Ohio State’s 2016 draft class really was unlike any other.
First, ESPN called it the most productive NFL Draft class in league history. And now, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt has placed seven former Buckeyes on his 2017 All-Rookie Team, by far the most of any school. In fact, it makes up more than a quarter of the 27 players selected.
This is all a natural byproduct of Ohio State having three players drafted in the top 10 of the 2016 Draft, five players taken in the first round, and 12 players overall — all the best numbers of the draft.
The list of seven former Buckeyes includes Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence, who transferred to Eastern Kentucky after being ruled ineligible by the Big Ten in 2014 due to multiple failed drug tests.
Three other Big Ten products were named to the team — Bears running back Jordan Howard (Indiana), Titans tackle Jack Conklin (Michigan State), and Steelers safety Sean Davis (Maryland).
Listed below are the seven former Buckeyes to make the All-Rookie Team:
- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
- Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
- Taylor Decker, OT, Lions
- Joey Bosa, DE, Chargers
- Noah Spence, DE, Buccaneers
- Darron Lee, LB, Jets
- Eli Apple, CB, Giants