Giants Gab 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

Cornerbacks are always in high demand come draft night, and this year the 2018 draft will be no exception. One player that likely won’t last long is that of Ohio State Buckeyes CB Denzel Ward, a player who is quickly climbing the charts.

Ward is coming off a tremendous combine, and is known by many as the top CB in this year’s draft class. Here’s our official look at Ward and what he’ll bring to the table to the lucky team that grabs him this year in round one.

Here’s a Scouting Report from


OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs told reporters last spring that Ward was a “gifted player” and truly a “third starter” at cornerback, joining 2017 first-round picks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley. Ward proved his coach correct, earning first-team All-American and all-conference accolades in 2017 with 37 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, and 15 pass breakups (ranked in the top 10 in the nation). He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten notice from league media as a non-starter in 2016, playing 30 snaps a game on defense. Ward tied Lattimore for the team lead with nine pass breakups on the year (23 tackles), never giving up on a play and being quite physical despite his average size for the position. Ward got onto the field as a true freshman, making seven tackles, primarily on special teams. Ward was a first-team All-Ohio pick and Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior (nine interceptions, 18 pass breakups). He also qualified for the state track meet as a long jumper and part of the 4×400 relay.


Strengths Supreme athletic ability. Expected to be impressive Combine tester. Can park in a deep squat under wide receiver’s chin at the line. Patient from press showing no panic or hurry in initial movements. Can pedal and mirror for a long time without opening hips. Tremendously gifted footwork. Mirrors and matches with good balance throughout the route. Matches changing route speed stride for stride. Plays from low side of route to take away comebacks. Uses big burst for recovery and closeouts. Carries true long speed down the field. Reads clues from off-man. Reads slants and drives in front of the route in search of an interception. Allowed just over 32 percent completions over last two years. Ballhawk with sudden hands to attack the throw. Bats throws down and will swirl arms around the catch point to prevent target from finishing the catch.


Frame is somewhat slight and he feels small in coverage at times. Lacks play strength to jam and disrupt. Appears to avoid route contact so he doesn’t upset coverage balance. Physical receivers can body him around at the top of the route. Needs to turn and find football sooner with back to the ball. Always around the throw, but lack of size and length shows up with “just misses” in pass defense. Several pass breakups came on throws with poor placement. Coverage benefitted from deep, talented rush unit up front. Has issues disengaging from big blocking receivers. Big backs drag him for a ride in run support.

Draft Projection Round 1

NFL Comparison Chris Harris Jr.

Chat Sports takes a look at Ward:

The cocky cornerback was a monster in the Big 10 this year, racking up 15 pass deflections and a pick while completely locking down one half of the field. He’s electric, smart, and will be bonafide #1 CB in the NFL. Despite his lack of size, he’s a very physical corner and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He should be one of the first 10 picks in the upcoming NFL draft, but the only question for Ward at this point is what team he’s going to dominate on.


-Absurdly quick
-Excellent ball skills
-Has the swagger you want in a CB
-Big hitter
-Good blitzer when needed
-Very smart player


-Will struggle against physical receivers
-Not the most willing tackler
-Too timid in the run game
-Get blocked out of plays too easy
-Bigger WRs eat him up

Player Comparison: Chris Harris Jr.

NFL Draft Grade: 1st Round (#2 CB)

Projected Round: 1st

The Drafster on Ward:

Ohio State
Cornerback #12
Junior, 5’10” 191 pounds


Long and lean with the athleticism handle duties in the slot and along the perimeter
Production a product of his aggressive, competitive nature when the ball’s in the air
Easy mover with fluid movement skills, equal feet and loose hips that serve as catalysts for his ability to consistently mirror releases with ease
Elite burst and closing burst are evident when transitioning from his pedal to his downhill pursuit
Brings a battle to the catch-point with impressive savvy to directly play through pass-catcher’s hands
Plants himself in receivers’ pockets and remains in-phase down the field to consistently keep him in position to make a play
Understands how his responsibilities work in space and how to utilize leverage to generate turnovers when trailing
Springy leaper who times his attempts on throws with optimal timing


