2018 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about DENZEL WARD: Ohio State, 5107 183 4.30. Junior entry and first-year starter from Macedonia, OH. Spent most of his early career as a backup and saw very productive sub package work in 2016. Smooth fluid pedal with effortless change of direction. Outstanding transition in all directions. Very good lateral quickness with a burst to close. Sudden break on the ball with no wasted movement. Outstanding ball skills. Plays press coverage reacting to movement rather than controlling release with a jam. Fundamentally sound with eye discipline in man coverage. Maintains focus on receiver and mirrors cuts. Very good at locking down a receiver. Keeps inside leverage and is disciplined to reacting to a double move. Maintains cushion in off man and has a smooth transition to turn and run. Does a very good job in zone coverage with proper spacing on multiple routes in a zone. Skilled at zoning off and playing up to a shallow route. Height and frame is a slight concern projecting him versus big receivers in the NFL. Has had some trouble with the bigger receiver walling him off. Overall he is a solid cover corner with outstanding skill and technique. Has a lot of special teams’ experience and projects as a starter who can be an elite player. 2017 stats: 37 T, 2 TFL, 15 PBU, 2 BK, 2 INT. OSR:1/41. First round. (A-31 1/4, H- 8 3/4, VJ-39, SS-DNP).