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CSD Mag Positional Rankings: Receivers

Over the past month or so, I’ve rolled out 15 “teasers” for the CSD Mag (if you missed any, you can find them all under the football tab) Now, it’s time to start rolling out the full thing, starting with my “positional rankings” The categories for these are: QB, RB, WR, OL, DL, LB, DB, and ST (Special Teams). They will be released in that order.

All stats via sports-reference.com, and all recruiting rankings via 247sports.com

CSD Mag WR/TE Unit Rankings

#1 – Oklahoma State

James Washington probably would have been a first round pick if he left for the NFL last year, but he (and QB Mason Rudolph) decided to come back to Stillwater. Washington led the Pokes last year with 1380 yards (19.4 yards per catch) and he comes into the season as the favorite for the Biletnikoff. The Cowboys’ recieving core is bolstered by Marcell Ateman. Ateman missed last season due to an injury, but in 2015, he averaged 17 yards per catch. Last year’s #2 option Jalen McClesky (73 catches for 812 yards) is back, and they add LSU transfer Tyron Johnson, who was a five-star recruit in the class of 2014.

#2 – Colorado

Colorado returns it’s top NINE pass-catchers from last year’s Pac-12 South Champion team. Led by Shay Fields (883 yards, 15.8 yards per catch) and Devin Ross (787 yards, 11.4 yards per catch). Bryce Bobo (548 yards, 12.8 yards per catch) was the third option last year, with runningback Phillip Lindsay, and slot man Juwann Winfree also making significant contributions. The ‘Buffs add Maryland transfer Juwann Winfree, and Jay McIntyre and Kabion Ento are two young studs that should get more playing team this year.

#3 – Florida

For Florida to even be on this list five years ago would have been a surprise. The Gators have struggled in the passing game ever since Tebow, but NFL prospect Antonio Callaway leads a Florida receiving core that returns it’s top seven pass-catchers from 2017. Brandon Powell (48 catches) was the #2 last year. Tyrie Cleveland (a freshman in 2016) led players with >5 catches in yards per catch, Cleveland averaged 21.3, albeit on just 14 receptions. Jim McElwain also brings in 4-star James Robinson and Dre Massey returns after suffering a knee injury in 2016.

#4 – Notre Dame

Equanimeous St. Brown (961 yards, 16,6 yards per catch) will contend as one of the best pass catchers in the country. There is a real question as to who steps into the role of the #2 receiver, as last year’s second option, Torri Hunter Jr., left to go play pro baseball. Notre Dame’s Tight End roster is probably the best in the country, with junior Alize Mack and three other four-star tight ends.

#5 – Clemson

Clemson lost quarterback Deshaun Watson and three of their top four receivers, but Dabo Swinney built the Tigers into a recruiting power, and they’ve already reloaded. Deon Cain (724 yards, 19.1 yards per catch) will be the #1 option. The Tigers also bring back Hunter Renfrow, who has totaled 1,000 yards over the past two years. Four-star junior Ray Ray McCloud should step into a bigger role, and freshman Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers add depth to the relieving unit.

#6 – Alabama
#7 – Penn State
#8 – TCU
#9 – South Carolina
#10 – Washington
#11 – Texas A&M
#12 – SMU
#13 – USC
#14 – Missouri
#15 – Washington
#16 – Texas Tech
#17 – Indiana
#18 – Middle Tennessee
#19 – Texas
#20 – Miami
#21 – Florida State
#22 – Mississippi
#23 – Louisville
#24 – Oregon
#25 – California

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