The Cleveland Browns will be represented by the cornerstones of their defense in the 2018 Pro Bowl.
Defensive end Myles Garrett and cornerback Denzel Ward were both selected by the fans, coaches and players to represent the Browns as well as the AFC in the annual NFL All-Star Game that will take place on January 27 in Orlando, Florida.
The Browns will also have six alternates who could potentially join Garrett and Ward.
- G Joel Bitonio (first alternate)
- RB Nick Chubb (second alternate)
- P Britton Colquitt (second alternate)
- WR Jarvis Landry (third alternate)
- QB Baker Mayfield (fourth alternate)
- G Kevin Zeitler (fourth alternate)
This is both Garrett and Ward’s first trip to the Pro Bowl and both have been very deserving as they have played a huge role in the Browns turnaround this season from an 0-16 season one year ago to a current record of 6-7-1 and still having a slight chance for a postseason berth.
Garrett has been one of the top pass rushers in the NFL this season with 12.5 sacks (6th in the NFL) and 27 QB hits. He also has racked up 38 tackles (11 for a loss), 3 pass deflections and 3 forced fumbles in 14 games.
Ward is the sixth rookie in franchise history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. The others were Jim Brown, Paul Warfield, Greg Pruitt, Chip Banks and Joe Thomas.
While he has missed the last two games with a concussion, the fourth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft has played like one of the top cornerbacks in football all season long.
Pro Football Focus has him ranked as the 12th best cornerback in the NFL and in 12 games, Ward has racked up 48 tackles, 3 interceptions, 11 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.
Ward’s selection also gives John Dorsey his fourth straight year of drafting someone who was elected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
Previously with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dorsey selected Marcus Peters in 2015, Tyreek Hill in 2016 and Kareem Hunt in 2017 who all made the Pro Bowl in their rookie season.