Frame is on the thinner side with room for further development
Timing remains a noticeable issue when getting his head around and locating the ball
Can transfer power through contact when he has space, but physicality as a run defender runs thin
Lack of overall girth has served as a hindrance when pressing and jamming bigger receivers
Requires further refinement when connecting his hands and feet to defend releases without panicking and grabbing in man
Has become reliant on explosion out of breaks to compensate for excessive steps

Pro comp: Jason Verrett

Draft projection: 1st Round

In a class of top-end talented corners, Ward is a name to stash away. He continues the recent run of impressive Buckeye corners that have been early selections and offer a potentially lengthy NFL career. Although he isn’t a physical specimen and is underwhelming size intensifies battles with receivers with the build advantage, Ward is supremely athletic and technically savvy to a degree that unquestionably warrants a first round selection. He can operate on both sides of the field and in the slot, increasing his value when considering his skill set that can succeed from a number of different coverage schemes. Ward has what it takes to find success in the league for a number of years.

Here’s the College Bio Page on Ward.

Some Quotes on Ward from


“Ward wasn’t high enough on my radar early in the year, but I went back and watched some tape from this season — and boy was I impressed. Spending last season behind Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley (all 2017 first-round picks), he didn’t get much playing time, but he has elite fluidity, quickness and recovery speed. He has closed the gap with Fitzpatrick and had 15 passes broken up (Fitzpatrick had eight).”


“Quick-twitch athlete with explosive movements in any direction. Owns track speed with immediate acceleration to close gaps – the ‘fastest guy’ at Ohio State during the Urban Meyer era, according to OSU strength and conditioning coach Mikey Marotti. Sudden, but composed with swivel hips and velvet feet to stay in phase with elusive receivers.

“Lacks ideal height and length for the outside, creating mismatch issues vs. bigger targets. Works hard in the weight room, but lacks ideal bulk and limb strength. Bad habit of grabbing cloth at the line of scrimmage or near the top of routes. Ward’s lack of inches shows at times in coverage and as a run defender, but he is a premier athlete with the budding instincts and required toughness to be trusted vs. NFL receivers on an island, either on the outside or in the slot. He is one of the top-three cornerbacks in this draft class.”

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Giants Ink Former Broncos Wide Out and Special Teamer Cody Latimer

The Giants signed wide receiver Cody Latimer on Monday, adding a potential deep-threat to the wide receiving corps, and a key contributor on special teams, Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports.

Latimer, 25, was a standout at the University of Indiana and adds some depth to the Giants’ wide receiving corps that is already loaded with talent in Odell Beckham Jr., and Sterling Shepard.

Counting Down Some Of The Giants Celebrity Fans

Each NFL team has a host of celebrity fans, but the Giants seem to have them the most. They play in one of the most popular cities in the world, so it’s only natural that they draw a host of celebrity fans.

Regular fans often feel that they don’t enjoy the same level of appreciation from the team as celebrity fans do and that they don’t get to do any additional Giants related activities. Celebrity fans often get VIP seats and locker room access, while the most glamorous thing that regular fans can do is to bet online at NetBet Sport or other betting operators which offer Giants games. However, betting normally does the trick for fans like you and I as it is actually much more interesting than looking snobbish while you are sitting on those VIP seats.

It must be said however, that celebrity fans do bring a lot of income to teams through their promotional and status raising impact and that’s why they are so important to teams such as the Giants. In this post, we will have a look at some prominent Giants fans which do just that.

