I would like to thank Browns and Bengals executives for reading the Skull Session. My missionary work is almost complete.
Denzel Ward and Billy Price are the first Ohio State players to be selected by the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals in the same NFL draft since the Browns drafted Tom Skladany and the Bengals drafted Pete Johnson in the second round of the 1977 NFL draft.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) April 27, 2018
Let's see how our well-adjusted Cincy friends handled the local team drafting a blue collar lineman capable of playing three positions at an elite level:
Happy to have him but he can leave that brand in Columbus.— Jason Sallans (@jasonincbus) April 27, 2018
go bearcats— Matt Roden (@mattr0den) April 27, 2018
No thanks...— Gozzer (@GOZZER513) April 27, 2018
Cincinnati hates the Suckeyes!— Eric Schaible (@9mmmetal) April 27, 2018
Boooooooooooo!— john clark (@cincyfan2002) April 27, 2018
F off with that OSU brand nonsense.— Jeremy Beckham (@BeckhamREGroup) April 27, 2018
Those sex-havers are almost as embarrassing as the NFL needing three hours to broadcast 32 picks.
- The Almighty Cleveland Browns drafted Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick.
- The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Billy Price with the 21st overall pick.
- Ryan Shazier walks across the draft stage and announces the Steelers' first-round pick.
- Former Bruce Earle players blotted Buck-I-Guy's signature from a memorial photo.
- Buck-I-Guy defended himself by saying he missed the sign declaring the photo for former coaches and players only.
- You have until May 1 to reserve your (or your business’) spot on the plaque next to the life-size statue of Woody Hayes coming to Newcomerstown!
Word of the Day: Cynosure.
BROWNIES ON THE MARCH. I warned the haters. Get your jokes in, because the Browns are on the ascension. Last night, they made their move.
I worry about Baker Mayfield surviving 16 NFL games as a Browns quarterback. But I'm not going to trash the pick before seeing him play a single game.
He won't be "Johnny Manziel 2.0" unless he has multiple substance abuse issues that the Browns aren't aware about. To be fair, that's a scenario that can't be ruled out.
More importantly, the Browns drafted a Buckeye for the first time in damn near a decade. Welcome to the war machine, Denzel Ward!
Denzel Ward on Baker Mayfield: "Obviously did not like the planting of the flag at Ohio State, but we have a new mission to accomplish." #Browns— Hayden Grove (@H_Grove) April 27, 2018
"Coach Coombs said he wanted to coach first round draft picks and win championships"— Brett Hiltbrand (@brett_hiltbrand) April 27, 2018
- Denzel Ward
Ohio State proving that right again tonight. @11W
I didn't like the attempted flag plant, either. Yet there are only two possible outcomes:
- Mayfield leads the Browns to the Super Bowl, in which case I expunge the flag plant from his record.
- Mayfield washes out and the state of Ohio wins the rubber match against a Texan with a bad attitude.
Either way, Denzel Ward will be better than Joe Haden.
RECRUITING STARS MATTER. Baker Mayfield was once resigned to playing at Washington State or pre-Lane Kiffin FAU. His dad put a boot up Baker's ass, and now he's the No. 1 overall pick.
That is the exception to the rule. Recruiting rankings still matter:
MICHIGAN GETS ITS MAN. Entering Year 4, it's clear Jim Harbaugh can't recruit and develop a quarterback. So it only makes sense Wolverine fans shifted their eggs into the basket of Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson.
Patterson could gain his eligibility as soon as today.
PARIS — Shea Patterson, the dynamic, acclaimed former Ole Miss quarterback, is expected to be granted a waiver by the NCAA and be eligible for the 2018 season.
Sources told The Blade it’s “a formality,” which would end an angst-filled, months-long waiting game for Patterson and Michigan. A final decision could be announced by the NCAA as soon as Friday.
The appeals process has featured Patterson’s former school attempting to deny his request and his attorney, Tom Mars, lobbing verbal haymakers at the University of Mississippi.
Let's see how they're handling the news north of the border:
This should go over well in Columbus, State College, and East Lansing. pic.twitter.com/ep7NPU8PHY— Shawn L. Martin (@ShawnLMartin) April 26, 2018
Michigan media loves gassing fans this time of year. And Michigan fans slurp it up like the desperate chumps they are. I'd feel a lot more superior about it if I hadn't spent the last decade as a Browns fan.
WELCOME TO PICKTOWN. I don't go to Pickerington because suburbs make me sick. Seems like they've figured out high school athletics, though.
That begins to explain how this NFL wave started. Audrey Hasson, a sports reporter and anchor for the NBC affiliate in Columbus, grew up in Pickerington. She remembers a time when Ohio State Route 256 wasn't crammed with restaurants, businesses and stop-and-start traffic. She played basketball and softball at the original Pickerington High School.
"It was a farm town with a high school in the middle of a cornfield," she said. "We knew we were athletic kids. But to me, I would never have imagined this type of talent coming out of here year after year. It's about great teachers, great coaches and a great school system with a lot of great families. It starts there."
Picktown also produced Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Chris Lavert. It's a shame my son has cankles and a lumpy melon head. He might have been the next in line otherwise.
GEESE WILL DUMP YOUR ASS. I lived across the street from Africentric for two years and can attest those east side geese love to manslaughter people stupid enough to invade their personal space.
COLUMBUS (WCMH) - A middle school track meet that was supposed to take place at Columbus Africentric Early College has been cancelled due to geese nesting near the track.
According to Columbus City Schools, the Middle School Track North Prelims were set to take place at the school this afternoon.
The geese nesting near the track are acting aggressively toward anyone who happens to run by.
If you disagree with the decision you have to fight a goose in a steel cage. I promise your organs would reside on the international black market by sunset.