Projecting 1 breakout star for each NFL team in 2018


32. Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward, cornerback

Ward is a legitimate Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate and perhaps the most notable among prospective breakout NFL stars on defense.

The Browns drew criticism for passing up Bradley Chubb to pair opposite Myles Garrett, but Ward has the tools to justify the fourth overall pick. He’s already with the first-team defense despite Cleveland signing three veteran cornerbacks in free agency.

We’ll find out quickly what Ward is capable of when the Browns take on Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1.