Ward totaled 37 tackles with 15 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2017. For the NFL, Ward has good speed, athleticism, ball skills, and quick feet to run the route to prevent separation. He looks like a future starter and could have No. 1 corner potential. While he is shorter than ideal, Ward is very good at blanketing receivers and keeping them from getting open.
In the 2017 season opener against Indiana, Ward notched an interception, four tackles and five passes broken up. He also was beaten for a touchdown and some other receptions by big Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. Ward had problems with Cobbs' size, but was good at preventing separation. After that game, Ward was very good and consistent throughout the season at locking down receivers and keeping them from getting open. He put on a clinic in the Big Ten Championship game with an excellent performance.
There has been some hype about Ward, who is set to replace Marshon Lattimore/Gareon Conley this season. Ward totaled 23 tackles with nice passes broken up in 2016. While he has gotten a lot of hype suggesting he's as good as his former teammates, he's significantly smaller than them, so he will need to show that size is something he overcomes while taking over a starting spot for the Buckeyes.
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