Who are the best wide receivers coming into the 2018 college football season? Here are the projected 30 top players.
Preview 2018: Top 30 Wide Receivers
Based on projections for this college season – and not necessarily based on pro talent and potential – here are the 30 best tight ends coming into the season.
30. Andy Isabella, Sr. UMass
It’s going to be the fun offense you need to see. UMass might not win a lot, but it’s going to put up big passing numbers helped by the 5-10, 195-pound leading receiver from last year. Isabella caught 65 passes for 1,020 yards and ten scores, and he ran for a score, too.
29. Parris Campbell, Sr. Ohio State
More of a top prospect than a big producer so far, the 6-1, 208-pounder led the Buckeyes in receiving yards with 584, but he only caught 40 passes with three touchdowns and a rushing score. The talent is there, but he disappeared way too often late in the season.
28. Jalen McCleskey, Sr. Oklahoma State
James Washington and Marcell Ateman might have been the main men for the Oklahoma State receiving corps, but now the 5-10 and 170-pound speedster should be the No. 1 target. He did his part in last year’s fun with 50 catches for 645 yards and five scores.
27. Trevon Brown, Sr. East Carolina
One of the few positives on a team that had to keep bombing away to try keeping up, the 6-2, 211-pound Brown overcame the neck injury that cost him all of 2016. He caught 60 passes against 1,069 yards and seven touchdown averaging close to 18 yards per grab.
26. Ahmmon Richards, Miami
He only played in eight games – missing the first few games of the season and the key last two – but he was amazing when ht got his chances, catching 24 passes for 439 yards and three scores averaging over 18 yards per grab. The pro scouts are all in, but he needs to come up with a great season.
25. Marcus Green, Sr. ULM
One of the nation’s best all-around playmakers, he’s a smallish 5-8 and 190 pounds, but he caught 55 passes for 847 yards with five scores, ran for 184 yards, returned punts, and took four kickoffs for a score. Get the ball in his hands and watch him go.
24. Juwan Johnson, Jr. Penn State
About to be a breakthrough star as he also makes a big move up the NFL draft board, the 6-4, 231-pound veteran has the skills, smarts, and experience to be a dominant force – if he can start catching touchdown passes. He made 54 grabs last year for 701 yards, but he only caught one scoring pass.
23. Marquise Brown, Jr. Oklahoma
“Hollywood” is one of the fastest players in college football who’ll get the ball in his hands on the move early and often. OU’s leading receiver in yards, he caught 57 passes for 1,095 yards and seven scores, averaging over 19 yards per grab. He’s a wisp at just 162 pounds on his 5-11 frame, but he’s a dynamo.
22. Felton Davis, Sr. Michigan State
On a team with the defense as the star, and with QB Brian Lewerke and RB LJ Scott the main men on offense, it’s easy to overlook the 6-4, 195-pound Davis as the No. 1 target. He caught 55 passes for 776 yards and nine scores despite missing a few games.
21. Steven Sims, Sr. Kansas
With defenses fully focused on stopping him, he still managed to come up with a big season with 59 catches for 839 yards and six touchdowns. Quick, the 5-10, 176-pounder should blow up if the rest of the team can do anything around him.
20. Tyre Brady, Sr. Marshall
A tough target who fights for the ball and will outphysical most defensive backs, he’s a 6-3, 201-pound transfer from Miami who caught 62 passes for 942 yards and eight touchdowns. He wasn’t consistent, but when he was on, he was unstoppable.
19. Bryan Edwards, Jr. South Carolina
When Deebo Samuel went down, the 6-3, 215-pound Edwards stepped up, finishing the season with a team-high 64 catches for 793 yards and five scores, doing most of his touchdown work late in the season. Samuel is back, but Edwards should still be good for five grabs a game.
18. Mecole Hardman, Jr. Georgia
On a team loaded with great parts for the ground game and terrific quarterbacks, the receivers all but were along for the ride at times. The 5-11, 183-pound Hardman only caught 24 passes in 15 games, but he averaged close to 17 yards per catch with four scores and ran for two touchdowns. Forget the numbers; he’s going to be a massive impact player.
17. Stanley Morgan, Sr. Nebraska
A breakout star for a bad team, the 6-1, 195-pounder caught 61 passes for 986 yards and ten scores as a steady deep threat who stretched the field. Now he gets to be the No. 1 guy on what should be a better and more dangerous offense.
16. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Sr. Stanford
A big NFL prospect, the 6-3, 222-pounder is a matchup problem with his size and deep play ability. He caught 48 passes for 781 yards and nine scores, averaging over 16 yards per grab. Doing it on a team that relies on Bryce Love and the ground game makes him stand out that much more.
15. Denzel Mims, Jr. Baylor
At least one good thing came out of Baylor’s miserable season; Mims became an unstoppable star. The 6-3, 197-pounder ripped through the Big 12 catching 61 passes for 1,087 yards and eight scores, blowing through Oklahoma for 192 yards and three touchdowns. He’s a player to build around.
14. Collin Johnson, Jr. Texas
The offense needs more playmakers and the quarterbacks need as much help as possible. That’s the 6-6, 215-pound Johnson, with the speed to go along with his next-level size. He led the Longhorns with 54 catches for 765 yards and two touchdowns – and now he has to score more.
13. Greg Dortch, Soph. Wake Forest
Despite playing in just eight games, he still ripped it up with 53 catches for 722 yards and nine scores and was deadly on punt returns. The 5-9, 165-pounder destroyed Louisville for four touchdown grabs and hit Florida State for ten catches before getting knocked out for the year with an ab injury.
12. Kyle Williams, Jr. Arizona State
N’Keal Harry might be the star of the Sun Devil passing game, but Williams is more than just a sidekick. Te 5-11, 182-pounder isn’t all that physical, but he can fly, catching 66 passes for 763 yards and seven touchdowns while also seeing time as a kick returner and runner.
11. Gary Jennings, Sr. West Virginia
David Sills was the touchdown machine, but Jennings was the volume catcher, leading the Mountaineers with 97 grabs for 1,096 yards. He scored just once – and it came in the opener – but he caught ten passes or more four times. At 6-2 and 215 pounds, he’s got the size and he’s tough on the inside. Now he needs more touchdowns.