While the Washington Redskins have already re-signed cornerback Quinton Dunbar to a multi-year extension this offseason, CBSSports.com’s Chris Trapasso thinks the team could add another player to the positon in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
In his most recent mock draft, Trapasso has Washington selecting Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the No. 13-overall pick.
“Ward isn’t Marshon Lattimore, but he plays with a similar technically sound, pass-breakup style and is a reliable tackler,” Trapasso writes. “The Redskins like their starting corners, as they should. Bashaud Breeland is set to hit free agency, and Josh Norman is 30.”
In three seasons at Ohio State, Ward collected 57 tackles with 26 passes defensed and two interceptions.
During his junior season in 2017, Ward was named a consensus All-American selection has he collected 37 tackles with 17 passes defensed and two interceptions. According to his Ohio State bio, Ward’s 17 passes defensed was the fourth-highest single season total in school history.
In the Buckeyes’ season-opening victory over the Indiana Hoosiers, the 5-foot-10, 191 pounder collected six passes defensed along with four tackles.
In a rivalry victory over Michigan, Ward notched a career-high eight tackles.
As a sophomore in 2016, the Macedonia, Ohio, native was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as he recorded 23 tackles with nine passes defensed. In seven of his 10 appearances, Ward recorded at least one pass defensed.