NFL.com All-Rookie team consists of six players from Ohio State's 2016 class
Ohio State’s 2016 NFL Draft class was mind-boggling.
The group was heavily touted going into this past year’s NFL Draft and rightfully so. NFL.com announced its 2016 All-Rookie team and six Buckeyes were named to the squad.
Those six – listed below – make up half of Ohio State’s 2016 class.
Dallas Cowboys, RB, Ezekiel Elliott
New Orleans Saints, WR, Michael Thomas
Detroit Lions, OT, Taylor Decker
Los Angeles Chargers, DE, Joey Bosa
New York Jets, LB, Darron Lee
New York Giants, CB, Eli Apple
And, just in case those six weren’t enough for Ohio State to hang its hats on, Noah Spence – a former Buckeye who transferred to Eastern Kentucky after failing two drug tests – was a rookie in the NFL this past year and made the All-Rookie team as well.
Elliott led the NFL in rushing by more than 300 yards this past season, missing out on Offensive Rookie of the Year to fellow teammate Dak Prescott. Thomas, as a pass-catcher, had the second-most catches (92) in NFL history by a rookie.
Up front, Decker didn’t just start every single game for the 9-7 Detroit Lions this past season, he also played every single offensive snap. For Bosa and the new-look Los Angeles Chargers, all he did was amass 10.5 sacks and 46 pressures in 12 games and winning the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award in the process.
Lee ended the 2016 season with 73 tackles in just 13 games (and nine starts). Apple, defending the pass-catchers, made 51 tackles and recorded an interception to go along with his forced fumble.