Ohio State's Garrett Wilson would like to play with Browns QB Baker Mayfield: 'My guy'

Nate Ulrich
Akron Beacon Journal

INDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson isn't down on Baker Mayfield after the Browns quarterback's rough, injury-riddled 2021 season.

In fact, Wilson is a fan of Mayfield, and they have a history together.

For those reasons, Wilson said Wednesday during the NFL Scouting Combine he would welcome playing with Mayfield as a professional.

Wilson and Mayfield both hail from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. They didn't attend school together — Wilson is 21 and Mayfield is 26 — but they have worked out with each other, including during the pandemic shutdown.

“Baker's my guy,” Wilson said at the Indiana Convention Center. “He was always a little older than me and he would come back [to Lake Travis] and coach seven on seven. During the quarantine, we actually threw together a couple times. So I know that Baker is a great player. We have a good relationship.”

Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson catches the touchdown over Michigan State cornerback Chester Kimbrough, left, and safety Angelo Grose during the first quarter in the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Wilson is a virtual lock to be selected in the first round in the NFL Draft on April 28, and he could be the first receiver chosen.

Receiver is the Browns' most glaring need, which they could address with the 13th overall pick.

“I did have a formal [combine meeting] with the Browns,” Wilson said. “It would be great to link up with Baker. Baker's someone that did all the things that I wanted to do. Being a Heisman [Trophy] winner, that's stuff you can only dream about, so watching him ball when I was younger, that was really awesome. Having that opportunity to maybe have that happen again would be awesome.”

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Chris Olave, another Ohio State receiver, could also become a first-round pick next month.

“It’s always good to see Buckeyes playing at a high level and producing. Those guys are very talented prospects,” Browns General Manager Andrew Berry said of Wilson and Olave on Tuesday. “We obviously have a lot of pride with our college in Columbus. Look, there are a number of talented players across all positions, and we’re looking forward to getting to know them a little bit better over the next couple days.”

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Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson celebrates a first-quarter touchdown against Purdue with wide receiver Chris Olave.

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com.