Michael Thomas Ranked 13th, Ezekiel Elliott Ranked 18th on NFL's Top 100 Players of 2019

By Dan Hope on July 30, 2019 at 9:49 pm
Michael Thomas and Ezekiel Elliott
Matthew Emmons and Tim Heitman – USA TODAY Sports

Two former Ohio State players have been ranked by their peers as two of the NFL's top 18 players entering the 2019 season.

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is ranked as the league's 13th-best player while Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is ranked as the NFL's 18th-best player on this year's NFL's Top 100, NFL Network's annual countdown of the league's best players as voted on by the NFL players themselves.

Thomas, who was ranked just 81st on last year's countdown, cemented himself as one of the NFL's best wide receivers last season, when he caught a league-high 125 passes for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns, setting the record for the most receptions by any player through his first three NFL seasons (321) in league history.

Elliott, who ranked 54th on last year's countdown, led the NFL with 1,434 rushing yards on 304 carries in 2018. 

Thomas and Elliott, who both played their final seasons at Ohio State in 2015 and were selected in the 2016 NFL draft, are both currently holding out from their teams in search of lucrative contract extensions entering their fourth seasons in the NFL.

Barring a surprise entrant into the top 10, Ohio State will finish with four total players on this year's NFL's Top 100. Joey Bosa is ranked as the league's 58th-best player on this year's countdown, while Cameron Heyward checked in as the No. 88 player on the top 100.

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