ESPN ranks the SEC's top wide receivers of the last decade
Turn on your TV any fall Sunday, or play fantasy football, and you’ll notice the SEC was stacked at wide receiver over the last decade.
Greg Ostendorf continued ESPN’s series of ranking the premier players at each position hailing from the SEC over the last decade. Ostendorf’s list suggests that SEC passing games peaked in a period from 2008-14, while players from earlier and more recent years receive honorable mentions.
Here are his rankings:
5. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (2009-11)
4. A.J. Green, Georgia (2008-10)
3. Julio Jones, Alabama (2008-10)
2. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (2010-13)
1. Amari Cooper, Alabama (2012-14)
For Ostendorf, Cooper was the obvious choice for No. 1:
It’s easy to pick Cooper No. 1 here — he’s the most recent player we’ve seen — but who else on this list has been nominated for a Heisman Trophy? That’s how good the Alabama wide receiver was in 2014. He set the SEC record that season with 124 receptions, and his 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns both rank among the top three all-time for a single season. It’s ironic that with all the national championships the Crimson Tide have won in recent years, they didn’t win one in Cooper’s best year. But without him, they wouldn’t have made the College Football Playoff that season. And as for his career, he’s top three all-time in receptions (228) and yards (3,463), and he’s No. 1 in receiving touchdowns (32).
Just missing the cut are Vanderbilt’s Earl Bennet, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Florida’s Percy Harvin, Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell and Arkansas’ Jarius Wright.
What do you think? Did he get it right?