Ward, Price join ranks of Buckeyes taken in NFL Draft first round

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Two Ohio State Buckeyes were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night and they won't be going that far away.

Cornerback Denzel Ward was the first off the board when he was picked by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 4 pick.

Joining him in the first round was teammate Billy Price, who was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21.

Ward played three seasons with the Buckeyes. For his career, Ward played in 38 games and had 57 tackles and 26 passes defended, including two interceptions.

In 2017, he earned consensus All-America honors and first-team all-Big Ten accolades after recording 17 passes defensed with 15 pass break-ups and two interceptions.

Price was the 2017 Rimington Award winner, a unanimous All-American, a two-time team captain and Big Ten Conference offensive lineman of the year.

The Browns kicked off the draft by selecting quarterback Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma.

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2018 NFL Draft order Round 1

  1. Cleveland Browns - Baker Mayfield | QB | Oklahoma
  2. New York Giants - Saquon Barkley | RB| Penn State
  3. New York Jets - Sam Darnold | QB | USC
  4. Cleveland Browns - Denzel Ward | CB | Ohio State
  5. Denver Broncos - Bradley Chubb | DE | NC State
  6. Indianapolis Colts - Quenton Nelson | G | Notre Dame
  7. Buffalo Bills - Josh Allen | QB | Wyoming
  8. Chicago Bears - Roquan Smith | OL | Georgia
  9. San Francisco 49ers - Mike Mcglinchey | OT | Notre Dame
  10. Arizona Cardinals - Josh Rosen | QB | UCLA
  11. Miami Dolphins - Minkah Fitzpatrick | S| Alabama
  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Vita Vea | DT | Washington
  13. Washington Redskins - Da'Ron Payne | DT | Washington
  14. New Orleans Saints - Marcus Davenport | DE | UTSA
  15. Oakland Raiders - Kolton Miller | OT | UCLA
  16. Buffalo Bills - Tremaine Edmunds | LB | Virginia Tech
  17. Los Angeles Chargers - Derwin James | S | Florida State
  18. Green Bay Packers - Jaire Alexander | CB | Louisville
  19. Dallas Cowboys - Leighton Vander Esch | LB | Boise State
  20. Detroit Lions - Frank Ragnow | C | Arkansas
  21. Cincinnati Bengals - Billy Price | C | Ohio State
  22. Tennessee Titans - Rashaan Evans | LB | Alabama
  23. New England Patriots - Isaiah Wynn | G | Georgia
  24. Carolina Panthers - DJ Moore | WR | Maryland
  25. Baltimore Ravens - Hayden Hurst | TE | South Carolina
  26. Atlanta Falcons - Calvin Ridley | WR | Alabama
  27. Seattle Seahawks - Rashaad Penny | RB | San Diego State
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers - Terrell Edmunds | S | Virginia Tech
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars - Taven Bryan | DT | Florida
  30. Minnesota Vikings - Mike Hughes | CB | UCF
  31. New England Patriots - Sony Michel | RB | Georgia
  32. Baltimore Ravens - Lamar Jackson | QB | Louisville