Northeast Ohio natives have strong presence in Round 2 of 2019 NFL Draft

Posted at 10:19 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-27 21:41:07-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The second round of the 2019 NFL Draft was filled with ties to Northeast Ohio.

With the 47th overall pick the Seattle Seahawks selected Wooster native Marquise Blair.

Blair, a safety out of Utah, attended Wooster High School.

The former first-team All-State pick in Ohio suffered a season-ending injury in 2017. In 2018, he started in all 14 games, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors with 59 stops, two for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble, according to

Later in Round 2, the Indianapolis Colts selected Akron native Parris Campbell with the 59th overall pick.

Campbell, a wide receiver out of The Ohio State University, attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron.

Campbell ran for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns as a running back at St. Vincent-St. Mary. After switching to wide receiver at OSU, Campbell ended his college career with 1,768 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns.

Just before the beginning of Round 3, Mayfield native Andy Isabella was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 62nd overall pick.

Isabella played college football for the University of Massachusetts Amherst but attended Mayfield High School.

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.

Round 3 of the NFL Draft also held a connection to Northeast Ohio.

With the 83rd overall pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected cornerback Justin Layne.

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.