Hugh Jackman

Many people don’t actually know that Wolverine is a Giants fan. The Australian has grown up in a rugby crazy country, and when he is in the US the only alternative he gets to see his much beloved contact sport is the American version of it. He is a devoted Giants fan, and whenever he can he dons the big blue Giants jersey.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t strike you as a sports fan when you first see him, but young Harry Potter is one of the most diehard fans of the Giants. This may be because he is a known master of Quidditch, a game which Fred and George Weasley once labeled as a “rough game”, but “no one has died in years”.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is an excellent singer and an artist, but she is also one of the most vocal fans when she is in the Giants’ stadium. She even caused a little incident in 2011 when she started drinking champagne in the VIP lounge during a match in which the New York Giants defeated the St. Louis Rams. She is known for her extravagant style and many Giants fans don’t appreciate the negative publicity she brings to their team.

George R. R. Martin

The Game of Thrones creator is a huge Giants fan and has even once referred to the Giants as House Stark. He watches most of their games at home, what with his busy schedule and all, but he has also been spotted at some Giants games as well.

Tracy Morgan

The Saturday Night Live comedian is certainly one of the funniest people in the Big Apple and is also one of the most dedicated Giants fans in New York. He suffered a very serious car crash in 2014, but luckily he has made a surprisingly quick recovery and can now be seen at most Giants games.

Giants Set to Ink Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart

The Giants reportedly added to their stable Tuesday as veteran Jonathan Stewart is expected to sign, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media reports.

Stewart has averaged 4.3 yards per carry with 51 career touchdowns in 10 seasons as the all-time leading rusher in Panthers history. He was a first-round draft pick in 2008.

Stewart visited the team facility after visiting with the Lions on Monday. He saw quite a few familiar faces as Giants general manager Dave Gettleman held the same position in Carolina from 2013-17 and offensive coordinator Dave Shula was the Panthers’ play-caller from 2011-17. Personnel executive Mark Koncz also made the move.

Giants to Visit with Former Panthers Running Back Jonathan Stewart

Running back Jonathan Stewart will take a free agent visit with the Giants on Tuesday, Matt Lombardo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Stewart rushed for 680 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games with the Carolina Panthers last season while playing through various lower-body injuries that limited his playing time even more than simply splitting time with rookie Christian McCaffrey.

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula served in the same role last season with the Panthers. Stewart spent Monday visiting the Detroit Lions.

Giants Terminate the Contract of Punter Brad Wing

The Giants today announced that it has terminated the contract of Brad Wing, who punted in every game for the Giants the previous three seasons.

After an outstanding 2016 season, Wing struggled at times last year. His 36.7-yard net average ranked last in the NFL among punters eligible to be included in the final league statistics, while his gross average of 44.1 yards tied for 24th. Short Wing punts in Philadelphia and Tampa Bay were among the plays that led to late Giants’ losses. He also had two punts blocked for the first time in his career.

Wing was traded to the Giants on Sept. 4, 2015, after punting for the Pittsburgh Steelers in his debut season the previous year. In his first Giants season, Wing had a 44.5-yard gross average and a 38.9-yard net average on 76 punts. His 33 punts inside the 20-yard line tied the Giants’ single-season record, set by Brad Maynard in both 1997 and 98.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. Caught on Video Next to What Appears to Be White Substance

The offseason just got very hairy for Giants wide out Odell Beckham Jr., as Friday news broke about an incident of him lying in bed with a woman with two substances that could make his NFL playing career very much in doubt.

The seven-second clip ­was surreptitiously filmed on a social media app by the mystery gal pal and uploaded to the Internet where it quickly went viral on Friday.

The video, which appears to be filmed on the popular discreet messaging app Snapchat, shows the lightning-rod wideout holding what appears to be a thick, brown blunt in his left hand.

Beckham, who appears unaware he is being taped, can be heard uttering “trying to get you to sleep with someone.”

At the very end of the recording, the woman then turns the camera to display a Snapchat-like filter image of herself.

The Giants said they were aware of the video but had no further comment.

There’s also white powder in the video, making the clip even more frightening for Giants fans. It was a tough season for Beckham who had his season ended by a broken ankle, and in 2018 he’s set to make $8.5 million.

