Who are the best wide receivers coming into the 2019 college football season? Here are the 2019 CFN All-America wide receivers and 30 top players.
2019 CFN Preseason All-America Wide Receivers
Who are the best receivers coming into the 2019 college football season? Based on projections for this year – and not necessarily based on pro talent and potential ….
Honorable Mention All-Americans
30. Juwan Johnson, Sr. Oregon
He’s 6-4, 225 pounds, fast, and is about to rip it up in Eugene after transferring over from Penn State. He caught 25 passes for 352 yards and a score last season for the Nittany Lions – and made only two touchdown grabs in his career – but watch out for him to become a superstar target for Justin Herbert.
– 2019 Oregon Preview
29. Quartney Davis, Jr. Texas A&M
He’s not alone, the 6-0, 201-pound junior joins Jhamon Austin – and others – in a terrific-looking receiving corps. Davis caught 45 passes for 585 yards and seven touchdowns, but he’s about to have a giant season in the improved offense.
– 2019 Texas A&M Preview
28. KJ Hamler, Jr. Penn State
Can Penn State get good enough quarterback play to utilize its speedy star? The 5-9, 168-pounder is a killer on kickoff returns, and he led the team with 42 catches for 754 yards and five scores – averaging 18 yards per grab. He’s got the talent to do a whole lot more.
– 2019 Penn State Preview
27. Jaylen Waddle, Soph. Alabama
All he had to do was try to break through as a true freshman in an already loaded receiving corps. The 5-10, 182-pound bolt of lightning was good for a few catches game, and he ripped it up whenever he got his chances averaging close to 19 yards per catch with seven scores. He’s not bad for a No. 3 target.
– 2019 Alabama Preview
26. Theo Howard, Sr. UCLA
Can Howard do more with steadier quarterback play and a more experienced team? He did a nice job earlier in his career when Josh Rosen was under center, and last season he was solid with 51 catches for 677 yards and four scores. The talent is there to do a whole lot more.
– 2019 UCLA Preview
25. Denzel Mims, Sr. Baylor
The Baylor offense is loaded with great receiving talent, and it’ll start with the 6-3, 210-pound Mims after catching 55 passes for 794 yards an eight scores. He’s a big, strong target who can hit the home run.
– 2019 Baylor Preview
24. Rico Bussey, Sr. North Texas
Who gets to be the guy who gets all the work from Mason Fine and the high-powered Mean Green offense? It’s the 6-2 veteran who averaged 15 yards per catch with six 100-yard games and 12 touchdowns on his 68 catches.
– 2019 North Texas Preview
23. Jeff Thomas, Jr. Miami
He was off to Illinois, Manny Diaz took over the gig, and he came back to the program. Thomas only caught 35 passes for 563 yards and three scores, but the passing game should be stronger, he’ll be used even more as a field stretcher, and he’ll be the one who makes defenses worry.
– 2019 Miami Preview
22. Kalija Lipscomb, Jr. Vanderbilt
It’s going to be hard to get a whole lot of love in an SEC loaded with all the great Alabama receivers – among others – but the 6-1, 201-pounder is a tough, reliable target who led the team with 87 catches for 916 yards and nine scores. He might not be all that explosive, but he’ll catch everything.
– 2019 Vanderbilt Preview
21. KJ Hill, Sr. Ohio State
The new go-to guy for a depleted receiving corps – relatively speaking – the 6-0, 195-pounder might not have the flash of some of the other Buckeye targets, but he’ll do all the dirty work coming off a 68-catch, 865-yard, six-score season.
– 2019 Ohio State Preview
20. Adrian Hardy, Jr. Louisiana Tech
The 6-2, 193-pounder went from being a decent part of the puzzle to a killer No. 1 guy, catching 75 passes for 1,145 yards and six touchdowns, highlighted by a ten-catch, 181-yard, two score day against LSU. Best of all, he did that with a mediocre Louisiana Tech offense that should be a whole lot better.
– 2019 Louisiana Tech Preview
19. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Soph. USC
The super-recruit had a strong freshman season considering how mediocre the team was, leading the team with 60 catches for 750 yards and three scores. In the new-look offense – and with Michael Pittman and other great receivers there to take the pressure off – St. Brown could be one of the nation’s biggest breakout stars.
– 2019 USC Preview
18. Damonte Coxie, Jr. Memphis
Oh yeah, there’s a good passing game to go along with the high-powered running attack, too. The 6-3, 200-pounder caught 72 passes for 1,174 yards and seven scores, doing a good job to come up with big games as well as be a consistently steady main target. He’ll be amazing again with QB Brady White throwing him the ball.
– 2019 Memphis Preview
17. Justin Jefferson, Jr. LSU
The LSU offense needed a No. 1 target, and the 6-2, 185-pounder was just that, leading the team with 54 catches – more than double of the No. 2 man – for 875 yards and six scores, averaging over 16 yards per catch. With his size, speed, and veteran QB Joe Burrow getting him the ball, he’ll be great in an SEC loaded with excellent receivers.
– 2019 LSU Preview
16. Michael Pittman, Sr. USC
It’s all there to go from good to amazing. The hope is for QB JT Daniels to be better as a sophomore, the offense is going to start throwing under OC Graham Harrell, and Pittman has the 6-4, 225-pound size and talent to be the No. 1 guy in a loaded receiving corps. He averaged close to 19 yards per catch on 41 grabs with six scores, but now he has to blow up. He will.
– 2019 USC Preview
15. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jr. Michigan
Just wait to see what he can do in the new-look offense that’s going to wing the ball around the yard a bit more. The former super-recruit is coming into his own coming off a 47-catch season with 612 yards and eight scores. He’s just scratching the surface.
– 2019 Michigan Preview
14. Marquez Stevenson, Jr. Houston
Oh will this be fun. Stevenson had a good season with 75 catches for 1,019 yards and nine scores, ran for two touchdowns, and was good as a kick returner. Now he gets D’Eriq King back at quarterback to go along with new head coach Dana Holgorsen.
– 2019 Houston Preview
13. Henry Ruggs, Jr. Alabama
His only real negative is that he’s not Jerry Jeudy. The 6-0, 190-pound Ruggs caught 46 passes for 741 yards and 11 scores, averaging over 16 yards per play. Put him on special teams, get him the ball on the move, or make him the No. 1 target. He’ll produce whenever he gets his chances.
– 2019 Alabama Preview
12. James Proche, Sr. SMU
This should be interesting with Texas transfer Shane Buechele getting him the ball. The 5-11, 190-pound speedster caught 93 passes for 1,199 yards and 12 touchdowns last season the Sonny Dykes offense, but with the new QB, look out.
– 2019 SMU Preview
11. Tyler Johnson, Sr. Minnesota
All that’s missing is a great quarterback to get him the ball. The 6-2, 200-pound local product turned into a Big Ten star on a running team, catching 78 passes for 1,169 yards and 12 scores, averaging 15 yards per catch. The NFL types have noticed.
– 2019 Minnesota Preview