The NFL Network's annual countdown of the NFL's top 100 players has only just begun, but two Ohio State players have already been revealed on the list.
Former Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde is ranked as the league's 97th-best player on this year's rankings – which are voted on by current NFL players – while former Buckeye defensive back Malcolm Jenkins is ranked 96th.
Hyde is coming off of his fourth season in the NFL, in which he rushed for 938 yards and eight touchdowns on 240 carries and also had 59 receptions for 350 yards for the San Francisco 49ers. Hyde left the 49ers in free agency this offseason to sign a three-year deal reportedly worth more than $15 million with the Cleveland Browns.
Jenkins, meanwhile, is coming off his ninth season in the NFL, in which he helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl – becoming the first-ever Ohio State player in the process to win the Super Bowl with two different NFL teams. Jenkins started all 16 of the Eagles' regular-season games last year and recorded 76 total tackles, eight pass deflections and two interceptions, while he was one of the biggest leaders both on the field and in the locker room for the league's eventual champions.
In total, eight former Ohio State players are included in this year's Top 100 – the most from any school – but the rest of the Buckeyes who will be on the list have not been revealed yet.
The first 20 players on the list, counting down from No. 100 to No. 81, are being revealed on NFL Network tonight, while the next 10 players on the list will be revealed for each of the following eight Mondays beginning at 8 p.m.