What happens now and the NFL’s and the Giants’ response to this latest video is anyone’s guess.

Giants Set to Move CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Safety

After the dismal 2017 season ended for the Giants, there were no guarantees Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would return to complete the final year on his contract. It seemed the only way he would come back was if he agreed to a salary reduction, a move from cornerback to safety, or both., Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

For now, it appears Rodgers-Cromartie will be back, at a new position, as the new Giants coaching staff is moving him to safety, according to reports, a move that makes complete sense given his age and skill set.

“Put me anywhere as long as I get on that field a little bit, I don’t mind,’’ Rodgers-Cromartie said the day after the season ended. “Free safety, strong safety, linebacker, it don’t matter, just trying to be out there.’’

A 10-year NFL veteran, Rodgers-Cromartie, 31, played in 15 games this past season. The only game he missed was in Denver as he was suspended after he stormed off the field during a loss to the Chargers, then walked out of the team facility after then-coach Ben McAdoo informed him he would not be playing the following week. He is in the final year of a five-year, $35 million contract and is on the books for a salary of $6.48 million with a salary cap hit of $8.5 million. If the Giants cut him, they save $5.1 on the cap. They still could approach him about a cut in pay.

Although Rodgers-Cromartie at times infuriated previous coaching regimes by asking out of games, he has been reliable, playing in 61 of a possible 64 games since coming to the Giants.

Giants Gab 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

He could be this season’s Kordell Stewart, a player who can play both quarterback, and at a moment’s notice shift to being a wide receiver.

He’s Lamar Jackson, who just wrapped up a solid college career that saw him throw 9043 yards in three college seasons with 69 touchdowns, and he’s ready to make an impact on the team that drafts him come late April.

Jackson is a possible game breaker of a player, but at what position and how long he’ll have to be developed are two big questions about him, and if a team is patient, they may get a player that could stretch the field either under center or lined out wide.

Here’s our report on Jackson, a player to watch in this seasons draft.

Walter Football’s breakdown of Jackson

In speaking with a general manager from an AFC team, they said that Jackson is the most dynamic player in the 2018 NFL Draft. With amazing running ability, speed, and a powerful arm, Jackson is a rare talent who possesses a phenomenal skill set. While he made highlight-reel plays on a routine basis, some in the media have criticized him to the point that he may not be a high first-rounder and could slip to the middle or back portion of the first round. Some analysts have even suggested Jackson should move to another position. However in speaking with team sources, multiple top executives and scouts think that Jackson is being undervalued and definitely can stay as a quarterback in the NFL.

Jackson broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. That season, he also ran for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry. In 2016, Jackson set college football on fire while winning the Heisman Trophy. The sophomore was a massive point-producer for the Cardinals. Jackson completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He also ran for 21 touchdowns and 1,571 yards while averaging six yards per carry.

Jackson’s 2017 was comparable to his Heisman winning season although he wasn’t even invited to New York as a finalist for the sham award, which effectively excludes linemen and defensive players. In 2017, Jackson completed 59 percent of his passes for 3,660 yards with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry on the ground on his way to 1,601 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns.

Sources from around the league acknowledged that Jackson was a one-man team. Louisville did not have a good running game and fielded a bad offensive line that allowed steady heat on Jackson. Poor receivers consistently dropped well-thrown passes, and that kept Jackson from completing 60 percent of his passes. While a poor supporting cast is used to help justify some of the underwhelming numbers for Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, the same benefit of the doubt doesn’t seem to get extended to Jackson.

