CSD College Football Preview 2018 – The Best Receiver Units in College Football

Note: This includes receivers and tight ends

Others Considered (Alphabetical): Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, South Carolina

#10 – Georgia

Javon Wims is off to the NFL but senior Terry Godwin should be a solid replacement after catching 38 balls for 639 yards and six touchdowns last year. He will be joined by juniors Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley, and five-star tight end Isaac Nauta returns as well.

#9 – Louisville

Jawon Pass will have big shoes to fill at quarterback, but he has the weapons to make it work out wide. Preseason All-ACC senior Jaylen Smith racked up 980 yards (16.3 YPC) in 2017 and he will be joined by junior Seth Dawkins and red-zone threat Dez Fitzpatrick, both of whom started last year.

#8 – USC

Sam Darnold is out at QB, but this receiver group should help his replacement get acclimated very quickly. Led by five-star Tyler Vaughns (809 yards, 14.2 per catch in 2017) and Michael Pittman (404 yards, 17.6 per catch) this group would already be good, but they add another five-star in freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown.

#7 – Arizona State

N’Keal Harry is the crown jewel of this group. The preseason All-Pac 12 player racked up 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last year on 13.9 yards per catch. The other guy on the outside will be fellow junior Kyle Williams, who put up 762 yards a year ago on 11.6 yards per catch.

#6 – Baylor

Baylor was really bad last year, but the Bears will have at least one bright spot this year, their receiving core. The Bears return each of their top four receivers from the 2017 campaign, as well as speedy wideout Chris Platt, who shone early in 2017 before going down with an injury.

#5 – Ohio State

Toledo ranked ahead of Ohio State… nice. The Buckeyes were very much a receiving group by committee last year, but they return almost everyone from that group. Among those who are returning is Parris Campbell (584 yards, 14.6 per catch in 2017) as well as many. The starting tight end will likely be four-star sophomore Luke Farrell.

#4 – Toledo

The good ‘ol group of five spotlight returns as Toledo returns almost all of their key pieces in the receiving core. Dionte Johnson racked up 1,278 yards last year on 17.3 yards per catch, Jon’Vea Johnson added 689 more (16.4 YPC), and while Cody Thompson went down with an injury last year, when healthy in 2016 he racked up 1,269 yards on 19.8 yards per catch.

#3 – Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield is gone, but the Sooners return both Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb. The two combined for over 1,900 yards and both were incredibly efficient (17.5 yards per catch for Lamb and 19.2 for Brown). Mark Andrews is gone but he will be quickly replaced by Grant Calcaterra, who averaged 16.2 yards per catch in limited playing time last year.

#2 – West Virginia

Gary Jennings and David Sills combined for over 2,000 yards last year, and with one of the best quarterbacks in the country throwing to them in Will Grier, I would be surprised if they didn’t do it again in 2018. Sills’ 18 touchdown catches last year was one of the best marks in the country, as was his 16.3 yards per catch. Alabama transfer TJ Simmons will get playing time as well.

#1 – Ole Miss

Despite the Rebels’ bowl ban for the 2018 season, they should still put up points on the field on the backs of this incredible receiving core. AJ Brown will be an All-American contender if he can match his 1,252 yards (16.7 per catch) that he posted a season ago. DeMarkus Lodge and DK Metcalf both put up 600+ yards last year as well.

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