Browns pick Ohio State cornerback Ward 4th


The Browns surprised the experts again, picking Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward No 4 overall.

After passing over more classic quarterbacks to take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield with the top pick, Cleveland skipped over North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, the top pass rusher in the draft, to grab the top cornerback.

Ward played three seasons with the Buckeyes before foregoing his senior year.

In 2017, he earned consensus All-America honors and first-team all-Big Ten accolades after recording 17 passes defensed with 15 pass break-ups and two interceptions.

The 17 passes defensed is the fourth-highest single season total in school history.

For his career, Ward played in 38 games and had 57 tackles and 26 passes defended, including two interceptions.

The selection of Ward gives Ohio State five cornerbacks taken in the first round of the NFL Draft in five years, a first in the history of the NFL Draft.