The Cleveland Browns raised a couple of eyebrows with their first-round picks within the 2018 NFL Draft.
Along with saying reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma with the highest total choice, the Browns handed over North Carolina State move rusher Bradley Chubb in favor of Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth decide.
So why did the Browns eschew pairing Chubb with former prime total decide Myles Garrett to make a promising younger tandem?
“The reason being our want for a press cowl cornerback,” Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams mentioned to The MMQB’s Peter King. “Denzel most likely performs that place in addition to anybody I’ve seen in school soccer in a while. We most likely play essentially the most press of any staff within the league.”
Ward fills a direct want for a staff that surrendered 28 landing passes and completed 31st in factors allowed final season.
The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Ward initiatives as a direct starter on the left facet for the Browns. Ward, who has the velocity to stick with the highest receivers within the NFL, intercepted two passes in every of the final two seasons at Ohio State.
“There’s one more reason. I’ve bought a video of 28 snaps of Myles Garrett pass-rushes final yr the place he will get inside two steps or much less of the quarterback when the ball comes out,” Williams mentioned. “Mainly, we aren’t masking lengthy sufficient to let him get to the quarterback. Myles and others — particularly [defensive end] Emmanuel Ogbah — will get extra probabilities due to Denzel.”
Ogbah, a second-round decide in 2016, had 29 tackles, 4 sacks and two compelled fumbles final season.
“Ogbah’s a rising star on this league,” Williams mentioned. “He is bought an opportunity to be Chubb.”