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Live blog: Browns begin new era by taking Mayfield at No. 1, Ward at No. 4

Posted: 4:19 PM, Apr 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-27 06:42:50-04
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The Browns have taken Baker Mayfield with their No. 1 pick. Not Sam Darnold. Not Josh Allen. Not Josh Rosen. The Browns are betting their future on the talented 6-foot-tall Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma. 

Baker Mayfield appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live following the draft who said he's excited to get to work.

When he signs, Mayfield will join a team that already has playoff-tested veteran Tyrod Taylor penciled in at starter, which should be interesting, since Mayfield is not the shy and retiring type.

PHOTOS: Browns Draft from the Muni Lot

Exhibit A: This moment which is seared into Ohio State fans' memories.

At the Muni Lot, where thousands of fans gathered to watch the draft, the reaction was mostly positive, according to a News 5 reporter at the scene.

Gonna be interesting.

 

And with the No. 4 pick...

The Browns shocked a lot of people and took local kid Denzel Ward, a defensive back from Ohio State who played at Nordonia High School. It was widely believed the Browns would take N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the fourth pick, or they would trade the pick for more picks, which the Browns seem to do every draft. What they rarely ever do is take Ohio State players, a trend that comes to an end with the selection of Ward.

"It's exciting. I'm ready to go to work," Ward said. 

It was all Baker all day

Apparently, the Browns knew who they would pick weeks ago

There is a special case for draft-day hats because of course there is

But wait, there's more

We're throwing out the 11 p.m. news and going all-in on the draft with Lauren Brill,  Jon Doss and Derek Forrest. There will be plenty to talk about.

Programming Updates

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BROWNS SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Browns 12, Buccaneers 13 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · 8:20 PM EDT Los Angeles Rams (NBC)

WEEK 4 · Sun 09/29 · 1:00 PM EDT at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 8:15 PM EDT at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · 1:00 PM EDT Seattle Seahawks (Fox)

WEEK 7 Bye

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/27 · 4:25 PM EDT at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/03 · 4:25 PM EST at Denver Broncos (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/10 · 1:00 PM EST Buffalo Bills (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Thu 11/14 · 8:20 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (Fox, NFL Network, Amazon)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/24 · 1:00 PM EST Miami Dolphins (CBS)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/01 · 4:25 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 14 · Sun 12/08 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/15 · 4:05 PM EST at Arizona Cardinals (CBS)

WEEK 16 · Sun 12/22 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 17 · Sun 12/29 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)