Six Former Ohio State Buckeyes Among NFL’s Top 100 Players
Ohio’s former defensive state ends Joey bosa, Cameron Heyward and hunt young people, center Corey linsley, wide receiver Michel thomas and a half corner Marshon Lattimore were among those named by their peers as one of the NFL Network’s Top 100 2021 players this week.
The Buckeyes were tied with LSU for the second most on the roster, behind Alabama with seven.
Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers – N ° 32 (+2)
“Injury limited Bosa to 12 games, but the Chargers rusher made the most of those appearances. Finishing the season second in the Top 10 Disruptors in Next Gen Stats, the 2020 All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection has been effective and efficient.
“Add these accolades with the best Top 100 ranking of his career, and you have to wonder just how more dominant Bosa – the No.3 overall pick in 2016 – can enter year six.
Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers – No. 57 (+27)
“Climbing 27 places in his 2019 ranking to clinch his fifth Top 100 in six years, Heyward was once again a force to be reckoned with. According to Next Gen Stats, the 32-year-old recorded 37 saves, 46 QB presses, 10 runs and 30 runs en route to an All-Pro second-team selection and a fourth consecutive Pro Bowl nod.
“Heyward also recovered a deflected ball for his first career INT in a Week 1 win over the Giants. Pittsburgh’s third defense wouldn’t have been the same without Heyward’s help on the inside.
Corey Linsley, Los Angeles Chargers – No. 60 (N / A)
“A first All-Pro selection in 2020, Linsley raised his level of play during his last season with Green Bay. The oft-underrated center allowed one sack and was never penalized in 734 snaps from 13 starts, according to Pro Football Focus.
Now an anchor on the Chargers’ O-line, Linsley has exceeded expectations since entering the NFL as a fifth-round pick in 2014. His breakout campaign has certainly justified the mega deal he has. received from LA, as well as this first place on the Top 100. “
Chase Young, Washington Soccer Team – # 61 (N / A)
“The 2020 No. 2 overall pick often felt like he was just relying on his physical prowess in Year 1, and was awfully good. Young’s disruption coming off the rim was a major factor in Washington becoming one of the best defenses in the league.
“Not even a well-balanced stat line (7.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 44 tackles, four forced fumbles, four defended passes, three fumble recoveries, one touchdown) does justice to the defensive rookie of the AP NFL year. The best part? Young loves to talk and he supports him.
Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints – N ° 72 (-67)
“Last year has been lost on Thomas, and he’s already started off with the wrong injured foot. Once back, it’s hard to predict what he’ll do without future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
“Thomas had been the focal point of the Saints’ passing game during his first four seasons while also amassing an NFL record of 470 receptions. That’s why he ranked No.5 on that list in 2020. But he looked nothing like himself All-Pro during an injury-riddled campaign.
“While the prolonged layoff and apparent friction with the organization has created uncertainty, he has proven to be one of the best spreaders in the league when he’s in good health.”
Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints – No. 86 (-10)
Ohio State’s 11th overall pick was selected for three Pro Bowls in his first four years, including a 2020 selection in which he had a career record 62 tackles with two interceptions and 11 defended passes. .
“Lattimore, 25, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017, a season in which he recorded five interceptions.”
That said, a pair of former Buckeyes who were on last year’s roster didn’t make the cut this year, as a defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers. Nick bosa (Ripped LCA in Week 2) and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (979 rushing yards at career low) were ranked 17th and 24th respectively in 2020.
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