JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' young roster is starting to attract national notice.
That has been the case more and more this offseason when it comes to media recognition, and now it's true of NFL players as well.
Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith and wide receiver Allen Hurns, a pair of players who continued to emerge as top young players in the NFL at their respective positions last season, both were named as members of the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2016.
Smith made the list at No. 83 and Hurns made it at No. 89. NFL Network unveiled Nos. 81-90 on the list Wednesday evening.
It was the first appearance for both players on the list that is determined solely by votes of current NFL players.
Smith, a fifth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, registered 128 tackles – 99 solo – in 14 games in 2015. He also had 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, seven passes defenses and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. He had 13 tackles for losses in 2015.
Smith has 22 tackles for losses in two seasons with three forced fumbles, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed.
Hurns, who signed with the Jaguars as a collegiate free agent after the '14 draft, caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. He has 115 receptions for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns in two NFL seasons.