Analyzing the Cleveland Browns depth chart at cornerback
By Randy Gurzi
Looking ahead to the 2019 season, we take an in-depth look at the different position groups for the Cleveland Browns. Here is a glance at their cornerbacks.
In 2018, general manager John Dorsey made a lot of changes to the Cleveland Browns secondary. We already looked at how his roster changes have affected the safety position — which is completely overhauled from the group he took over in 2017.
The same can be said for the cornerbacks as last season saw an entirely new cast outside of Briean Boddy-Calhoun. With him now gone (he signed with the Houston Texans this offseason) the group is completely remade.
With that being said, we look at the players who will be fighting for snaps at the position, starting with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Locked as the No. 1: Denzel Ward
Ohio State’s Denzel Ward was taken fourth overall in 2018 and the selection had its share of critics. While some wanted them to go for Bradley Chubb out of North Carolina State to beef up the defensive line, Dorsey wanted to get himself a legitimate No. 1 corner.
Ward proved to be that from the start as he recorded two interceptions and won the NFL Rookie of the Week award in Week 1. From there, he continued to shine and ended up making the Pro Bowl after recording 53 tackles, three interceptions, and 11 pass deflections.
‘The Warden’ enters year two ready to take the next step as the leader of this cornerback group. Blessed with great speed and instincts, the sky is the limit for him as he continues to prove Cleveland right for taking a chance on him so early in the draft.