2007 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings ... WRs

Posted Aug 7, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview Unit Rankings - Receivers Ranked 1 to 119

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CFN 2007 Unit Rankings
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1. Purdue
The receiving corps will be unstoppable. Dorien Bryant is an All-America talent who'll be good for 70+ catches, Selwyn Lymon, when he returns, and Greg Orton will be used even more to stretch the field. If you can handle the receivers, there's tight end Dustin Keller to deal with underneath. It's a talented, veteran group that should pave the way for another top ten season for the passing game.

Defenses will be able to take away one or two of the receivers, but not all of them. Colt Brennan does such a great job of taking what opposing defenses give him that he'll pick apart the weak link in the secondary over and over again. The Warrior receivers will do its part in exploiting the openings. The top three returning wide receivers combined for 214 catches for 3,168 yards and 36 touchdowns. Everyone will get their turn to blow up with huge stats.

3. Texas
The receiving corps is loaded with veterans, and several, like Quan Cosby, Jermichael Finley and Jordan Shipley, will be back next year. The coaching staff is understandably excited about this group that should make the offense fly. Now everyone has to play up to potential and talent level and take the overall production to another level. With the return of the top seven wide receivers/tight ends, led by Limas Sweed, Texas returns 186 catches for 2,536 yards and 28 touchdowns.

4. Louisville
As if Brian Brohm needs an extra advantage, he’ll be surrounded by one of the most lethal group of receivers in the country in 2007.  While Harry Douglas, Mario Urrutia and Gary Barnidge will all finish the season on the All-Big East team, at least one of the young backups will enjoy a 30-catch breakout year in a complimentary role. The trio each averaged more than 16 yards a reception in 2006, a testament to not just their speed, but also their ability to pick up huge chunks of real estate after the catch.  Even the backups have big-play potential which spells big trouble for opposing defenses that won’t be able to contain this group and pay attention to the running game at the same time.

5. Oklahoma
The top six receivers (not counting Adrian Peterson) are back. Malcolm Kelly might be the best OU receiver ever (with 95 catches for 1,484 yards and 12 touchdowns in two years, he's already among the greats) and Juaquin Iglesias and Manuel Johnson have the speed and potential to blow up on every play. Throw in the great trio of tight ends, and OU is loaded.

6. California
Pick your poison, defensive coordinators.  If Jackson gets too much attention, Robert Jordan and Lavelle Hawkins will feast on single coverage.   If the secondary plays too far back, Craig Stevens will nickel-and-dime it to death.  Other than trying to physically manhandle them, there’ll be no easy way to contain the Cal receivers in 2007. The headliner will once again be junior DeSean Jackson, arguably the single most flammable offensive player in the country. 

7. Michigan
It's all about Mario Manningham. Adrian Arrington, Greg Mathews and LaTerryal Savoy are big-time prospects who can all produce from time to time, but Manningham has to stay healthy and has to build on what he started to do at the beginning of last year. The loss of leading receiver Steve Breaston means someone has to step up and become a go-to target for short to midrange passes. At the moment, the corps is full of deep threats. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, it would be nice if there was some steadiness to go along with the spectacular.

8. Florida
Percy Harvin makes a good corps great, and if Deonte Thompson is ready, this will be a phenomenal group. Andre Caldwell is good, but he's not necessarily a superstar who demands a ton of attention (that's Harvin). However, there are so many weapons to work utilize, there will be plenty of chances for the senior to make some big plays; he has to take advantage. The tight ends have to play up to the advance billing.

9. New Mexico State
The Aggie receivers should explode again. With all the experience, all the quickness, and all the great role players, if one is having a bad day, someone else will step up and produce. There's always going to be single coverage on a few players, and there's always going to be chances to make big plays. Chase Holbrook will find the right receivers if they're open. This group will get open. This ranking is based on expected production over talent. There might not be any NFL talent here, but they all work well in the system.

10. Missouri
It all starts with tight ends Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman, who'll combine for at least 120 catches and pose a variety of nightmares. It'll be a shock if Will Franklin doesn't average close to 20 yards per catch, while Tommy Saunders, Danario Alexander and Jared Perry would make for a solid starting threesome even without the top Tiger stars. Basically, Mizzou is loaded.

11 Oregon State 
12 LSU
13 Maryland
14 USC
15 Texas Tech
16 Kentucky
17 Colorado State
18 Washington State
19 Florida State 
20 Alabama
21 Pitt
22 Syracuse
23 Utah  
24 Penn State
25 Stanford
26 Ohio State
27 Virginia Tech
28 NC State
29 Nebraska
30 Colorado  
31 Vanderbilt
32 Arkansas  
33 Oklahoma State
34 Wisconsin
35 Oregon
36 Miami  
37 Rutgers
38 Arizona State
39 Tennessee
40 Georgia
41 Iowa  
43 Washington
44 New Mexico
45 Central Michigan 
46 Notre Dame
47 South Florida
48 Iowa State
49 Illinois
50 Kansas
51 Clemson
52 Texas A&M
53 Northwestern
54 South Carolina
55 Boston College 
56 BYU
57 Mississippi State
58 Nevada
59 Arizona  
60 Indiana
61 North Carolina
62 Cincinnati
63 Duke
64 Wyoming 
65 Memphis
66 Houston
67 Baylor
69 Marshall
70 Rice
71 West Virginia
72 Georgia Tech
73 Auburn
74 Boise State
75 Michigan State
76 TCU
77 Minnesota
78 Mississippi  
79 Wake Forest
80 Kansas State
81 San Diego State
83 Western Michigan
84 Fresno State
85 Northern Illinois
86 Tulane
87 Akron
88 Ball State
89 Southern Miss 
90 Toledo
91 UCF
92 Bowling Green
93 Virginia
94 East Carolina
95 Louisiana Tech
96 Connecticut
97 Tulsa
98 San Jose State
99 Arkansas State
100 SMU
101 Miami Univ.
102 UL Monroe
103 Troy
104 UAB
105 Temple
106 Florida Atlantic
107 Utah State
108 Air Force
109 Kent State
110 Idaho
111 Middle Tennessee
112 FIU
113 Ohio
114 North Texas
115 UL Lafayette
116 Army
117 Buffalo
118 Eastern Michigan
119 Navy