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NFL Draft: Browns take Mayfield, Buckeyes Ward in first round


UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns selected Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick after taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first overall.

The New York Giants took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley second, and the New York Jets picked USC quarterback Sam Darnold third.

This is the second time in three years an Ohio State player has gone in the top four picks after San Diego took Joey Bosa third in 2016.

Original report:

The Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick in the NFL Draft tonight.

The Browns also own the fourth pick in the draft and will be back on the clock in about an half hour.

This is the third time since 2012 the Browns have drafted a quarterback in the first round. They selected Johnny Manziel 22nd overall in 2014 and Brandon Weeden 22nd overall in 2012. The team picked DeShone Kizer in the second round last year and took Cody Kessler in the third round in 2016.

Mayfield, who is expected to backup Tyrod Taylor for the Browns in 2018, is the first Oklahoma player to be the first pick in the draft since the Rams took Sam Bradford 2010, and the fourth overall (Billy Sims, Lions, 1980; and Lee Roy Selmon, Buccaneers, 1976).



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