DEEP FRIED DRAFT
67 tackles, 2 interceptions, 24 PBU
Today we are going to look at potentially the top cornerback in this year’s draft. Denzel Ward was a three-star prospect from Nordonia HS (Ohio). He played as a reserve in five games as a freshman and ten games as a sophomore. Ward started every game as a junior with 15 passes defended and two interceptions. He was named a consensus All-American following the year.
2017: Indiana, Oklahoma, Penn State, Iowa
Ward is shorter than you would like at only 5’11”. He only has one year as a starter under his belt, but it was a sensational one season. Ward can get outmuscled by bigger wide receivers.
Denzel Ward is one of the top available corners in this draft. His ability to take away one side of the field is extremely valuable. How is he going to fare against the likes of a Julio Jones or Mike Evans? That is something the team that selects him will have to worry about. I think when it is all said and done, Ward will hear his name called before the end of first twenty picks.
Ward has excellent speed and is a tremendous athlete. He ran a 4.32 40 at the Combine, had a vertical of 39 inches, and broad jumped 11’4”. I never saw a receiver get over the top of him. Ward has nice ball skills. He does a good job of finding the football in the air and breaking the pass up as soon as it arrives. Ward excels in press man coverage and can take away a quarter of the field. He has lined up on the boundary, the field side, and the slot.
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