SEC Wide Receiver Unit Rankings

SEC Wide Receiver Unit Rankings


SEC Wide Receiver Unit Rankings

Which teams have the best receivers going into the season? The SEC wide receiver unit rankings from top to bottom …

2015 SEC Wide Receiver Unit Rankings

1. Texas A&M

If this isn’t the best receiving corps in the nation, it’s in the team photo. The top-shelf recruiting classes are paying off with a boatload of No. 1 targets. Josh Reynolds it the leading returning scorer and yard guy after coming up with 842 yards and 13 scores, but Speedy Noil is every bit as dangerous, Ricky Seals-Jones is a superstar talent, and Edward Pope is good enough to take over games, too. Throw in freshman Christian Kirk, and there’s an embarrassment of riches.

Unit Rating: 10

2. Tennessee

The potential is there, the talent is in place, the quarterback is about to become a superstar, and the expectations are through the roof. Now everyone has to live up to the hype. Pig Howard and the top ten Vol pass catchers are back with a dizzying array of options. Howard, Marquez North, and Von Pearson are the veteran upperclassmen who can steady the ship, but there are plenty of young options like sophomores Josh Malone and Josh Smith who have to be worked in, too.

Unit Rating: 8.5

3. LSU

Purely in terms of talent, the NFL might showcase this group more than LSU will. With a little more pop from the quarterbacks and with more consistency, the explosion should follow. Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre are special, but they need more chances after each averaging over 20 yards per catch. Sophomores D.J. Chark and Trey Quinn will get their chances, and John Diarse is back after coming up with a few big moments.

Unit Rating: 8

4. Ole Miss

Is Laquon Treadwell back to 100%? All indications are that he’s going to be ready to be the same type of NFL talent he was before breaking his leg, and now he’s leaner and quicker, too. Evan Engram might be the best tight end in America with excellent deep play skills and nice hands. Cody Core and Quincy Adeboyejo are good veterans, and there are more than enough decent backups to work in the depth. 18 Rebels caught passes last year, but 2015 is all about Treadwell. This is a good group no matter what, but Treadwell makes it special.

Unit Rating: 8

5. Auburn

Yes, yes, all the drama from the D’haquille Williams offseason appears to be over, and he seems like he’s in everyone’s good graces again. Sammie Coates and his deep ball skills are gone, but Williams should show why he’s supposed to be the better overall talent. With a passer like Jeremy Johnson taking over at quarterback, the numbers should blow up. Ricardo “2013 Georgia Win” Louis needs to become a true No. 2 receiving target, and Melvin Ray needs to be even more of a deep threat. JUCO transfer Jason Smith should step in and start right away.

Unit Rating: 8

6. Alabama

There’s no positive trying to go forward without a star like Amari Cooper, but it’s Alabama – there are always phenomenal prospects waiting to show up. ArDarius Stewart, Chris Black and Robert Foster are now in the spotlight to replace Cooper, DeAndrew White, and Christion Jones. Will the coaching staff find O.J. Howard? The uber-talented tight end hasn’t been throw too enough, and now there’s no excuse – the passing game needs him. Expect Stewart to be the breakout receiver, and for this to be a better corps than it might appear.

Unit Rating: 7.5

7. South Carolina

Pharoh Cooper can do a little of everything, but can he make the South Carolina passing game work? He has to stay in one piece, and he’ll have to get used to getting the full attention of every secondary after catching 69 passes for 1,136 yards and nine scores. There are a whole slew of question marks outside of Cooper with redshirt freshman Deebo Samuel and Shamier Jeffery – Alshon’s brother – need to rise up and rock right away. Steve Spurrier is going to rely on way too many untested parts – Cooper is everything to this corps.

Unit Rating: 7.5

8. Florida

Was it a case of a bad receiving corps, or was it the former coaching staff’s problem? Demarcus Robinson did what he could, catching a team-leading 53 passes for 810 yards and seven scores, and now there’s a chance to crank things up to another level if the quarterback play is okay. Ahmad Fullwood had a few decent moments last season, and Latroy Pitman and Brandon Powell should know what they’re doing, but it’s up to Robinson to carry the Gators through the air.

Unit Rating: 7.5

9. Mississippi State

Having Dak Prescott under center will help make everything work. Jameon Lewis and tight end Malcolm Johnson are gone, but De’Runnya Wilson is a true go-to-guy after catching nine touchdown passes, and Fred Ross proved he could rise up as a good running mate. Fred Brown got a few key passes his way, and speedy JUCO transfer Donald Gray should be a dangerous fill-in option here and there. The one concern is replacing Johnson, but Prescott will make his tight ends better.

Unit Rating: 7

10. Missouri

It’s Missouri, so you know what the receiving corps looks like. It’s a very tall, very slender collection, and they can all stretch the field and make things after the catch. Unfortunately, the top three receivers are gone, and the likely starters – Nate Brown, J’Mon Moore, and Wesley Leftwich – combined for a grand total of ten catches with no scores last season. Veteran quarterback Maty Mauk should ease the transition, but it’s going to be a work in progress.

Unit Rating: 7

11. Arkansas

The Hog attack might revolve around the running game, but there are several nice parts of the passing puzzle, too. The NFL can’t wait to get its hands on tight end Hunter Henry, but he’s more in the supporting cast role in this offense. Leading receiver Keon Hatcher is back after catching 43 passes for 558 yards and six touchdowns, and Jared Cornelius should be ready to grow into a dangerous No. 2 option after a solid first year. This is a young corps overall, and it’ll get its chances.

Unit Rating: 7

12. Georgia

The Bulldogs lose Chris Conley and Michael Bennett, but there are a few good-looking prospects to take over. There’s a boatload of speed, but the production has to follow. Malcolm Mitchell hasn’t been able to stay in one piece over the last two years, but he needs to become a go-to target who can be relied on to come up with a few deep plays now and then. Isaiah McKenzie caught six passes last year as a freshman, but he’ll be counted on along with Reggie Davis, who also caught six balls.

Unit Rating: 6.5

13. Kentucky

Really, really young last season, four of the top six receivers were underclassmen. On the plus side, the Wildcats come back experienced despite the loss of Javess Blue and Demarco Robinson. Ryan Timmons caught a team-high 45 passes, but he’ll have to be more dangerous in the red zone and has to come up with more big moments. This is still a growing corps overall, but Garrett Johnson might be there to shine after making 22 grabs in his first season.

Unit Rating: 6.5

14. Vanderbilt

This should be a far more effective corps if and when the quarterback play improves. Six of the top seven receivers were supposed to be back, starting with tight end Steven Scheu, but C.J. Duncan was injured in fall camp taking away one of the most dangerous options. Without Duncan, everyone will need to figure out their roles. Latevius Rayford will have the spotlight on after finishing second on the team with 36 catches, but he didn’t do much deep. Caleb Scott will get every opportunity.

Unit Rating: 6

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