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CFN 2010 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
1. Ryan Broyles, Jr. Oklahoma
The Sooners needed a No. 1 target to emerge from the pack going into last year, and they really needed a player to settle things down once Sam Bradford went down and with Jermaine Gresham out. Broyles stepped up his game and became terrific with a team-leading 89 catches for 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns for the offense, while averaging a tremendous 15.87 yards per punt return. A steady speedster, he was dominant at times with three, three-touchdown games including a 13-catch, 156-yard, three touchdown effort against Stanford in the Sun Bowl. The problem is his size at a wispy 5-11 and 178 pounds, and he could have problems staying healthy. He was knocked out of the Miami game and missed the Baylor game the week after, but he’s tough, fast, and has a knack for always coming up with the key catch.
2. A.J. Green, Jr. Georgia
If Alabama’s Julio Jones isn’t the top NFL receiver prospect in college football, it’s Green, who has been the more consistent of the two stars but without as much fanfare. 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.
CFN 2010 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
3. Julio Jones, Jr. Alabama
As the famous saying went, the only person who could consistently stop Michael Jordan was Dean Smith. The 6-4, 211-pound 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 staying 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 and he also has to show he can be consistently unstoppable. However, even though he doesn’t put up huge stats, he takes plenty of attention away from everyone else and is a whale of a downfield blocker. A player with top-five overall talent should do more than catch 43 passes for 596 yards and four touchdowns in a national title season, and while the style of offense that Nick Saban runs (along with the injury issues) might be the way to keep him under wraps, it’s time to blow up and be truly special instead of having all-world talent with honorable mention All-SEC production.
4. Jeff Fuller, Jr. Texas A&M
Fuller came up with 50 catches as a breakout freshman, and he made the most of his 47 grabs last year with 568 yards and seven touchdowns including three against Texas. He would’ve had a far better statistical season but he suffered a broken leg in the second week of the year and missed all of four games and most of two others. It took him a while to get back into the swing of things, but he became his all-star caliber self by the end of the year. At 6-4 and 215 pounds he has tremendous size, a great motor, and the type of work ethic who’ll get a long look from the NFL types as a devastating No. 2 next-level target if he can stay healthy.
CFN 2010 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
5. Vincent Brown, Sr. San Diego State
Brown was on his way to an All-America season before suffering a thumb injury and missing the rest of the year. Over just six games of work he caught 45 passes for 778 yards and six touchdowns cranking out games of 139, 142, 143, 123, 84, and 147 yards, and now he’s back and ready to be special again at the outside X. At 6-0 and 195 pounds he’s not all that big, but he’s a speedy target who always found ways to get deep and always found ways to get open. He’s an NFL talent who should be in for a big season.
6. Michael Floyd, Sr. Notre Dame
Forgotten in Golden Tate’s Biletnikoff Winning season was how Floyd was the star of the receiving corps over the first three games. The 6-3, 220-pound junior went from being Minnesota’s Mr. Football to a star in the Irish passing game without a problem catching 48 passes for 719 yards and seven scores as a freshman before having leg problems. All healed up, he was unstoppable against Nevada and Michigan catching 11 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns before catching two passes for 38 yards and a spectacular 22-yard touchdown grab against Michigan State … but he landed wrong. He broke his collarbone and was out for the next five weeks, but he picked up where he left off with three straight 100-yard games, including a 10-catch, 141-yard, one score effort against Navy, before closing out with two touchdown grabs against Stanford. All the ability is there to become special, but he has to go a full season without getting hurt.
CFN 2010 PRESEASON WATCH LIST
7. Jonathan Baldwin, Jr. Pitt
The Panthers are facing a glass-is-half-empty situation at receiver. On the one hand, graduation took a heavy toll, especially at tight end. On the other, the star of the group, Baldwin, is back for his junior year. A 6-5, 225-pound human mismatch at flanker, he showed his potential when the quarterback cooperates, catching a team-high 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns. With his long arms, huge hands, and smooth gait, he makes regular appearances behind the secondary.
8. James Cleveland, Sr. Houston
The Cougars became just the fourth team in NCAA to have three 1,000-yard receivers last season. All three are back for another year, troubling news for the rest of Conference USA. Senior James Cleveland wasted no time becoming Case Keenum’s preferred target, finishing sixth nationally with 104 catches for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns in his first year out of Trinity Valley (Tex.) Community College. The 6-2, 205-pound former Iowa recruit is a physical receiver, with big mitts to pluck the ball and enough toughness to play through a torn labrum in 2009.
9. James Rodgers, Sr. Oregon State
Rodgers proved more than capable of handling an expanded role last season, catching a team-high 91 passes for 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns. He also carried the ball 58 times for 303 yards and a touchdown on fly sweeps, giving the offense a multi-dimensional playmaker from the flanker position. Like younger brother, Jacquizz, he’s turned his modest, 5-7 and 185-pound frame into a plus, hiding behind blockers before exploding into the open field. Fast in the first few yards and a stop-and-start nightmare, he often requires more than one defender to keep him from taking over.
10. Keith Smith, Sr. Purdue
Smith started out his career at safety after playing quarterback in high school. Now he’ll be one of the nation’s top wide receivers after making the switch just two years ago. The 6-2, 226-pound senior followed up a 49-catch season with an All-America-caliber campaign making 91 grabs for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns with four games (Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State) with 11 or more catches. He’s big, tough, and just fast enough to hit the occasional home run, and while he doesn’t have top-end, NFL wheels, topping out at around 4.6, he should be productive enough to get a paycheck at the next level.
11. Jeremy Kerley, Sr. TCU
12. Darvin Adams, Jr. Auburn
13. Armon Binns, Sr. Cincinnati
14. Terrence Toliver, Sr. LSU
15. Chris Owusu, Jr. Stanford
16. Randall Cobb, Jr. Kentucky
17. Greg Salas, Sr. Hawaii
18. Tandon Doss, Jr. Indiana
19. Damaris Johnson, Jr. Tulsa
20. Eric Page, Soph. Toledo
21. DeVier Posey, Jr. Ohio State
22. Jermaine Kearse, Jr. Washington
23. Nick Toon, Jr. Wisconsin
24. DeAndre Brown, Jr. Southern Miss
25. Titus Young, Sr. Boise State
26. Jerrel Jernigan, Sr. Troy
27. Austin Pettis, Sr. Boise State
28. Roy Roundtree, Soph. Michigan
29. T.Y. Hilton, Jr. FIU
30. Donovan Varner, Jr. Duke