Preview 2018: Top 30 Wide Receivers

Preview 2018: Top 30 Wide Receivers

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Preview 2018: Top 30 Wide Receivers


10. Kelvin Harmon, Jr. NC State

A terrific pro prospect and, along with Jakobi Meyers, part of a great returning receiving corps, the 6-3, 213-pound leading receiver caught 69 passes for 1,017 yards and four scores after catching five touchdown passes the year before. He’ll be Ryan Finley’s go-to target.

9. Jaylen Smith, Sr. Louisville

A bit under the radar on a team with Lamar Jackson, and second on the team in touchdown catches behind Dez Fitzpatrick, the 6-4, 219-pounder is a big target who can hit the home run. Despite missing three games, he still caught 60 passes for 980 yards and seven scores, with five touchdowns in the last four games.

8. Deebo Samuel, Sr. South Carolina

Absolutely crushing it before getting hurt early last season, the 6-0, 210-pound all-around playmaker caught 15 passes for 250 yards and three scores, ran for a score and came up with two touchdowns on kick returns. Now he’s back with Jake Bentley throwing to him.

7. Penny Hart, Jr. Georgia State

Devastating whenever he has the ball in his hands, he was amazing as a freshman, got hurt as a sophomore, and came back last season to catch 74 passes for 1,121 yards and eight scores. At 5-8 and 180 pounds he’s not that big, but just try to catch him.

6. David Sills, Sr. West Virginia

The 6-4, 204-pounder might have been third on the team in receptions, and he might have struggled a bit when Will Grier went down, but he still ended up with 18 of his 60 catches going for touchdowns. He doesn’t have to do it all, but he’ll put up big numbers again as Grier’s go-to guy on key plays.

5. KeeSean Johnson, Sr. Fresno State

He didn’t need the coaching change to show off how good he is, following up a 66-catch sophomore season with 77 grabs for 1,013 yards and eight scores in Jeff Tedford’s first season. Physical and quick, the 6-2, 198-pounder is consistent as well as explosive.

4. Diontae Johnson, Jr. Toledo

The return of Cody Thompson should be a big help, but when he went down, the 5-11, 181-pound Johnson was able to step up and dominate for the MAC champs, catching a team-high 74 passes for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns. His numbers won’t be as good with Thompson back, but he’ll be huge again. Very quick, he’s a killer on kick returns, too.

3. Anthony Johnson, Sr. Buffalo

The 6-2, 207-pound JUCO transfer took a redshirt year after joining the program, and then he came up with an unstoppable season catching 76 passes for 1,356 yards and 14 touchdowns with six games with 140 yards or more. With NFL prospect QB Tyree Jackson throwing it, the production will keep on rolling.

2. A.J. Brown, Jr. Ole Miss

The favorite of the NFL scouting world, he might not be quite tall enough at just 6-1, but he’s a tough 225 pounds and he can put up huge numbers in bunches. While he did most of his best work against the mediocre teams, he still put up a whopping 1,252 yards and 11 scores on 75 catches.

1. N’Keal Harry, Jr. Arizona State

The full package as an NFL No. 1 wide receiver, he’s a tough and physical 6-4 and 213 pounds with the speed to get deep, too. After breaking on to the scene with a 58-catch, 659-yard, five-touchdown freshman season, he rolled up 82 catches for 1,142 yards and eight scores as he tore up the Pac-12. Now he’s going to be the top weapon for the Herm Edwards attack.

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