2016 CFN Preseason All-America Wide Receivers. Who are the best and brightest wide receivers coming into the college football season?
2016 CFN Preseason All-America Wide Receivers
1. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Jr. USC
The total package, the Trojan star is 6-2, 215 pounds, fast, and can grab everything that comes his way. Good right away, he became great last season catching 89 passes for 1,454 yards and ten scores, turning into more than just the go-to guy – he was the offense when needed. The numbers might not be quite there with the new quarterback situation, but he’ll make everyone around him better.
2. James Washington, Jr. Oklahoma State
Explosive, explosive, explosive. Washington came up with 53 catches for 1,087 yards and ten touchdowns last season, averaging over 20 yards per catch. A compact 6-0 and 205 pounds, he’s tough enough to generate a little bit of pop after the grab, but he’s at his best when he’s making things happen on the move.
2016 CFN Preseason Second-Team All-America Wide Receivers
3. KD Cannon, Jr. Baylor
Next. Corey Coleman might have been the big star last year for the passing game, but Cannon did his part as the No. 2 man on the other side averaging over 17 yards per catch making 50 grabs for 868 yards and six touchdowns. Expect him to blow past the 1,000-yard mark – he went for 1,030 yards as a freshman – with his track-star speed stretching the field.
4. Calvin Ridley, Soph. Alabama
The Crimson Tide needed a receiver to step up in place of Amari Cooper, and Ridley did his part catching 89 passes for 1,045 yards and seven scores. Explosive, he’s a go-to target who dominates single coverage and can be used as a runner if needed, too. Defenses have to focus their attention on him, and when that happens – like it did in the national title game – the rest of the weapons thrive.
2016 CFN Preseason Third-Team All-America Wide Receivers
5. Corey Davis, Sr. Western Michigan
Don’t forget about the MAC guys – the 6-3, 205-pounder can play against anyone. Davis dominated with 90 catches for 1,436 yards and 12 scores, taking his game to a whole other level after a terrific first two seasons. Combining with veteran QB Zach Terrell, Davis should hit the 100-grab mark in an unstoppable campaign.
6. Travis Rudolph, Jr. Florida State
The upside is limitless. He caught 59 passes for 916 yards and seven scores, but he’s about to do so much more. A tremendous athlete, he can go up and get it, take plays deep, and can be the type of weapon who takes over games. If he can be more consistent, the numbers will go through the roof.