Spring position rankings:
- SEC’s All-Spring Team
- Top 10 Offensive Players
- Running Backs
- Wide Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Offensive Linemen
- Top 10 Defensive Players
- Defensive Ends
- Defensive Tackles
- Defensive Backs
The SEC had a logjam at wide receiver in 2013, and a few of them return for another season. Mike Evans, Jordan Matthews, Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are four who won’t be back for another season.
The conference hasn’t been known to have so many big-name receivers, but with the league trending towards more explosive offenses, better receivers are a big reason for that.
Here’s a look at the 10 best ahead of spring football:
10. Marquez North, Tennessee (SO)
9. Shaq Roland, South Carolina (JR)
8. Chris Conley, Georgia (SR)
Marquez North is ready to blow up. The only problem is Tennessee has to find somebody to get him the football. North caught 38 passes for 496 yards and one touchdown as a freshman, and his one-handed grab against South Carolina was arguably the conference’s top catch of the season…Shaq Roland is ready to become the Gamecocks’ top receiver after Bruce Ellington is heading to the NFL. Roland caught 25 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns during his sophomore campaign…Chris Conley is destined to be a politician someday, but he’s a top 10 receiver for the Bulldogs. Conley caught 45 passes for 651 yards in 2013, even after he missed two games due to an injury. He’s a big-play threat.
7. Malcome Kennedy, Texas A&M (SR)
6. Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (JR)
5. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (SO)
Malcome Kennedy returns as the Aggies’ veteran of the receiving corps. He caught 60 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He’s not a big-play threat yet, but he needs to become a bigger weapon for a new quarterback…Don’t forget about Malcolm Mitchell! Mitchell went down with a season-ending knee injury after celebrating with Todd Gurley against Clemson. Mitchell may have yet to live up to the huge expectation, but that has more to do with him splitting time at corner and being injured. Mitchell’s caught 85 passes for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns in two seasons…Laquon Treadwell has as much or more upside than any receiver in the country, including Amari Cooper and DGB. He led the Rebels with 72 catches last season for 608 yards and five touchdowns, but there’s so much more in the tank. I expect Treadwell to blow up in 2014, but that largely depends on how good the Rebels’ quarterback play will be.
4. Jameon Lewis, Mississippi State (SR)
3. Sammie Coates, Auburn (JR)
2. Amari Cooper, Alabama (JR)
Jameon Lewis could be the SEC’s secret weapon. He scored touchdowns three different ways in two games by rushing, passing and receiving. He caught 64 passes for 923 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 117 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for three touchdowns…Sammie Coates just needs more touches, and he was Auburn’s deep threat, averaging a whopping 21.5 yards per catch. He totaled 42 catches for 902 yards and seven touchdowns…Amari Cooper had a quiet 2013, mostly because of injuries. He still caught 45 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, after recording 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns as a freshman, but he’s so explosive and can be great with the ball in his hands. When he’s healthy, he’s one of the most explosive receivers in the country.
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1. Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri (JR)
One of the top breakout stars of 2013, DGB looks to be the anchor of a talented receiving corps in 2014. Green-Beckham caught 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he started to blow up midway through the season. He looks more like a power forward than a receiver, but DGB could blossom into one of the finest weapons in the country and be coveted by several NFL teams, assuming he stays out of trouble.
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