Of the top quarterback prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, Jackson has the most athletic ability and dual-threat danger to give defenses huge problems. He has elite arm strength with a powerful gun that can make devastating throws. Jackson’s arm is so strong that he can make throws off platform that other quarterback can only make after having set their feet. With just a flick of the wrist, the ball explodes out of Jackson’s hands, and he can beat good coverage with perfect throws that very few quarterbacks can make. Jackson also hangs tough in the pocket while staring down the barrel to deliver passes while under the pass rush. He showed good field vision to work through progressions with pocket presence and patience to let routes develop. Jackson can buy time with his feet, and so many of his highlights are dominated by runs, but Jackson has a devastating arm to hurt defenses downfield. He also has run a complicated college offense under Bobby Petrino, displaying full command for the system.

A First Look Scouting Report from

What I liked: Jackson primarily aligns in the shotgun/pistol, but he does take some snaps from under center. He shows quick feet in his drop and has an explosive/snap delivery. He can generate plenty of velocity without incorporating much of his lower half. He flashes the ability to accurately drive the ball into tight windows.

He has tremendous upside as a passer but his ability to make plays with his legs is what makes him special. He has Mike Vick-type explosiveness when he takes off on designed QB runs or scrambles. He gets up to top speed immediately and destroys pursuit angles from opposing safeties. He isn’t quite as shifty as Vick, but he is just as fast in a straight line.

Where he needs to improve: Jackson has a ways to go to develop into a consistently accurate passer. He has a bad habit of locking out his front leg, screwing himself into the ground and falling off throws. This dramatically affects his ball placement and touch. He flashes the ability to work to Nos. 2-3 in his progression, but usually if No. 1 isn’t there, he looks to run. In his defense, the pass protection at Louisville was terrible at times (see Houston game).

The other major concern about Jackson is his thin frame. He is very wiry and he’ll need to add some bulk to withstand a 16-game schedule at the next level. The same things were said about Deshaun Watson early in his college career. He packed on plenty of bulk before leaving Clemson and hopefully Jackson will do the same.

Biggest takeaway: I don’t use the Mike Vick comparison lightly. Vick is the most explosive quarterback to ever play the position. Jackson has that type of dynamic speed. However, Vick was a more polished passer and Jackson has some mechanical improvements that need to be made before he’ll be capable of matching Vick’s professional success. If Jackson can clean some of these issues up, watch out!

I can’t wait to see him play … Clemson on Sept. 16. Jackson put on an impressive display against the Tigers last fall, but Louisville came up a little short against the eventual national champions. This time, Jackson gets to play the Tigers at home. Last year, a highly rated Florida State squad came to Louisville and got thrashed. That was probably the moment that won Jackson the Heisman Trophy. If he leads his team to a win over Clemson this year, his campaign for a second consecutive Heisman would receive a huge jolt.

Some Highlights of Jackson:

Luke Easterling makes the Case for Jackson being the Best Player of the Draft:

First, I’d like to thank you for actually opening this article and beginning to read, rather than seeing the headline and angrily quote-tweeting “yur an moran” along with the link.

Let’s proceed.

The 2018 quarterback class got tons of hype this past offseason, with the likes of UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph all getting top-10 projections from many outlets and analysts.

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield has even shot up the invisible in-season draft board on his way to winning this year’s Heisman Trophy.

The four names I mentioned before have all shown flashes of brilliance this season, but have also provided far more head-scratching moments than many expected. From questionable decision-making and costly turnovers to injuries and inconsistency across the board, the flaws of this year’s top passers have been more evident than their strengths in 2017.

But while Rosen and Darnold continue to dominate the talk of who should go No. 1 overall, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson has been quietly putting together another fantastic season, showing the kind of marked improvement as a passer that should have him firmly planted in that conversation.

Instead, we’ve been forced to endure the tired but unsurprising barrage of “he’ll have to move to wide receiver at the next level” takes. Nobody’s talking about the athletic, talented but raw Allen needing to switch positions at the next level, but Jackson? Oh, definitely.

Before we go any further, let me make this clear: Lamar has flaws. Ugly ones, at times. He’s inconsistent, can be wildly inaccurate, and makes some head-scratching throws. Hell, he’s thrown two odious interceptions against Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl since I started writing this.

