Denzel Ward, CB: Considered one of the top two corners in the draft and the latest from Ohio State pool of defensive backs going in the first round (Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, Eli Apple). He ran a blazing 4.32 forty yard dash at Combine and was great in man-to-man coverage throughout the year. Excellent feet, great at mirroring receivers, versatile and can play either boundary or in the slot.
One-year starter but was a vital role player in 2016, great instincts and not afraid of physicality. Okay hands (only two interceptions in 2017) but 24 passes defended in two years. Okay jammer at the line and a willing tackler but size and strength will be issue going forward. Can get grabby, will have to clean this up at the next level. Very sound technically, will be a very good starter in the NFL.
Josh Jackson, CB: Iowa corner who led nation with eight interceptions in 2017. Great size and length for position (6-foot-1, 190 pounds), little slower (4.56) but good recovery speed, long strider. Ballhawk with limited tape, good jammer and uses his length well. Has a tendency to allow ball carriers come to him instead of going and attacking them. Has the cover capability to start but his technique and effort need to improve.
Pulled down five interceptions in back-to-back games against Ohio St. and Wisconsin including two he took back for touchdowns. Faster than quick, susceptible to moves underneath. Reminds me of Casey Hayward, clear superior ball skills with technical flaws but who could be a real game-changer in terms of turnovers.