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2013 SEC team position rankings: Wide Receivers

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Up next in SDS position rankings are the wide receivers and tight ends. Three strong position corps have sexy outlooks for 2013 and headline the position.

Let’s cut to the chase…

Big three

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Vanderbilt

Alabama is loaded with receivers. Amari Cooper has scary potential, but returners Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell, DeAndrew White and Christion Jones make this a deep and talented corps. Then you add Robert Foster, Chris Black, Raheem Falkins and OJ Howard into the mix, and deep and talented becomes nasty…Georgia has loads of pass catchers for Aaron Murray. Malcolm Mitchell should become Murray’s top deep threat, and Michael Bennett returns from a knee injury. Chris Conley and Justin Scott-Wesley, along with JUCO transfer Jonathan Rumph and tight ends Jay Rome and Arthur Lynch, make this a dominant receiving corps…Vanderbilt could have the best one-two punch with Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd. They return a combined 144 catches for 2,097 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jonathan Krause adds another big option for the quarterback, along with incoming freshman Jordan Cunningham. Josh Grady is another playmaker who’s versatile and will provide some big plays. Edit: The rankings took place before Chris Boyd’s arrest and suspension.

Next Level

4. Texas A&M
5. Ole Miss
6. LSU

Texas A&M is loaded with young talented receivers. Mike Evans leads the group, and he may be the best receiver in the SEC. Returners Malcome Kennedy and Derel Walker welcome a slew of other future studs like Ricky Seals-Jones, Ja’Quay Williams, Sebastian Larue and LaQuvionte Gonzales. Johnny Manziel has a ton of WRs to play pitch and catch with, and don’t forget about JUCO TE transfer Cameron Clear…Ole Miss returns its star receiver Donte Moncrief, along with starters Vince Sanders and Ja-Mes Logan. They welcome talented freshman Laquon Treadwell, but they have an obvious void and concern in the depth chart at tight end…LSU has two really good receivers in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, who need to take their game to the next level. And Kadron Boone isn’t a bad No. 3 option either, and senior James Wright will add depth. Travis Dickson will start at tight end, but it remains to be seen whether Zach Mettenberger can get theses talented receivers the ball more often.

Could be great

7. Missouri
8. South Carolina
9. Auburn

Missouri has uber-talented Dorial Green-Beckham waiting to catch passes and make plays, assuming the QB position improves. But it doesn’t start and stop with DGB. The Tigers will feature Marcus Lucas, L’Damian Washington and Texas transfer Darius White as three other very capable players, and don’t forget about Bud Sasser. With Sean Culkin and Eric Waters at TE, the receiving corps could be nasty with efficient and improved QB play…South Carolina is going to be just fine despite losing Ace Sanders. Leading receiver Bruce Ellington returns, along with Damiere Byrd and Shaq Roland. But tight ends Rory Anderson and Jerell Adams are both mismatches waiting to happen. This corps won’t skip a beat…Auburn’s biggest problem is QB play. Receivers Sammie Coates, Jaylon Denson and Trovon Reed all have to step up this year, and TE CJ Uzomah could be a big mismatch in Gus Malzahn’s system. Is this Quan Bray’s year?

Need playmakers

10. Mississippi State
11. Florida
12. Arkansas

MSU lost all three starters from last year’s team, and the replacements are just largely unknown. But you will know Joe Morrow, Jameon Lewis and Robert Johnson before the season is over, as these three are talented, just not household names yet. Freshman Fred Ross is already stepping up in practice, and TE Malcolm Johnson should be a reliable target for Tyler Russell…Florida lacked any difference-maker at receiver last year, and what’s going to change in 2013? UF has been waiting on Quinton Dunbar and Andre Debose (torn ACL, out for the year) to develop. Do-it-all Trey Burton slides out to receiver, and freshmen Ahmad Fullwood and Demarcus Robinson will play bigger roles than we anticipate. But how does corner Loucheiz Purifoy factor into the corps?…The Hogs’ running game should be fine; it’s the passing game I worry about. Starter Javontee Herndon returns, but Mekale McKay missed practice and now wants to transfer. Senior Demetrius Wilson slides into Cobi Hamilton’s vacant position, and Julian Horton will now be counted on. TE Austin Tate will try to become a target for Brandon Allen. Edit: Demetrius Wilson has a torn ACL.

Bottom two

13. Kentucky
14. Tennessee

Kentucky has some talent at receiver, but the depth just isn’t there yet. Neal Brown wants to air it out, and he’ll have to lean on top receiver Demarco Robinson as the playmaker. Along with Robinson, Daryl Collins and AJ Legree are two returners to watch. But the real impact players could be JUCO transfer Javess Blue and freshman Ryan Timmons…Tennessee’s receiving corps took a major hit with the losses of Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Zach Rogers, as well as tight end Mychal Rivera. Cody Blanc, Pig Howard and Jason Croom are three listed as starters on the depth chart, but freshmen Paul Harris, Ryan Jenkins and Marquez North could get the most playing time. North is already standing out in practice.

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