ARLINGTON, Texas-- The Cleveland Browns selected Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The top-rated cornerback is the first Ohio State Buckeye off the draft board.
"I think Ohio State has done a really great job with him. I think he has a burning desire to be one of the better corners in this league. He has the characteristics as a player, the speed, the hips, the quickness and the suddenness to be a really great player for us," said John Dorsey, Browns general manager.
Ward, at 5 foot 11 and 183 pounds, is a gifted track athlete and has the potential to start instantly for the Browns. He's also a Northeast Ohio native, attending Nordonia High School in Macedonia.
Ward, whose father passed away from a heart attack two years ago, took his high school coach Jeff Fox as his guest to the NFL Draft.
Fellow Buckeye center Billy Price went to the Bengals later on in the first round.