12 Denzel Ward

Denzel Ward Ohio State
usaUnited States
Macedonia, OH
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2015, 2016, 2017

Post-OSU Update: Denzel Ward skipped his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the 4th overall selection of the first round by the Cleveland Browns. Ward is in his sixth year in the NFL, all with the Browns, and has been selected to two Pro Bowls. (updated: Jan. 2024)

Weight: 191 (2017), 185 (2016), 180 (2015)

2017 Media Guide: Denzel Ward is by many attributes – game experience, intelligence, skill, athletic ability – the next Ohio State cornerback with high NFL Draft pick potential … “he’s a gifted player,” cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said this spring … the true junior has played in 25 consecutive games for the Buckeyes going back to the second game of his true freshman season in 2015 and he’s also been timed as the fastest Buckeye … he enters the season a leader of the unit and with 30 career tackles and nine passes defended … Ward has not started a game yet for the Buckeyes, but he has
enough starter-like stats that he could be considered the Buckeyes third starter at cornerback last season: he lined up on defense for 468 plays in 2016 as part of a three-man cornerback rotation that also featured two, 2017 first-round NFL Draft picks: Marshon Lattimore (No. 11 to New Orleans) and Gareon Conley (No. 24 to Oakland).

2016: Ward was part of a cornerback rotation that featured two first-round draft picks at the end of the season … he played in all 13 games and tied for the team lead with Marshon Lattimore with nine pass break-ups … was also in on 23 tackles … he had prolific numbers of plays on defense in Ohio State’s biggest games: 56 vs. Oklahoma, 50 vs. Penn State, 38 vs. Michigan and 62 vs. Clemson.

2016 Media Guide: Denzel Ward was one of only four scholarship freshman to get playing time for the Buckeyes last season …he was a key special teams performer who played in 12 games … he totaled 196 plays on the season with 175 of those on special teams to earn his first Varsity O letter … one of the fastest players on the team, he was clocked running 21.8 miles per hour on special teams coverage in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame … Ward had high games of 26 plays vs. Rutgers, 23 vs. Indiana and 20 vs. Notre Dame … he was one of the top tacklers on special teams with seven total stops.

2015 Media Guide: Denzel Ward helped lead Nordonia to a 14-1 record and the Division II state championship game in 2014 by starring on defense with nine interceptions and 18 pass break-ups and
on offense with more than 1,300 total yards and 20 touchdowns … named the Division II co-defensive player of the year and a first-team Associated Press all-state selection for coach Jeff Fox … also named Cleveland.com’s defensive player of the year … totaled 14 interceptions in 2013 and 2014 combined plus had 93 receptions and 31 receiving touchdowns … rated a 4-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports and was ranked respectively by those organizations as the Nos. 22 and 26 cornerback prospect … rated as high as No. 171 among all players by Scout … a PrepStar all-Midwest Region …caught 37 passes
for 658 yards and nine touchdowns for 8-3 team as a junior … possesses tremendous speed – including published reports of a hand-timed 4.31 40 – and is a multiple state qualifier in track and field as part of Nordonia’s 4×400-meter relay and as a long jumper.

Personal: Is the son of Nicole and Paul Ward.



SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TDPRPR YdsPR TD
2015Ohio State11075200000000000000
2016Ohio State13023121100000000900000
2017Ohio State1312373072.0300002015101100