2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - WRs
Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon
Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon
Posted Aug 11, 2011

CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Wide Receivers

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All-Americans & Top 30 Players

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have.


1. Justin Blackmon, Jr. Oklahoma State
Blackmon was supposed to be good, and he showed the talent and athleticism early on in his career to justify the lofty status as a top recruit, but no one expected him to become the most consistent and dominant target in the country. He missed the Kansas State game after being suspended for a driving incident, but he won the Biletnikoff Award anyway with 111 catches for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns, making at least one scoring grab and hitting the 100-yard mark in every game. Even with teams loaded up to stop him, he still produced with ten or more catches in six games and with nine catches in two other games. At 6-1 and 211 pounds he has the size and the strength to outmuscle most defensive backs, and while he's not a blazer, he's terrific at getting separation deep and he's always breaking into the open. While he's not the freak of nature playmaker that Dez Bryant was, he's ultra-athletic with great hands and superior route-running ability. It's all there for another big season and another dominant performance.

2. Ryan Broyles, Sr. Oklahoma
The greatest receiver in OU history, the 5-11, 197-pound veteran blew off the NFL draft for a senior year to add to his tremendous statists. A steady producer, he has 266 career catches for 3,429 yards and 35 scores, while coming up with a phenomenal 131-catch, 1,622-yard, 14 score 2010 with six double-digit catch games highlighted by a 15-catch, 182-yard, one score day against Iowa State and a 13-catch, 170-yard, one score Fiesta Bowl. Slippery, fast, and ultra-reliable as a quick route runner, he's always open and he always makes plays. Now that he bulked up a bit, after starting out his career as a wispy 175-pounder, he should be able to take more of a pounding and he should be able to handle the more physical corners who'll try to shove him around.


3. Alshon Jeffery, Jr. South Carolina
Jeffery came up with a whale of a true freshman season making 46 grabs for 763 yards and six touchdowns, and then he took his game to a whole other level last season with 88 catches for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 17.2 yards per catch. At 6-4 and 233 pounds, he's a huge target who knows how to use his frame and his bulk extremely well. While he might not be a 4.4 blazer, he can jump out of the stadium and he can play even bigger than his size against the average-sized defensive backs; he isn't afraid to get physical. A 100-yard machine, hitting the mark eight times, he lit up Auburn in the first matchup for 192 yards and two scores, torched Clemson for 141 yards, and rocked against Alabama with seven catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Lattimore takes the pressure off the entire offense, and if Jeffery can get just a little bit from a No. 2 receiver, he should be even more explosive.

4. Michael Floyd, Sr. Notre Dame
Now that he's back in the mix after a drunk driving issue, he's ready to explode with all the talent and all the skills to win the Biletnikoff. Minnesota's former Mr. Football hasn't had too much luck staying healthy, suffering a broken collarbone in 2009 and a leg injury in 2008. Even so, he's been ultra-productive whenever he's been on the field, leading the team with 79 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns last season despite missing the Navy game. He score twice against Michigan State, caught 11 passes for 104 yards and two touchdown against Tulsa, and ripped up Miami for 109 yards and two scores. At 6-3 and 228 pounds he has the size and the hands, but he'll have to prove at the Combine next year that he's not a 4.6ish runner, he has to prove he can stay healthy.


5. Juron Criner, Sr. Arizona
Criner could have been a well-paid NFL player at this time, but opted instead to return for one more year in Tucson. One of the game's better big-play receivers, with 20 touchdown catches over two years, he caught a team-high 82 balls for 1,233 yards and 11 scoring grabs a year ago. At 6-4 and 215 pounds, he has both the size and the speed to burn opposing defensive backs, a combination that's been too much for the rest of the Pac-10 since he moved into the lineup.

