After not having any players from central Ohio selected in either of the last two NFL drafts, three were chosen during this year's event held April 28-30 in Chicago.

After not having any players from central Ohio selected in either of the last two NFL drafts, three were chosen during this year's event held April 28-30 in Chicago.

Darron Lee, a 2013 New Albany High School graduate who played quarterback and defensive back at the prep level but blossomed into one of the nation's top outside linebacker prospects for Ohio State, was chosen in the first round with the 20th overall pick by the New York Jets.

Two other Ohio State players from the area, 2011 Westerville Central graduate Nick Vannett and 2012 Olentangy graduate Joshua Perry, were chosen in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks and in the fourth round by the San Diego Chargers, respectively.

"I am blessed to be part of the Jets organization!" the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Lee wrote on his Twitter page the day after he was selected. "Beyond excited to get to work and contribute!"

Lee, who helped New Albany reach a Division II state semifinal as a senior, started all 15 games for Ohio State in the 2014 season as the Buckeyes won the national championship. He earned second-team All-American honors last fall while starting all 13 of Ohio State's games, finishing with 11 tackles for loss.

Vannett, a 6-6, 257-pound tight end, was projected by many to be selected in the fourth or fifth round but ended up having his name called on the second night of the draft. He was chosen with the 94th overall pick, the 32nd in the third round.

"Unbelievable feeling hearing my name called," Vannett said on his Twitter page. "Words can't express how excited I am to join such a (prestigious), winning organization with the best fan base in the league."

Perry, a 6-4, 254-pound inside linebacker, led Ohio State in tackles during its national championship season and finished his career 16th in school history with 298 tackles. He was the fourth pick in the fourth round, 102nd overall.

Three other area players were signed as undrafted free agents shortly after the draft's completion.

Roger Lewis, a 2012 Pickerington Central graduate who finished fifth on Bowling Green's all-time receiving yards list with 2,673, signed with the New York Giants. Last season for the Falcons, the 6-0, 201-pound wide receiver had 85 catches for 1,544 yards and scored 16 touchdowns.

Matt Skura, a 2011 Worthington Kilbourne graduate and 6-3, 305-pound center who was a second-team All-American last season for Duke, signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Austin Traylor, a 2011 Walnut Ridge graduate and 6-4, 242-pound tight end who played for Wisconsin, signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Traylor finished his college career with 17 receptions for 234 yards and four touchdowns but had one of his best performances during his final game, as he had three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in Wisconsin's 23-21 win over USC in the Holiday Bowl.

According to the Bowling Green athletics Twitter page, 2011 Pickerington North graduate Alex Huettel will be given a mini-camp tryout by the Tennessee Titans. Huettel started 55 games on the offensive line for the Falcons after being a three-year starter at North.

According to, 2011 Granville graduate Kirk Willis, who was a long snapper for the University of Cincinnati, will be given mini-camp tryouts by the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns.