3 Best NFL Wide Receivers to Ever Come Out of Ohio State

Zach Brunner
Cris Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.
Cris Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Ohio State Buckeyes football program has been a dominant one over the course of college football history. Much of this success has been their ability to recruit some terrific football players, especially on the offensive side of the ball. This includes a handful of extremely talented wide receivers.

Naturally, many of these players went on to play well at the next level. Here's a look at three of the best NFL wide receivers ever to come out of Ohio State.

3. Joey Galloway (1995-2010)

After his time in Columbus, Joey Galloway went on to enjoy quite a long, 16-year NFL career. He totaled 701 receptions for 10,950 yards and 77 touchdowns at the next level. While his receiving stats may not seem as impressive as other names on this list to come, this is still a terrific stat line, and he also racked up some serious kick-return stats, adding another five touchdowns from punt returns. Galloway finished his career with six 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

2. Cris Carter (1987-2002)

It's pretty obvious that the Hall-of-Fame wide receiver would make this list. Cris Carter finished his NFL career with 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns. He had eight 1,000-yard seasons in his career and he led the league in touchdowns three different times. He also finished with six double-digit receiving TD seasons, including a 17-TD season in 1995, which remains tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in NFL history.

1. Michael Thomas (2016-Present)

Michael Thomas has already totaled 5,512 yards.
Michael Thomas has already totaled 5,512 yards. / Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Michael Thomas is only four years into his professional career, but there is zero doubt that he belongs on this list. He has already totaled 5,512 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns. Thomas has led the league in receptions for back-to-back seasons, catching 125 and 149. He also led the NFL in receiving yards per game this past season, at 107.8, and he did this while missing Drew Brees for a big chunk of the season. Of his 149 receptions this past season, nine went for touchdowns and 91 were for first downs, showing how highly valued he is on that Saints' offense.

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