Denzel Ward is a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns.

Tyler Hobart, Sports Writer

Denzel Ward is a really young player and has proven to be a top-tier player in the NFL.

The beginning of Ward’s career started at Nordonia High School. He started on defense with nine interceptions and 18 pass breakups and on offense with more than 1,300 total yards and 20 touchdowns. He also helped lead the school to a 14-1 record and the Division II State Championship game in 2014.

Ward was amazing in high school, which led to an Ohio State offer. said, “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. He was named the Division II co-defensive player of the year and a first-team Associated Press all-state selection, and he was also named’s defensive player of the year. He totaled 14 interceptions in 2013 and 2014 combined and was rated a 4-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports. He was a multiple state qualifier in track and field as part of Nordonia’s 4×400-meter relay and as a long jumper. He is the son of Nicole and the late Paul Ward.¨

Currently, Ward is a 25-year-old player on the Cleveland Browns team from Macedonia, Ohio. He went to college at Ohio State and was really good there too. He had 24 interceptions when he was at Ohio State, which is really good for a college football player. He made first-team all-American and honorable mention for all Big Ten.

Ward had a very successful college career. said, “Ward played three seasons with the Buckeyes before electing to forego his senior season to make himself available for the 2018 NFL Draft. This after he had an outstanding junior season in 2017, earning consensus All-America honors and first-team all-Big Ten accolades after recording 17 passes defended with 15 pass break-ups and two interceptions, including one interception in the Big Ten championship game win over Wisconsin. The 17 passes defended is the fourth-highest single season total in school history. Ward had five pass break-ups, and six passes defended, in the season opener against Indiana and he made one of the biggest plays of the year in the 39-38 win over Penn State: blocking a fourth-quarter punt with the Buckeyes down by 15. The play led to a touchdown and the start of a remarkable, 18-point comeback win for Ohio State over the No. 2 team in the nation. Ward’s season also included 37 total tackles in his 13 starts. For his career, Ward played in 38 games and had 57 tackles and 26 passes defended, including two interceptions. He was majoring in the sports industry.¨

Ward in the NFL has 239 tackles with 46 assists, 1 sack, 13 interceptions and 3 touchdowns. He has made the Pro-Bowl two times which only the best of the best make if their team didn’t make the playoffs. He has proven to be one of the best NFL cornerbacks.

He has had a superb NFL career.

Ward said, “Just definitely a change of the playbook so far and learning a new system with new coaches. They are going to teach new things. That is one thing. One thing specifically that I like is they are critiquing my technique, actually. Right now, I am kind of trying to learn a new technique that I played in press coverage a little differently than the years past. I have been working on that. That is one thing that I appreciate so far from Coach Woods and the rest of the staff.”