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

Browns Draft blog: It's Christmas in Cleveland
Posted at 4:19 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 06:42:50-04

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.