Top 10 NFL Buckeyes coached by Tressel

During Jim Tressel's tenure at Ohio State, the school produced 66 players drafted by NFL teams. Of those 66 players, 14 were first-round picks, which helped Ohio State continue its tradition of producing quality pro football players.

1. Jets C Nick Mangold

The Jets made Mangold the No. 29 overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft. Since then, Mangold has blossomed into a three-time Pro Bowl choice and the best center in the NFL.

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2. Jets WR Santonio Holmes

Holmes is arguably the best clutch player at his position. A first-round pick by the Steelers in 2006, he made the most dramatic Super Bowl-winning TD reception in the game's history.

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3. Panthers CB Chris Gamble

Gamble is a very consistent and dependable player at an important spot. Over seven seasons with the Panthers, Gamble has 24 career interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.

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4. Saints DE Will Smith

Smith was a valuable part of the Saints' run toward ultimate glory in Super Bowl XLIV, posting 13 sacks during that championship season. Overall, Smith -- a first-round pick in 2004 -- has 55 sacks in seven NFL seasons.

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5. Retired C LeCharles Bentley

Bentley was regarded as one of NFL's best centers before injuries sacked his career. In a very short period of time in the NFL, Bentley -- a second-round pick by the Saints in 2002 -- earned two Pro Bowl selections over four seasons. His career came to a premature end after suffering a severe knee injury during training camp after signing as a free agent with the Browns.

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6. Saints S Malcolm Jenkins

A first-round pick by the Saints in 2009, Jenkins is developing into a top defensive playmaker for New Orleans. Jenkins' timely strip of the Cowboys' Roy Williams on Thanksgiving Day allowed the Saints to rally for a 30-27 win.

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7. Rams LB James Laurinaitis

Laurinaitis -- a second-round pick by the Rams in 2009 -- is a rising centerpiece for an improving young defense in St. Louis. Laurinaitis had a decorated career in Columbus, earning All-American honors three times, winning two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy in 2006 and the Dick Butkus Award in 2007.

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8. Bills S Donte Whitner

Whitner was the eighth overall selection in 2006. Since, he has been a good player who's had bouts of inconsistency. In his first career game, Whitner intercepted Tom Brady.

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9. Packers LB A.J. Hawk

As the fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft, Hawk was supposed to be a superstar in Green Bay, but has settled in as a dependable piece of defensive coordinator Dom Capers' 3-4 base defense. Hawk had a career-high three interceptions in 2010.

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10. Falcons WR Michael Jenkins

Jenkins is another workmanlike-type player; not a star, but can be counted on. Jenkins was a first-round pick by the Falcons in 2004, yet hasn't produced a 1,000-yard receiving season. That lack of a game-breaking impact helped prompt the Falcons' aggressive trade in the 2011 draft to acquire Julio Jones.

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