Cornerback Denzel Ward was the fourth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft pick by the Cleveland Browns. He played his college football at Ohio State. A lot of people thought the Browns made a major mistake in drafting Ward over defensive end/outside linebacker Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State, but Denzel Ward is already proving people wrong.
In the first three games of the regular season, he is a ball hawking corner and Ward is also very good in coverage. He is also a very good tackler. Denzel Ward has recorded 17 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, and three pass deflections.
At the pace he is playing at, Ward could win Defensive Rookie of the Year but it is still early in the season.
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore won Defense Rookie of the Year last season. He is also from Ohio State. If Ward were to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year this season, it would be the second consecutive season a cornerback from Ohio State won the award and the third consecutive season a player from Buckeye nation would win the award. Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa won the award in 2016.