Former OSU football stars and Dayton natives Cris Carter (L) and Keith Byars chat on the sideline before the game.

Ranking best Ohio State players eligible for the College Football HOF

The 2018 College Football Ballot includes three Ohio State greats, but that trio is just a small representation of the Buckeye legends who are eligible.

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(A player must have been an All-American who played between 50 and 10 years ago and is no longer be an active pro.)

Here is my top 10:

1. Troy Smith

2. Mike Vrabel

3. Will Smith

4. Antoine Winfield

5. Mike Doss

6. Keith Byars

7. Shawn Springs

8. Jim Otis

9. David Boston

10. Cris Carter

(Note: A.J. Hawk and James Laurinaitis will be eligible next year.)

This is based on a mix of accomplishments, longevity and just how flat-out good I believe these players were.

Admittedly, this list is leans toward the past 25 years because I’m most familiar with that era. And although there are still more than a dozen players from the ‘60s and ‘70s eligible, those teams are pretty well represented already.

I also have a high standard when it comes to any hall of fame (even if pro football doesn’t — ZING!), but I want to know who makes your list.

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