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Benedictine alum Justin Layne selected by Steelers with No. 83 pick in 2019 NFL Draft

Benedictine High School alum Justin Layne was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft Friday night.
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Michigan State's Justin Layne, left, breaks up a pass intended for Penn State's Juwan Johnson (84) during the third quarter of a game in East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

BEREA, Ohio — Former Michigan State University wide receiver/defensive back Justin Layne was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 83 overall pick, the 20th choice in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee Friday night.

In three years with the Spartans, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Layne registered 130 total tackles, including 79 solo stops and 51 assists, with 4.5 of those hits going for lost yardage. Additionally, Layne corralled three interceptions, which he returned for 49 yards and one touchdown, with 24 passes defended and one forced fumble.

During the 2018 season, Layne registered 72 total tackles, including 44 solo stops and 28 assists, with 2.5 tackles for lost yards, one interception and 15 passes defended.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduate of Benedictine High School, Layne was a three-year letter winner who made 26 starts and played in 34 games during his three-year career at Michigan State. Layne is known for keeping calm in high-stress situations, like when a wide receiver gets past him with a pass coming his way.