Preview 2010 - SEC Receiver Rankings
South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery
Preview 2010 - Ranking the Top SEC Wide Receivers.
Preview 2010 - SEC
The Top Receivers
- SEC Skill Position Rankings
1. A.J. Green, Jr. Georgia
Despite being the target of every secondary after a breakout 56-catch season, he still made 53 grabs for 808 yards and six touchdowns despite missing three games. At 6-4 and 207 pounds with around 4.5 speed (although he has been reportedly clocked faster), he has the right blend of talents to go along with the smarts and the makeup to revolve a pro passing attack around. If someone can get him the ball on a regular basis, he'll carry the offense at times and he has the talent and ability to force safeties to rotate over to him on every play.
2. Julio Jones, Jr. Alabama
Jones has NFL franchise, No. 1 wideout written all over him if, and it's a big if after having a few problems in his first two years, he can stay healthy. He has the size, he has the elite speed (being named the Alabama Track and Field Athlete of the Year three years ago), and he has the attitude. Not a diva, he's a driven football player who'll make himself better, but again, he has to prove he can produce through the nicks and bumps. A player with top-five overall talent should do more than catches 43 passes for 596 yards and four touchdowns in a national title season.
3. Darvin Adams, Jr. Auburn
Adams was supposed to be the team's breakout receiving star last year, and he didn't disappoint with a team-leading 60 catches for 997 and ten touchdowns. The 6-3, 192-pound home run hitter averaged 16.6 yards per catch with four 100-yard games. However, three of his scores came against West Virginia and three more came against Furman. He didn't disappear over the rest of the season, but he didn't always put up the big numbers until late. And then came the fun with four catches for 138 yards and a score against Alabama and 12 catches for 142 yards against Northwestern to close out with 28 catches for 485 yards and four touchdowns over the final four games.
4. Greg Childs, Jr. Arkansas
With several excellent targets taking turns getting the ball, Childs stood out emerging as the team's leading receiver catching 48 passes for 894 yards and seven scores, averaging 18.6 yards per catch. The 6-3, 217-pounder has excellent speed around the X was a big play performer as a freshman and was steady and explosive throughout last year, highlighted by his tremendous touchdown against Florida to keep the Hogs alive. Strong in the big games, his three 100-yard performances came against Georgia, Florida, and LSU, and he came up with four catches for 60 yards and a score against Alabama. The potential is there to be among the league's best receivers, or at least the most statistically productive.
5. Terrance Toliver, Sr. LSU
With Brandon LaFell gone, Toliver gets his turn to be LSU's next great big wide receiver. At 6-5 and 206 pounds with deep speed and NFL skills, he'll be on the short list on every scout's list of must-haves. He grew into a more reliable target last season catching 53 passes for 735 yards and three touchdowns, but he only scored once after starting out the year with two touchdowns against Washington. Considered by many to be the nation's top receiver recruit three years ago, he hasn't come close to living up to his potential, and a broken hand suffered in a fight this offseason might not do much to help that. Expected to be ready in time for the start of the season, he has to be special at the outside X position.
6. Gerald Jones, Sr. Tennessee
After having a problem early on with an ankle injury, Jones grew into his role as the No. 1 receiver finishing with 46 catches for 680 yards and four touchdowns averaging over 14 yards per catch. While he wasn't used as a runner like he was earlier in his career, and he ceded his punt return duties, he has become a more polished receiver and will be the go-to guy from the start yet again. With 6-0, 195-pound size, he's not all that big, but he's phenomenally quick and deadly in the open field.
7. Randall Cobb, Jr. Kentucky
Cobb has been one of the SEC's most valuable players over the last few years. Used in the Wildcat formation, he ran for 573 yards and the touchdowns, tearing off 109 yards against Auburn and 101 against Tennessee, and working as the team's best receiver, he caught 39 passes for 447 yards and four scores. Even though the lefty completed 5-of-13 passes for 89 yards, he'll almost never be used for the passing game with three decent options under center. Also an elite returner, he averaged 26.5 yards per kickoff and 12.8 yards per punt return. Now he's worn down, and at 5-11 and 191 pounds and not built to take a pounding.
8. Alshon Jeffery, Soph. South Carolina
It took about half of the season before the true freshman took over, and then he became one of the SEC's best young receivers. The 6-4, 237-pound sophomore has tremendous size, good hands, and home-run hitting ability with an 80-yard touchdown against Arkansas and a team-leading 16.6 yards per grab. Explosive after he took over, he led the way with 46 catches for 763 yards and six touchdowns with three of them coming against Kentucky. He'll be the team's No. 1 target from the start and will be used even more around the goal line.
9. Deonte Thompson, Jr. Florida
Known mostly for his comments about having a "real quarterback" throwing to him, now that Tim Tebow is gone and the pro-style passing John Brantley is in, and part of the Urban Meyer firestorm that followed, Thompson has to step up and become the No. 1 target. At 5-11 and 203 pounds, the junior is strong, has 4.3 speed, and is right … he does have a real passing quarterback throwing to him, and he should flourish. He didn't do much last year catching 24 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns, with two of the scores coming against Troy, but he should flourish now.
10. Joe Adams, Jr. Arkansas
As one of the team's most dangerous and steady targets, the 5-11, 182-pound Adams should be in for another all-star season after earning second-team honors last year. Despite missing a few games hurt, he still managed to catch 29 passes for 568 yards and seven touchdowns averaging 19.59 yards per catch. Exploding has never been a problem, but staying healthy and staying on the field hasn't been easy.
11. Chris Rainey, Sr. Florida
Rainey has been a key part of the ground game over the last few seasons, running for 652 yards and four touchdowns in 2008 and adding 575 yards and five scores last year, and now he'll bring his warp speed to the receiving corps. The 5-9, 176-pounder has 4.24 speed and has just enough toughness to see the ball in his hands at least ten times a game as both a runner and a receiver. He looks like a natural in the slot and he should blossom in his final year.
12. Jesse Grandy, Soph. Ole Miss
He's a rail-thin 5-10 and 165 pounds with tremendous speed and big play ability. He caught four passes for 43 yards and ran 17 times for 100 yards and two scores being brought out from time to time to try to hit the home run. He had a tremendous offseason and will get the starting nod at flanker with the hope to become the field stretcher and the potential No. 1 target. A former high school quarterback, he'll be used in the Wild Rebel formation from time to time and will also be the team's main punt and kickoff returner.