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Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL

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Ohio State University has a long list of players that have made it to the NFL. With greats such as wide receivers Joey Galloway and Cris Carter as well as Mike Vrabel and Orlando Pace, it's easy to see why Ohio State is known for producing great NFL talent.

Currently, there are 35 former Buckeyes playing in the NFL, with the hope that they too will be considered among the list of Buckeyes who have excelled in the NFL.

Top Buckeyes Currently in the NFL

Antoine Winfield: Currently with the Minnesota Vikings, Winfield stared at Ohio State where he would become one of the greatest cornerbacks in Ohio State history, lettering four times from 1995 to 1998 and becoming a Jim Thorpe Award winner. Winfield began his career with the Buffalo Bills and has continued his success in the NFL with the Vikings, being named a three-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 2008 at the age of 31. He was ranked as the NFL's 31st best player by SI in 2007.

Nick Mangold: On pace to become one of the greatest NFL centers to ever play, Nick Mangold helped Ohio State win a national championship in 2002 and three consecutive bowl games after that. Drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2006 draft, Mangold has been elected to the Pro Bowl four times in his career, and he has been selected as an All-Pro three times. He has never missed a game in his NFL career.

James Laurinaitis: James Laurinaitis would rank as one of the best Buckeyes in history, being selected as a consensus All-American three years in a row from 2006 to 2008. Other awards that Laurinaitis won while in college include the Nagurski Trophy, Dick Butkus Award, Lambert Award, and the Lott Trophy. After being selected in the second round by the St. Louis Rams in 2009, James has recorded 376 tackles along with eight sacks and five interceptions in just three seasons.

More Buckeyes in the NFL

Mike Adams, OT, Pittsburgh Steelers

Will Allen, S, Pittsburgh Steelers

Jake Ballard, TE, New England Patriots

Alex Boone, OT, San Francisco 49ers

Michael Brewster, C, Jacksonville Jaguars

Nate Clements, CB, Cincinnati Bengals

Kurt Coleman, S, Philadelphia Eagles

Jim Cordle, C, New York Giants

Nate Ebner, DB, New England Patriots

Chris Gamble, CB, Carolina Panthers

Ted Ginn, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins

Ben Hartsock, TE, Carolina Panthers

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets

Michael Jenkins, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints

Jake Mcquaide, LS, St. Louis Rams

Mike Nugent, K, Cincinnati Bengals

Ryan Pickett, DE, Green Bay Packers

DeVier Posey, WR, Houston Texans

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders

Brain Rolle, LB, Philadelphia Eagles

Brandon Saine, RB, Green Bay Packers

Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Chicago Bears

Rob Sims, OG, Detroit Lions

Will Smith, DE, New Orleans Saints

Austin Spitler, LB, Miami Dolphins

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers

Sources:

http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-footbl/osu-m-footbl-body.html

http://www.nfl.com

Andrew Smith is an Ohio State graduate and fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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