Denzel Ward is doing all he can to become the latest Ohio State defensive back to be among the top picks in the NFL draft. That includes sending over some video of a workout via cell phone.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King revealed an interesting story about Ward in his latest Monday Morning Quarterback column. According to King, Ward sent an NFL team video of himself completing the 20-yard shuttle run after he sat out the event at the combine due to injury.
From King’s column:
The Ohio State cornerback had a tweaked ankle at the combine and left without doing some of the traditional athletic drills, including the 20-yard short shuttle. One team wanted that short shuttle. This team told Ward it needed the shuttle to complete its evaluation. A rep of the team told Ward he could even just find a friend to take a cellphone video of Ward doing the shuttle, and send it to the team. The team heard nothing back. Finally, on Saturday, the coach for this team got a ping on his smart phone. It was from Ward, with a slightly shaky video of him doing the short shuttle on an empty field somewhere. I doubt this team picks him, but it says something about Ward completing this task that’s impressive.
Ward could likely be the top cornerback selected in the draft. He was projected as the 13th overall pick to Washington in King’s mock draft. Ward was predicted as the ninth overall pick to San Francisco in Land of 10’s seven-round mock draft.