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.
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.
Apparently, the Browns knew who they would pick weeks ago
Just to clarify and correct, while Browns GM John Dorsey has known who he would pick about 6 weeks ago, he still wanted an al-inclusive process for organizational unity. He didn't formally reveal it with owners Jimmy & Dee Haslam until this week, per team sources.