4. Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State (Cleveland Browns)
With the second of their picks among the top four selections in the first round of the draft, the Cleveland Browns passed on a premier pass rusher to take cornerback Denzel Ward from nearby Ohio State University.
Ward would emerge as one of the best young defensive backs in the NFL by the end of his rookie season, having finished in 2018 with 53 tackles, three interceptions, 11 pass deflections, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries in 13 games, of which he started 12. At season’s end, he was named to the Pro Bowl and NFL All-Rookie Team.