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Ohio State Rookies Dominated The NFL This Season

It was a good year for Ohio State rookies in the NFL.

The NFL's 2016 regular season was over. It was a pretty solid one for Ohio State's first-year pro players.

Ohio State led all schools with 12 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft and had more players sign with teams as undrafted free agents.

Those rookies had some dominating first-year performances.

Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL in rushing with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Easily topping the list of performers this season was Ezekiel Elliott, the No. 4 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys. "Zeke" led the league in rushing with 1,631 yards, 177 yards short of Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record and became the fifth rookie to lead the league in rushing since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Elliott, however, played one fewer game than Dickerson, as Zeke sat out week 17 with the Cowboys already having clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Elliott's 15 rushing TDs ranked third in the NFL while leading the league with 14 rushes of 20 or more yards. His best game of the year came in week 10 at Pittsburgh when he totaled 209 yards with 114 yards and two TDs on the ground while also catching two passes for 95 yards and a score as the Cowboys defeated the Steelers, 35-30.

Michael Thomas set a Saints' rookie receiving record and led all rookies in receiving yards.

Michael Thomas, a second-round pick (No. 47 overall) by the New Orleans Saints, led all rookies in receptions (92), receiving yards (1,137) and TDs (9) in 2016 while his 92 receptions were the second most in NFL history to Anquan Boldin's 101 catches as a rookie in 2003. Thomas quickly became one of All-Pro Drew Brees' favorite targets as the QB put up the most passing yards (5,208) in the league 2016. Thomas led the Saints in receptions and TD grabs while averaging 12.4 yards per catch. Thomas started 12 of 15 games and saved his best performance for last, hauling in 10 passes for 156 yards and a TD in the week 17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Joey Bosa dominated the defensive line for the Chargers.

Despite missing four games, he still led all rookies and tied for 13th in the league with 10.5 sacks and averaged the third-most sacks per game in the league. He had multiple sacks in three games with 2.0 in his NFL debut in week 5 vs. Oakland, week 7 at Atlanta and week 16 at Cleveland. And according to Pro Football Focus, Bosa had the most QB pressures (60) of any player through their first 12 games in 11 years.

You can view a full breakdown of Ohio State's rookie performances here.