Denzel Ward Set To Visit Five Teams With Top-12 NFL Draft Picks, Including Cleveland Browns, Per Report

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lamplighter's picture

The Browns will pass on him @ 4.  Maybe trade down a couple?

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brutus360's picture

Never happen.

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BuckInChicago's picture

If the Browns get a crazy good package for #4 and get to trade down a few spots I wouldn't be angry with this pick.  

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Rocket Man's picture

It's a trap!

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

I'm between Denzel Ward, Roquan Smith, and Tremaine Edmunds if the Browns pass on Chubb at #4. I wouldn't mind Ward at #4 either. 

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BrutusB's picture

I’ve seen Chubb and Fitzpatrick most often. If they really want Ward, they should move down to 6 or 7 and get some extra picks. 

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awlinBrutus's picture

This is a very deep draft especially at the top. The browns in all likelihood will be in the top ten nect year as well. I would trade down in the first with both picks. They can probaby get a 2&3 plus the lower 1st rounder for the 1&4. 4 extra picks in rounds 2-4 is huge in the nfl draft.most starters come from the first 4 rounds. 4 extra picks for a team like the Browns would be very good imo.

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TxBuckeye5's picture

Respectfully disagree, with the team already being the youngest in the NFL we need to just use those high picks and stop littering the roster with rookies. 

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703Buckeye's picture

Each NFL team is only allowed to host 30 prospects for pre-draft visits, so visits are typically reserved for players who the team has serious interest in selecting.

Ward does not count against the 30 visits for the Browns. NFL teams can host "local" area prospects without it counting against their visitor limit. In this case, Ohio State counts as a local team for the Browns (I believe Cincinnati too).

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LoufromOSU's picture

Are you sure about that?  Ohio State is not a "local" team for neither the Bengals or the Browns, as the rule for the local players involves colleges in the team's metropolitan area and those individual players who reside in that area, and Ward is from Macedonia, which is a suburb of Akron, not Cleveland.  I believe he will count against their 30. 

From http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/05/breaking-down-the-rules-regarding-pre-draft-rookie-visits/

Players who attend college or reside in a club’s “metropolitan area” can be given a physical examination without counting against the 30-player limit, unless the club provides transportation for the visit.  Also, a player who attends college or whose hometown is in a club’s “metropolitan area” may be timed and tested at the club’s facility, as long as the club does not provide transportation.

“Metropolitan area” is defined as contiguous suburbs. There isn’t a 25-mile, 50-mile, or any other type of mileage radius rule.

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703Buckeye's picture

I assume you're replying to me. Yes, I am sure, based off reporting from Cleveland.com.

Darnold, 20, is one of the 30 players the Browns can bring in to Berea, not counting local players who grew up in the area or attended nearby colleges, including Ohio State.

http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/04/sam_darnold_visiting_the_brown.html#incart_river_index

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LoufromOSU's picture

I think I found the answer.  Ward doesn't count because he is a player who went to Nordonia, which qualifies as local. 

But Ohio State is not considered a local team. Mary Kay should brush up on the rules.   

https://www.ohio.com/akron/sports/browns/browns-begin-hosting-quarterbac...

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LoufromOSU's picture

There was a change to the rule in 2017.  Still, I think Ohio State falls outside of the 50 mile radius. 

From http://www.pennlive.com/steelers/index.ssf/2017/04/steelers_local_visit_...

Each NFL team is designated three local Football Bowl Subdivision schools, including at least one in a Power Five conference whose players they can administer medical examinations to without counting against the 30 pre-Draft visits. There are also rules preventing teams from evaluating players physical (ie. testing, timing) if they provide transportation to the player, regardless of where they're from or went to school.

Players from colleges within a 50-mile radius of team headquarters also don't count against a given club's 30-player limit.

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BrutusB's picture

Other than USC/UCLA (who have been down lately) there really aren't any powerhouse teams within 50 miles of NFL teams.  So the rule doesn't seem like it would help all that much.

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LoufromOSU's picture

True.  The Steelers have a lot of Pitt guys visit (heck, they share facilities), but Pitt is hardly a powerhouse in this day and age.  UGA might be within the distance for the Falcons, and of course some of the Florida teams qualify with the pro teams. 

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BrutusB's picture

UGA is 70 miles from Atlanta.  Gainesville and Tallahassee are both 70+ from both Jacksonville and Tampa.  So the only Florida school that benefits is Miami / Dolphins.

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LoufromOSU's picture

The Falcon's HQ is at 4400 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, which is 42 miles from UGA.  Its not where the stadium is, its where the teams are headquartered. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Best of luck to you Ward - wherever you land 

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