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One set of Heisman rankings completely disrespected two of college football’s top players Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 05: Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles runs with the ball in the second half against the Mississippi Rebels during the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium on September 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

NFL.com released their ranking of 17 candidates for the Heisman Trophy for the 2017 season, and a couple of names stood out for how low there were on said list.

The first of those names is Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois at No. 12 on the list. As a freshman in 2016, Francois performed extremely well behind an offensive line that was horrible at protecting him in the pocket. Francois threw for 3,350 yard and 20 touchdowns against seven picks in 2016, and he could be the centerpiece of a title contending team in 2017.

The second name? Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, who came in at No. 16 in the NFL.com Heisman rankings. Whatever Hurts’ shortcoming may have been as a passer last season, he is still the quarterback of a Nick Saban-led Alabama team. It’s hard to see him falling off that badly after a good freshman season, and considering Alabama is likely to win 10 games, it’s weird to have him behind quarterbacks (UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Wyoming’s Josh Allen) that might get the benefit of having their team’s win as much in 2017.

Coming in at No. 1 on the list was 2016 Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield, followed by 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. To view NFL.com’s full list, you can click here.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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