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2018 Prospect Preview: Denzel Ward is one of the fastest 2018 has to offer

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 22: Denzel Ward #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania on October 22, 2016. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

  • Ohio State has yet another cornerback getting NFL draft consideration. Denzel Ward played 447 total snaps last year and earned a 78.3 overall grade. He’s currently a projected Day 2 Selection on the PFF Big Board.
  • Known for his speed, Ward only allowed a 26.8 passer rating on deep targets last season (20-plus yards), 11th-best in the country in that regard.
  • Ward is on the shorter side for a cornerback (5-foot-10), but showed off his ball skills last year deflecting seven passes on 43 targets.
  • Ward also only allowed a 55.4 passer rating into his coverage on the season. That mark ranked fourth-lowest among returning B1G cornerbacks.

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