2013 Preseason Player Rankings - Receivers
Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart
Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 8, 2013


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2013 CFN Preseason Player Rankings  
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1. Marqise Lee, Jr. USC
Lee is already an NFL-caliber receiver, who’ll spend one more year toying with overmatched college defensive backs. Unstoppable through his first two seasons, the 6-0, 195-pound superstar was a unanimous All-American pick and USC’s first-ever Biletnikoff Award winner in 2012. Despite drawing every opponent’s best cornerback, Lee set or tied 14 school records, including five Pac-12 marks, with 118 catches for 1,721 and 14 touchdowns. He’s the total package on the outside, blending explosive speed and acceleration with next-level fundamentals as a pass-catcher. He displays excellent concentration when the ball is in the air, and running back vision in space. Lee is looking to tweak a few of the finer points of his game and stay healthy before jetting off to the NFL once the Trojans’ bowl game is over.

2. Jordan Matthews, Sr. Vanderbilt
The 6-3, 205-pound senior came up with a massive season catching 94 passes for 1,323 yards and eight scores, coming up with a touchdown in each of the last five games and doing big things against the better teams with eight catches for 147 yards and a score against South Carolina and eight grabs for 131 yards and a touchdown against Florida. The size and athleticism were never in question, and last year he got the steady quarterback play to come up with the All-SEC campaign averaging 14.1 yards per play with production against everyone – he won more than his share of battles against top SEC corners. While he’ll be a marked man, and he has to show the same rapport with the new quarterbacks that he had with Jordan Rodgers, he’s a big-time weapon no matter who’s throwing his way.

3. Josh Stewart, Jr. Oklahoma State
Stewart quickly became the main producer to help pick up the slack with 101 catches for 1,210 yards and seven scores. Only 5-10 and 185 pounds, he’s a dangerous inside target with phenomenal quickness and great hands, and while he wasn’t necessarily a big play target, he made a whole bunch of midrange ones with 13 catches against both Iowa State and West Virginia and 23 grabs for 297 yards and two scores over a two-game stretch against Oklahoma and Baylor. Ultra-reliable and consistent, he’ll be the No. 1 target, but there are several other inside receivers ready to do even more.

4. Davante Adams, Soph. Fresno State
Adams was just a throw-in recruit out of Palo Alto. With a lack of focus and academic concerns, his 6-2, 200-pound size, sub-4.5 speed and next level athleticism were ignored throughout the recruiting process. But Fresno State didn’t give up, and then when everything as straightened out, Adams became more than just a good prospect and a nice get. Everything worked out perfectly, blowing up for 102 catches, 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns with six 100-yard games, four in the last five, and 13 catches for 144 yards and a score in the bowl loss to SMU. A home-run hitter who can make big plays from anywhere on the field, he’ll take what defenses give him while also possessing the deep speed to take the top off a D. Even though he’ll be a marked man this season, the rest of the Fresno State receivers are too good to allow defenses to focus too much on the burgeoning superstar.

5. Dorial Green-Beckham, Soph. Missouri
DGB, it’s time to start playing up to the hype. It’s not like the superstar, No. 1 overall recruit of the 2012 class was horrible, but even though he led the team with five touchdown catches, he didn’t blow anyone away considering the expectations catching just 28 passes for 395 yards. There were off-the-field issues and he disappeared for stretches in SEC play, but he came up with an 80-yard touchdown play in the five-point win over UCF, and he caught two passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns in the shootout against Tennessee. The light started to go on in the second half of the season with four touchdowns in the final three games, and everything seemed to kick in for him this offseason. Arguably the best wide receiver prospect out of high school in over a decade, he’s about to use his 6-6, 220-pound size and deep speed on the X to do far more.

6. Sammy Watkins, Jr. Clemson
7. Amari Cooper, Soph. Alabama
8. Allen Robinson, Jr. Penn State
9. Alex Amidon, Sr. Boston College
10. Stefon Diggs, Soph. Maryland
11. Mike Evans, Soph. Texas A&M
12. Brandin Cooks, Jr. Oregon State
13. Cody Hoffman, Sr. BYU
14. (RB) Dri Archer, Sr. Kent State
15. Eric Ward, Sr. Texas Tech
16. Jared Abbrederis, Sr. Wisconsin
17. Justin Hardy, Jr. ECU
18. Tommy Shuler, Jr. Marshall
19. Kasen Williams, Jr. Washington
20. DeVante Parker, Jr. Louisville
21. Devin Street, Sr. Pitt
22. Brandon Coleman, Jr. Rutgers
23. Tyler Lockett, Jr. Kansas State
24. Bryan Underwood, Jr. NC State
25. Rashad Greene, Jr. Florida State
26. Shaq Evans, Sr. UCLA
27. Kenny Bell, Jr. Nebraska
28. Tevin Reese, Sr. Baylor
29. Jalen Saunders, Sr. Oklahoma
30. Noah Grigsby, Sr. San Jose State