Denzel Ward is widely considered to be the best cornerback prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has been mentioned in mock drafts as high as the No. 5 pick and as low as No. 14. Currently, the Green Bay Packers hold the No. 14 overall pick and are in need of help at the cornerback position, which could make the two parties a good fit for each other.
Pro Football Focus certainly thinks that Ward would be a good fit for the Packers. They have the Packers listed as the best fit for the Ohio State cornerback in their latest prospect fits article.
Needless to say, the Packers would love to be able to welcome Ward to Green Bay. They currently have Tramon Williams and Kevin King as their top two cornerbacks, with Davon House also returning on a one-year deal. Ward would immediately push for a starting job.
Last season for the Buckeyes, Ward ended up racking up 37 total tackles to go along with two interceptions and 15 defended passes. He received a comparison to Chris Harris Jr. from NFL.com and there are quite a few areas where he is praised in his prospect profile. Ward is expected to be a future star and the Packers could use more playmaking stars on defense.
All of that being said, Ward is not going to be available at No. 14 unless something unexpected happens. If the Packers want to draft Ward, they will likely have to trade up. Brian Gutekunst has been much more aggressive than Ted Thompson, which makes a trade up for Ward a possibility.
Expect to see Ward end up being a top-10 pick in the draft this year. He would fit with quite a few different teams, but PFF seems to believe that Green Bay offers him the best fit.