College Football 2018 Preview: Power Ranking Top 25 Wide Receivers
Top 25 Wide Receivers in 2018 College Football
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The 2018 college football season is right around the corner, and if you’re not doing research now, you’re shortchanging yourself and your bankroll. You should be doing your homework now to be as prepared as possible to give you the best chance to have a winning season. Here we’re looking at the top-25 wide receivers in the country.
Here are the top 25 wide receivers in college football.
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1. David Sills V, West Virginia - David Sills V was tied with Memphis’ Anthony Miller for the most receiving touchdowns in the country with 18. Sills also seems to play his best in the big contests and has seven career games where he has two or more touchdown receptions.
2. A.J. Brown, Ole Miss - A.J. Brown has a chance to be one of the top receivers in Ole Mis history, as he’s coming off a 75 catch season in which he produced 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns. Brown was also tied for fourth in the country with 16 receptions of 25 or more yards.
3. N’Keal Harry, Arizona State - In two seasons at ASU, N’Keal Harry has 140 receptions for more than 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns. Harry also has two rushing touchdowns. A big target at 6’4”, Harry is a legit NFL prospect and possibly the best player on the Sun Devils overall.
4. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo - Anthony Johnson finished sixth in college football with 1,356 receiving yards and third in the country with 14 receiving touchdowns. It was his first season against FBS competition. With another season of QB Tyree Jackson, Johnson is poised for another monster season as one of the best receivers in college football.
5. Marquise Brown, Oklahoma - Marquise Brown won’t have Baker Mayfield throwing him the ball this season, but he’s one of the fastest players in college football with a 4.33 40-time. Brown averaged 19.2 yards per catch last season and finished the year catching at least one touchdown in five of his last seven games.
6. Diontae Johnson, Toledo - Diontae Johnson is one of the smaller receivers on this list at just 5’11”, but that didn’t stop him from racking up 1,278 yards and 13 scores last season. Johnson makes this Toledo team fun and highly explosive on the offensive end.
7. Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska - If you watched Nebraska last season, it seemed like Stanley Morgan Jr. was always making the biggest plays at the biggest moments. Morgan finished the year with 61 catches for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he’s improved each season. Expect his first 1,000 receiving yard season for the first time in his career.
8. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina - Deebo Samuel has played 10 or less games in all three seasons at South Carolina, as he’s battled injuries and what not. Samuel still has 1,194 career receiving yards and five touchdowns. He’ll be key to getting the Gamecocks offense off and running for a change.
9. Emanuel Hall, Missouri - The last two seasons with Missouri, Emanuel Hall has combined for 52 receptions, 1,124 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Now that there’s a relationship established with QB Drew Lock, expect Hall to become more of a household name in the SEC this season.
10. Gary Jennings, West Virginia - Gary Jennings had 97 receptions for 1,096 receiving yards and is averaging 12.1 yards per catch for his career. Jennings and Sills form one of the best wide receiver duos in the country. The only problem with Jennings is that he has just four touchdowns on 114 catches.
11. Jonathan Giles, LSU - After sitting out last season due to transferring from Texas Tech, Jonathan Giles has a chance to be one of the best LSU receivers in quite some time. Giles already has 85 receptions under his belt and 16 of those have produced touchdowns. LSU isn’t known for its passing game, but Giles is a legit difference maker.
12. Kelvin Harmon, NC State - Kelvin Harmon has been productive since stepping on the NC State campus, and he’s coming off a 1,000 yard season on 69 receptions. The scary thing is Harmon is capable of more consistency, which would put him in elite company.
13. Collin Johnson, Texas - Collin Johnson got off to a monster start to the 2017 season, lighting up Maryland for 125 yards and USC for 191 yards. Johnson then kind of disappeared down the stretch. With more consistent QB play, the Texas Longhorns have themselves a game changer on the outside.
14. Jaylen Smith, Louisville - Jaylen Smith is averaging almost 17 yards per reception for his career and has combined for 13 touchdowns the last two seasons. Lamar Jackson is obviously no longer around to throw him the ball, but Smith will stretch the field and make things easier for his replacement.
15. Jalen Reagor, TCU - Jalen Reagor is one of the fastest receivers in the country and had nine of his 33 receptions last year produce 25 or more yards. As just a freshman, you can expect Reagor to be more of a factor in this TCU offense, making even more plays for the Horned Frogs.
16. Denzel Mims, Baylor - The Baylor Bears are coming off a forgettable season, but Denzel Mims is coming off 1,087 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Baylor has a recent history of producing big time wideouts, and Sims seems to be the next guy in line.
17. Ahmmon Richards, Miami - Ahmmon Richards has been a consistent playmaker the last two seasons for Miami, and he’s been cleared to play this season after battling hamstring and knee injuries. Richards is a mismatch down the field due to his size and is a sure handed receiver who moves the chains.
18. Andy Isabella, UMass - In three seasons at UMass, Andy Isabella has 129 receptions, 1,828 yards and 17 touchdowns. Isabella is also averaging 9.1 rushing yards on 29 attempts. The competition isn’t great, but Isabella is clearly one of the best playmakers you’ve probably never heard of.
19. Trevon Brown, East Carolina - Trevon Brown is a big play receiver who has 115 receptions and 19 of those have produced 25 or more yards. Brown has gotten better in each of his three seasons at ECU and is coming off a year in which he topped 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.
20. Hakeem Butler, Iowa State - At 6’6”, Hakeem Butler is going to get a lot of attention from NFL scouts, and he’s coming off a season in which he had 41 receptions, 697 yards and seven touchdowns. With Allen Lazard no longer on the team, Butler is going to be the first option on this Cyclones offense.
21. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma - As a freshman last season, CeeDee Lamb had 46 receptions for 807 yards and seven touchdowns. Lamb also had the passing touchdown to Mayfield in the game against Georgia. With more upper body strength, Lamb is going to be a problem for Big 12 defenses this season.
22. Felton Davis III, Michigan State - Felton Davis III was one of the few bright spots for Michigan State last season, as he had 55 receptions for 776 yards and nine touchdowns. Davis moved the chains on 70.9 percent of his receptions and can accomplish so much more with another season of Brian Lewerke at quarterback.
23. Tyler Johnson, Minnesota - Minnesota was 125th in the country last season with just 233 passing attempts. Tyler Johnson still managed to catch 35 balls for 677 yards and seven touchdowns. Maybe he’s good enough for the Golden Gophers to open up their offense a bit this season.
24. James Proche, SMU - In two seasons with SMU, James Proche has 97 receptions, 1,525 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. You have to think Proche is in for a true breakout season now that he’s the No. 1 option with Trey Quinn and Courtland Sutton gone.
25. Penny Hart, Georgia State - Penny Hart has only played two full seasons with Georgia State, but he’s topped 1,000 receiving yards both of those years and hauled in eight touchdowns apiece. At just 5’8”, Hart is possibly the best playmaker in all of the Sun Belt.