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.
— Denzel Ward (@denzelward) April 27, 2018
Fellow Buckeye center Billy Price went to the Bengals later on in the first round.