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Urban Meyer Reacts To Browns, Bengals Drafting Ohio State Stars

Urban Meyer celebrates by throwing up the "O" after Ohio State beat Michigan State.

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with his players after beating the Michigan State Spartans 17-16 at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ohio State has dominated in the NFL Draft in recent years. On Thursday night, another two Buckeyes were taken in the first round. Urban Meyer is excited about the two Buckeyes NFL Draft selections.

First up, cornerback Denzel Ward went fourth overall to the Cleveland Browns. There was a ton of speculation over how Cleveland would use that fourth pick, after taking a quarterback No. 1. After taking Baker Mayfield, only Saquon Barkley was taken off the board in terms of non-quarterbacks, with the Giants selecting the running back No. 2.

The Browns could have gone with NC State star Bradley Chubb, seen as perhaps the best overall player in the draft. Instead, they went with Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward to help out the secondary.

The Bengals did not pick until No. 21 in the first round, after a trade with the Buffalo Bills earlier in the year. The other Ohio NFL franchise also went with a Buckeye, taking center Billy Price.

Urban Meyer loves that his Buckeyes NFL Draft destinations are both in state.

The Ohio State head coach tweeted a cool "Ohio Pride" graphic this afternoon. Both players are Ohioans as well.

The Browns' first round overall had a lot more intrigue for Buckeye fans. The aforementioned Mayfield puts Ohio State fans who are still reeling from his famous Ohio Stadium flag plant in an interesting spot.

Ward spoke about becoming teammates with Mayfield, and he handled things well. From Associated Press writer Tom Withers:

"I definitely love and respect Baker Mayfield's competitive nature. I obviously didn't like the planting of the flag at Ohio State, but we're on the same team now. So we've got a new mission to accomplish."

If Mayfield succeeds with the Browns, we expect that to quickly become the tenor of the Buckeye/Browns fans out there as well. With the suffering that franchise has gone through, it'd be hard not to forgive a winning quarterback for just about anything on the field like that.