streak which dated back to the 2016 season. On September 20, the Browns defeated the New York Jets 21–17, ending a 19-game winless streak.

On October 29, Jackson was fired after posting a record of 2–5–1 through Week 8 and an overall record of 3–36–1 during his two and a half seasons in Cleveland. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was in his first season with the Browns, was fired the same day. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was named interim head coach. Under Williams, the Browns went 5–3 to finish out the second-half of the season.

Rookie starting quarterback Baker Mayfield threw 27 touchdown passes, breaking the record for the most touchdown passes thrown by a rookie quarterback. The previous record of 26 was shared by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.

2018 NFL season

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