Browns CB Denzel Ward Leads NFL in Impressive Stat

Denzel Ward during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Denzel Ward during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

When the Cleveland Browns selected Denzel Ward with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, many saw it as a surprising pick, somewhat of a reach if you will. However, once the season began, it was soon realized that Ward was a fantastic pick. He became an instant star in the Browns secondary.

After taking a bit of a step back in his sophomore campaign, Ward is having another great season in 2020 and one specific stat highlights that. He currently leads the NFL in passes defended.

Ward is covering the opposing team's top wide receiver in most instances, so for him to lead the league in this category makes it all the more impressive.

Keeping the ball out of the hands of the top guys is a tough job. While he might be getting more passes thrown his way, he's also doing what he's supposed to with those opportunities. An encouraging sign for a Browns secondary that had struggled for so long.

Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $1,000!

David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.