You feel more comfortable drafting the Blaine Gabberts, Christian Ponders, EJ Manuels, Brady Quinns, J.P. Losmans, Kyle Bollers, Joey Harringtons, Patrick Ramseys, JaMarcus Russells, Tim Couches, Akili Smiths, Ryan Leafs, Jason Campbells, Cade McNowns and Jim Druckenmillers?

Knock yourself out.

I’d rather ride or die with a player who could break the mold and become something the league has never seen before.

Again, he’s not perfect. He still needs refinement, and he’ll have bumps along the way. There’s plenty of “boom-or-bust” to his game, but he’s absolutely no more of a risky pick than any other quarterback in this class.

I’m not saying he will be a first-round pick. I’m not saying he’ll be an immediate NFL star, the next Deshaun Watson or a 10-time Pro Bowler who revolutionizes the position. I’m just saying he’s capable of everything we’re projecting for Rosen, Darnold and the rest of the bunch, if not just a little bit more.

Another Scouting Report from The Drafster:

Lamar Jackson is one of the most electrifying play makers in this years draft. Not only is he a solid passer, but he has no problem beating you with his legs. In his previous two years where he had more control of the offense, he passed for 7,203 yards with 57 touchdowns along with 19 interceptions, while running for 3,172 yards and 39 touchdowns. His running ability is likely more responsible for his hype rather than his passing ability.

However, if he wants to adapt to the NFL, Jackson will have to earn to survive without his legs as often. In his sophomore year of college, Jackson had 260 rushing attempts, his junior year he had 232 attempts. In the NFL, he will never see that many attempts, and never should. He has a special talent with running the ball, he has the speed and the elusiveness. This skill should definitely still get put to use, it just needs to be turned down multiple notches.

As said earlier, his running ability has probably accounted for more of his hype than his actual passing has. However this isn’t a fair claim. Lamar has nice velocity on his delivery that can get the ball into a tight window. He has very good accuracy on his short to mid-depth passes, but struggles with his deep ball at times. His on target down the field passes will be some of the most well placed throws you’ll see. His off the target passes downfield are usually barely off but still inconsistent nonetheless.

As far as his skills in the pocket, you’ve of course got the good and you got the bad. On one hand, he has a very good sense for when the pass rush is getting to close, and he’ll either get the ball off right then and there, or he will take off. On the other hand he could use some improvement on his footwork. When dropping back, his feet seem to move slightly slower than you would like, which is the cause for his inaccurate passes. On top of footwork, I noticed whenever he would decide to bolt out of the pocket and run, he would stumble out of his break. As a runner his feet are fine, but while working in the pocket it needs improvement.

Jackson is by no means a finished project and will probably take a season or two to achieve what he is capable of. But it is promising seeing how dynamic of a player he is even with his flaws. If he were thrown into a starter role, I see his rookie year being one of those seasons where certain games he will light up the scoreboard, but then a week later he struggles heavily.

Current Draft Value: Mid to late 2nd rounder.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman Says the Door is Open to Moving the Second Pick in the Draft

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman left the door open to a potential trade down in the first round, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

“Are we open for business? Any decision I make’s gonna be in the best interest of the New York Football Giants, plain and simple,” Gettleman said. “So if someone makes me an offer I can’t refuse, would I move back? It depends upon who’s there.”

But the GM qualified that his decision will have everything to do with the answer to a simple question: Is there a future Hall of Famer, a “generational player” as Pat Shurmur said, who is a can’t-miss star? Because if that player exists and he’s still on the board after Cleveland picks first, then it wouldn’t be a tough decision for Gettleman at all.

“If there’s a guy worthy of being the second pick of a draft — and what we’re basically saying if we answer that question to the affirmative, you’re drafting what you think’s gonna be a Hall of Fame player — you can’t get too cute about the whole thing,” Gettleman said. “You know what I’m saying?”