6. Greg Childs, Sr. Arkansas
The 6-3, 217-pound veteran followed up a strong sophomore campaign with 46 catches for 659 yards and six scores including an all-timer of a last-second 40-yard touchdown to beat Georgia. While he wasn't consistently dominant, he blew up at times with 12 catches for 146 yards and two scores against ULM and nine catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns against Auburn. Just when he appeared to be a lock for a truly special season, he went down for the year with a patellar tendon injury and missed the final five games. He's a big play, big-time performer who always comes through when needed.


7. Jeff Fuller, Sr. Texas A&M
Fuller should be in the NFL. The 6-4, 215-pound senior tied for the team lead with 72 catches for 1,066 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 14.8 yards per grab, highlighted by an 11-catch, 172-yard, two touchdown day against Texas Tech, and an impressive seven-catch 83-yard day against LSU's loaded secondary. Showing no ill-effects from a broken leg suffered in 2009, he was back to being the perfect leader for this offense with size, a great motor, and the type of work ethic that'll make him a tremendous No. 2 target at the next level. He has the size, the hands, the blocking, and the toughness, but he's missing the raw deep wheels to be a NFL main man, likely to check in with a 4.6 at the Combine. Even so, he'll be a pro for a long, long, time. Working as the understudy is sophomore Nate Askew, a big 6-4, 223-pound rushing star who still needs work and polish, but has the ability and potential to blow up at split end when he gets his chance.

8. Jermaine Kearse, Sr. Washington
It says something about a receiver when a 63-catch, 1,000-yard season is considered by some to be a disappointment. Kearse struggled with drops all year long, and while he turned in a solid effort by most standards, he also left ample room for improvement. The dichotomy of the senior is that while he often makes the big play when needed, he also disappears in games, like he did in both games against Nebraska. The 6-2, 205-pounder was always Locker's main deep threat, and if he can become a little more consistent, he could be end up being the Pac-12's premier best receiver.

9. Robert Woods, Soph. USC
The breakout star of the receiving corps—if not the entire program—last year was the 6-1, 185-pound Woods . The staff knew he was going to be good, but no one figured he'd be so good, so fast. A Freshman All-American in his debut out of high school, he led the team with 65 catches for 792 yards and six touchdowns. A smooth operator, who's polished beyond his years, he has a habit of making things look easy and is still getting better.

10. Nick Toon, Sr. Wisconsin
The Badgers might be losing plenty of proven veterans, but a big key to the season is the healthy return of Toon, who was hurt for first part of last year and has had problems with a thigh injury and a turf toe, but he still finished second on the team with 36 catches for 459 yards and three scores as a steady target down the stretch. The numbers might not be great, but the pro scouts are drooling with 6-3, 213-pound size and great deep speed, and now the chances will be there to make bigger plays. A few scouting services have him ranked among the top receiver prospects going into the 2012 NFL Draft, and now, if he can get over his foot problems, he should blow up into a bigger star.

11. Mohamed Sanu, Jr. Rutgers
12. Kamar Jorden, Sr. Bowling Green
13. D.J. Woods , Sr. Cincinnati
14. James Rodgers, Sr. Oregon State
15. Conner Vernon, Jr. Duke
16. T.Y. Hilton, Sr. FIU
17. T.J. Moe, Jr. Missouri
18. Eric Page, Jr. Toledo
19. Kendall Wright, Sr. Baylor
20. Damaris Johnson, Sr. Tulsa
21. Damarlo Belcher, Sr. Indiana
22. Lance Lewis, Sr. East Carolina
23. DeVier Posey, Sr. Ohio State
24. Patrick Edwards, Sr. Houston
25. Jordan White, Sr. Western Michigan
26. Rishard Matthews, Sr. Nevada
27. T.J. Jones, Soph. Notre Dame
28. Jarrett Boykin, Sr. Virginia Tech
29. Joe Adams, Sr. Arkansas
30. LaVon Brazill, Sr. Ohio

2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

- Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers | Safeties
- Cornerbacks | Kickers | Punters | Kick Returners | Punt Returners