As the fourth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Denzel Ward had a lot of hype to live up to.
So far, according to Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Ward has definitely done that, earning a lot of praise in the process.
"He is one of the best press guys that I have seen in the last few years at this level."
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 19, 2018
The coach said Ward now has to stand tall against good players and that as coordinator Williams has to help Ward in that process, giving him a major compliment as well.
“He is one of the best press guys that I have seen in the last few years at this level. He still has a ways to go, but coming in, he has a base of knowledge that is pretty good.”
Williams also said Ward has fit into the locker room faster than most rookies he’s seen and that he wouldn’t move Ward up the depth chart if that wasn’t the case.
“When a veteran comes to me and says, ‘Hey coach, we’re better when Denzel is out there,'” Williams told Browns staff writer Patrick Maks. “‘So really? Now you’re taking ownership of him? Oh really? Now you’re mentoring him? We’ll see. I will give him a couple of reps out there, and we will see.’
“After that, when you give that kid the opportunity and that he fits in the room, as opposed to just anointing him because we drafted him. He hasn’t played in this league. I don’t anoint anybody. Both he and (2017 No. 1 overall pick) Myles [Garrett] got the acceptance of everyone faster than most rookies have had.”