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List of Northeast Ohio connections from the 2019 NFL Draft

Posted: 11:24 PM, Apr 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-28 03:24:54Z
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The final rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft took place on Saturday and many of the selections throughout the draft hit close to home.

Some of the draft picks were home-towners, some were here to play college ball and others have just found their new home, but the one thing these players all have in common is Northeast Ohio.

Hometown Kids

  • Marquise Blair: S. Selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round with the 47th overall pick. The Wooster native attended Wooster High school and later went to play at Utah State University. In 2018, Blair started all 14 games, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors with 59 stops, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
  • Parris Campbell: WR. Selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round with the 59th overall pick. The Akron native was a running back during his years at St. Vincent-St. Mary where he ran for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns.
  • Andy Isabella: WR. Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round with the 62nd overall pick. Before attending the University of Massachusets, Isabella was a running back at Mayfield High School. His teams competed against Browns cornerback Denzel Ward, who played for Nordonia High School, in both track and football. Isabella ran for over 1,000 yards as a senior for the Wildcats. He ended his college career at UMass with 3,526 yards and 32 total touchdowns.
  • Justin Layne: WR. Selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round with the 83rd overall pick. Layne, a Cleveland native who played at Benedictine High School, attended Michigan State University. Layne began his freshman season as a wide receiver but was converted into a cornerback towards the start of the season. During his career, he played in 34 games, recorded 130 tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown.
  • Dre’Mont Jones: DT. Selected by the Denver Broncos in the third round with the overall pick. The Cleveland native was a basketball player at St. Ignatius High School before switching to football his last two seasons. Jones was named first-team All-Division I as a senior after recording 21 tackles for loss, four sacks and four forced fumbles.
  • John Cominsky: DE. Selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round with the 135th overall pick. The Barberton native was an option quarterback who was highly recruited and eventually enrolled at the University of Charleston. Last year he was the Mountain East Defensive Player of the Year, recording 67 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

College Connections

The University of Akron

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  • Ulysees Gilbert: LB. Selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round with the 207th overall pick. The Zips star earned Defensive MVP honors in 2017 and is a two-time first-team All-Mac selection, recording 85 tackles in 2018.

The Ohio State University

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  • Nick Bosa: DE. Selected by the San Fransisco 49ers in the first round with the second overall pick. Bosa really made a name for himself in 2017 when he was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and first-team all-conference selection with 34 tackles, and eight sacks despite starting in only four games.
  • Dwyane Haskins: QB. Selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round with the 15th overall pick. Haskins was a Heisman candidate, finishing third in the voting. He lead the nation with 4,831 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes and breaking numerous records.
  • Parris Campbell: WR. Selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round with the 59th overall pick. Campbell switched to wide receiver at OSU where ended his college career with 1,768 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns.
  • Dre’Mont Jones: DT. Selected by the Denver Broncos in the third round with the 71st overall pick. Jones didn’t have the best numbers in 2017, but improved exponentially in 2018, recording 42 tackles, 8.5 sacks, an interception and three fumble recoveries. His production led him to be voted first-team All-Big Ten.
  • Terry McLaurin: WR. Selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round with the 75th overall pick. McLaurin led the Buckeyes with 20.0 yards per reception as a senior, scoring 11 times in 14 starts.
  • Kendall Sheffield: CB. Selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round with the 111th overall pick. Sheffield transferred to the Buckeyes in 2017. That season he made 40 tackles with nine pass breakups, playing in all 14 games.
  • Michael Jordan: G. Selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round with the 136th overall pick. In 2016, Jordan became the first freshman to start on the offensive line for the Buckeyes since Pro Football Hall of Famer Orlando Pace in 1994.
  • Isaiah Prince: T. Selected by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round with the 202nd overall pick. The Buckeye was a team captain and first-team all-conference pick in 2018, starting in all 14 games at right tackle.
  • Mike Weber: RB. Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round with the 218th overall pick. Weber earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors recording 172 carries for 954 yards and five touchdowns.

The University of Toledo

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Diontae Johnson: WR. Selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round with the 66th overall pick. Johnson, a first-team All-MAC receiver in 2018, started in all 13 games and led the team with 49 receptions for 761 yards and eight touchdowns.

Ka’Dar Hollman: CB. Selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round with the 185th overall pick. Hollman ended his college career in Toledo leading the MAC with 12 pass breakups, along with 43 tackles and an interception.

Newly Acquired Browns

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  • Greedy Williams: CB. Selected by the Browns in the second round with the 46th overall pick after trading up from the 49th overall pick. A cornerback out of Louisiana State University, Williams posted 38 tackles and lead the SEC with six interceptions and 1.3 passes defended per game.
  • Sione Takitaki: LB. Selected by the Browns in the third round with the 80th overall pick. The linebacker from Brigham Young University was named a team captain for his senior season, starting all 13 games at linebacker and leading the Cougars with 118 tackles—nine for loss and three sacks.
  • Sheldrick Redwine: S. Selected by the Browns in the fourth round with the 119th overall pick. The safety from Miami University in Florida swapped from cornerback to safety in 2017 as a sophomore. In the fall, he started 12 games and had 59 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups.
  • Mack Wilson: LB. Selected by the Browns in the fifth round with the 155th overall pick. The linebacker from the University of Alabama had a phenomenal outing at the national championship game against Georgia. In 2018, Wilson was voted second-team All-SEC recording 71 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups during the season.
  • Austin Seibert: K. Selected by the Browns in the fifth round with the 170th overall pick. The kicker from the University of Oklahoma earned All-Big 12 honors, going 17-19 on field goals and 87-88 for extra points.
  • Drew Forbes: G. Selected by the Browns in the sixth round with the 189th overall pick. Forbes earned second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a junior at Southeast Missouri State in 2017 and was his team's top offensive lineman in 2016.
  • Donnie Lewis: CB. Selected by the Browns in the seventh round with the 221 overall pick. Lewis, the cornerback from Tulane University, was selected with the Browns' final pick in the draft. He was a second-team All-AAC pick as a senior after starting all 13 games, posting 56 tackles, three interceptions and 18 pass breakups.

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