Baker Mayfield is one of the top college football players in the country, even better than the reigning Heisman winner, according to ESPN.
In ESPN’s annual preseason college football player rankings, Mayfield landed at No. 3 overall. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman over Mayfield and former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson last season, came in sixth in the ESPN poll.
The only players ranked ahead of Mayfield were USC quarterback Sam Darnold (No. 2) and Florida State safety Derwin James (No. 1).
Mayfield has finished in the top four in the Heisman voting each of the past two seasons. If he has another spectacular year, he could become the second player since the 1940s to accomplish that feat three times.
Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown (No. 39) was the only other Sooner represented in ESPN’s ranking of the nation’s top 50 players.
Here’s the top 10:
|1||Derwin James||DB||Florida State|
|4||Saquon Barkley||RB||Penn State|
|10||Trace McSorley||QB||Penn State|