Denzel Ward Draft Profile

Denzel Ward Draft Profile

Strengths:

  • Athletic
  • Solid in press coverage
  • Patient
  • Can pedal and mirror without opening hips
  • Elite footwork
  • Has burst for recovery
  • Ballhawk
  • Allowed 32% of passes to be completed against him

Analysis: Denzel Ward possesses elite athletic ability that you will not find in your everyday cornerback. I expect him to show out at the combine which will only increase his draft stock. Ward is a solid press cover corner who is willing to get right into the receivers face at the line of scrimmage. He is patient from the press showing no panic or hurry in initial movements. Can backpedal and mirror for a long time without opening hips. Tremendously gifted footwork. Mirrors and matches with good balance throughout the route. Ward carries the long speed necessary to mirror a receiver down the field. Reads clues from off-man. Reads slants and drives in front of the route in search of an interception. Opposing quarterbacks only completed 32 percent of their passes against Ward the last two seasons. Denzel is a ballhawk with sudden hands to attack the throw. Bats throws down and will swirl arms around the catch point to prevent target from finishing the catch.

Weaknesses:

  • Slight frame
  • Lacks play strength
  • Has struggled against physical receivers
  • Length
  • Block shedding
  • Benefited from Ohio State’s pass rush

Analysis: Denzel Ward is lacking the necessary muscle on his frame to withstand a 16-game NFL season. Despite his eagerness to be a press corner, his play strength is lacking to jam and disrupt NFL receivers. At times, he appears to avoid route contact so he doesn’t upset coverage balance. Physical receivers can body him around at the top of the route. Needs to turn and find football sooner with back to the ball. Always around the throw, but lack of size and length shows up with “just misses” in pass defense. Several pass breakups came on throws with poor placement. Ward wasn’t tasked to cover for elongated periods due to the Ohio State pass rush consistently getting to the quarterback. Has issues disengaging from big blocking receivers. Big backs drag him for a ride in run support.

Size: 5’10 191lbs

Draft Rank: No. 3 CB

NFL Comparison: Ronald Darby

Draft Projection: Top 25

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