Browns rookie picks off Ben Roethlisberger twice in the first half of his debut
Denzel Ward leads the NFL in interceptions
When the Cleveland Browns came on the board with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 draft, there was a fairly widespread expectation that they'd take a pass-rusher to slot into the lineup across from 2017 No. 1 pick Myles Garrett. Instead, the Browns went in another direction and took a cornerback.
The first interception came on a broken play, where Ward read Big Ben's eyes and darted in front of Antonio Brown, the intended receiver, before Roethlisberger could squeeze the ball into a tight window.
The second pick for Ward came late in the second quarter, when he ended up in the right place at the right time. Roethlisberger's pass intended for Jesse James hit off the tight end's hands and slid right on through, landing in Ward's lap.
Cleveland's offense unfortunately could not capitalize on either opportunity Ward created, as Tyrod Taylor and company were shut out by the Pittsburgh defense during the first half.
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
National sportswriter Mike Tierney tells you who to pick in your Week 12 football survivor...
Dante Fowler believes the Rams pass rush got to the Chiefs quarterback
Brady Quinn joins Will Brinson to break down the Monday night thriller, the NFC East race and...
McVay may be the future of NFL coaching but Reid certainly isn't living in the past
Larry Hartstein has his finger on the pulse of Drew Brees and the Saints
On the 10-year anniversary, The Season: 2008 Steelers Podcast relives every moment from Pittsburgh's...