Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook "went through spring practice and impressed everyone with his quickness and overall speed," notes NFL Media.
Westbrook transferred from Blinn College (Texas), where he had 76 receptions for 1,487 yards and 13 touchdowns, to Oklahoma this offseason. "Westbrook (6-1, 167) could stand to add some bulk, but he potentially gives OU the kind of electrifying player in space the Sooners have needed for the past few seasons. Who will get him the ball is a question," writes College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield, who sat out last season, will vie with holdover Trevor Knight for the starting quarterback job." NFL Media ranks Westbrook as the No. 5 impactful transfer in the country.
NFL Media ranks Texas A&M S Justin Evans as the No. 7 transfer player in the nation.
Texas A&M desperately needs Evans, who came from Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, to play well immediately. The school allowed 450.8 yards per game last year, ranking last in the SEC and 104th nationally in total defense. Evans enrolled in January and "was good in spring practice," according to College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He is a willing player in run support and looks to have above-average coverage skills for a strong safety."
NFL Media pegs whoever wins the Ohio State quarterback gig as one of the premier Heisman candidates in the country.
The site specifically mentioned J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones -- but not Braxton Miller -- which should confirm who they view as the favorites for the gig. "Remember that Barrett beat out Jones when Miller got hurt," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "As for Jones, he had thrown just 16 passes last season before he was pressed into starting duty in the Big Ten championship game. He proceeded to throw for 742 yards and five TDs in three 'elimination games' as the Buckeyes won the national title." NFL.com ranks Ohio State's starting QB -- whoever that ends up being -- as the No. 2 Heisman candidate behind TCU's Trevone Boykin.
NFL Media ranks Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson as the best transfer player in the nation.
Golson, of course, has been brought in to replace Jameis Winston. "While Golson played in a spread attack at Notre Dame, he should adapt easily to FSU's pro-style attack," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Golson is mobile, but his arm (and not his legs) is his biggest strength, which isn't always the case with spread quarterbacks. He does have a propensity for turnovers (14 picks last season) and needs to stay calm in the pocket." Golson actually threw for four more scores than Winston last year (29 to 25). He will have a better supporting cast with the Seminoles than he did with the Irish.
NFL Media ranks Oklahoma State OT Victor Salako as the No. 8 most impactful transfer.
Salako transferred from UAB to Oklahoma State after the former closed up shop on its football program. Last year, Salako helped Jordan Howard gain 1,587 yards on the ground. "Salako is one of the linemen who opened all those holes for Howard. Salako, a junior, is a big dude (6-6, 330) who started for two seasons for the Blazers, and he moved seamlessly into the starting left tackle spot for the Cowboys during spring drills. He has pro potential, but must improve his pass blocking," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
NFL Media ranks Pittsburgh junior RB James Conner as the No. 14 Heisman candidate.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner rushed for 1,765 yards and scored 26 touchdowns last season to earn All-American honors. "He did it all rather quietly, too, because Pitt finished 6-7," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "If he puts up those kinds of numbers again, everyone is going to notice. He and Panthers junior WR Tyler Boyd are one of the best RB-WR duos in the nation."
NFL Media ranks Oregon sophomore RB Royce Freeman as the No. 10 preseason Heisman candidate in the country.
The 6-foot, 229-pounder, often compared to Jonathan Stewart, had 1,365 yards and 18 touchdowns as a freshman. "Marcus Mariota is gone, so the focus has to go somewhere in the Ducks' backfield, so why not on to Freeman?," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Even with Mariota gone, Oregon's offense is not going to change, which means Freeman will be the focal point of an offense that is sure to be prolific."
NFL Media ranks Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook as the No. 12 preseason Heisman candidate in the country.
"Cook thought about leaving early, but decided to remain in school for his senior season and again will be at the controls of a team expected to be one of the best in the Big Ten," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He has thrown for 5,655 yards and 44 TDs in the past two seasons, and what likely will hurt him in the Heisman hunt is that he isn't likely to put up eye-catching numbers." The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook has been compared to Matt Ryan.