2009 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings ... WR & TE
Notre Dame WR Golden Tate
Notre Dame WR Golden Tate
Posted Aug 12, 2009

CFN 2009 Preview Unit Rankings - Receivers Ranked 1 to 120

Preview 2009 ... Unit Rankings


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1. Notre Dame
Yes, Notre Dame. It's all there with size, speed, experience, depth, and next-level talent. As long as everyone stays healthy, this should mature into, arguably, Notre Dame's best receiving corps ever as it grows along with the maturation of Jimmy Clausen. The lumps taken over the last two years should pay off with all the star recruits, like Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, looking to take things to a whole other level after a breakout 2008.

2. Illinois
Of all the places on the team that has received the most attention from the recruiting classes, no place has benefitted more than the receiving corps. It should all pay off this year as this should be the Big Ten's best crop of receivers, and Juice Williams has grown enough to make them all shine. This should be a fun group to watch, led by Arrelious Benn, with a ton of speed and talent to get excited about.

3. USC
It’s taken a couple of years to rebuild, but USC is finally at a point where its receivers and tight ends, helped by the improvement of Anthony McCoy and Ronald Johnson, are on par with the rest of the offensive talent. With Damian Williams eyeing an All-America season and everyone around him a year older, the Trojans will frustrate opposing defenses with an intimidating blend of size, speed, and big-play potential.

4. Kansas
Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe might not be considered All-Americans by anyone, but they should be. They’ll be among the most productive receivers in America and they’ll take turns coming up with huge games. Meier is an established, reliable target, while the sky’s the limit for Briscoe, who’s already good as is. More established depth is needed and a receiving tight end needs to emerge, but this is a good situation overall.

5. Oklahoma State
The OSU passing game is all about the big plays and about efficiency. There's speed and skill to strike from anywhere on the field, and with a superstar in Dez Bryant to be the unstoppable focus to start with, the rest of the talented young targets can grow. The one big issue is Bryant's health. Can he stay 100% throughout a season? He couldn't do it last year.

6. Texas
It's a good group of receivers that'll be made better by Colt McCoy spreading the ball around. Jordan Shipley might not be a special NFL-caliber player, but he gets the job done and he makes plays. The young receivers, led by Malcolm Williams, have so much talent and have so much potential that it’ll be tempting to hope for them to come up with big seasons, but they’re still about a year away from being really, really good. As is, this is a good corps with a high ceiling.

7. LSU
Having a tight end like Richard Dickson is a huge plus and there's more than enough speed and quickness to keep defensive backs on their heels, but it's Brandon LaFell that makes this group. It's LSU, so there's a track team in the receiving corps, and with the expected improved play from the quarterbacks, this should be a better, more consistent group.

8. Oklahoma
Who's going to be the No. 2 receiver? Can the prospects who look like Jane play like Tarzan? Sound familiar? These were some of the concerns going into last year, and everything worked out juuuuuuust fine. Adron Tennell will get the job done, and if he doesn't, it'll be Brandon   Caleb, and if he doesn't it'll be Jameel Owens, and if he doesn't ... and on, and on, and on. TE Jermaine Gresham is a weapon who be the No. 1 guy opposing teams will want to stop, while Ryan Broyles should be in for a monster year. Having Sam Bradford pitching the ball around will help ease the transition.

9. Central Michigan
Bryan Anderson and Antonio Brown are a devastating tandem who can do it all. These two should be even better, if that's possible, while Kito Poblah should flourish. Jahleel Addae is a great talent who needs to be folded into the mix as soon as possible while Harris will be a deep threat who'll hit a few home runs.

10. Ole Miss
The loss of Mike Wallace will hurt, but there's more than enough speed, experience, and talent to come up with a ton of big plays. The versatile group, led by Dexter McCluster, will see several players move around where needed, and Jevan Snead will help make everyone better. Getting more out of the tight ends would be nice, but the passing game is all about hitting the home run. This group will do it.

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