The SEC is stockpiled with receiving talent, but that should come to no one's surprise.
Unlike the team rankings, we decided to split up the wide receivers and tight ends. Remember, these rankings are based on season projections, skill level and body of work.
We sparked a lot of debate with the running backs Wednesday, so I image the receivers will get similar attention as well.
Here's what we came up with:
1. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, Jr.: It would be hard to find a better receiver than Jeffery in the league. He might not be the fastest or most explosive player out there, but his 6-foot-4, 233-pound frame makes him tough for any defender to cover. He was nearly impossible to contain in one-on-one situations last year, and he led the SEC with 88 receptions for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns.
2. Greg Childs, Arkansas, Sr.: Assuming he’s back to full health after his knee injury in 2010, Childs is the Razorbacks’ best option at receiver. He’s big, fast and tremendous after the catch. Before his season-ending injury during the eighth game of the season, Childs registered 46 catches for 659 yards and six touchdowns.
3. Marquis Maze, Alabama, Sr.: Maze is no Julio Jones, but he’s no slouch either. He’ll be the Crimson Tide’s top option at receiver this fall and caught 38 passes for 557 yards and three touchdowns last season. Maze has the speed to elude defenders and proved last year that he’s got the strength to shed tackles as well.
4. Joe Adams, Arkansas, Sr.: Adams made solid gains last year and was the Razorbacks’ leading receiver. He’s another physical wideout who is most dangerous after he catches the ball. Adams will man the slot and won’t be intimidated by making plays over the middle of the field.
5. Jarius Wright, Arkansas, Sr.: Another Arkansas receiver makes the list because this team thrives on the deep ball. Wright is the fastest of the Hogs’ wideouts. He proved as much when he ran a sub-4.3 40 during the offseason. Wright has the potential to move up on this list if he can continue to show he can regularly shake tackles.
6. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, Jr.: Bumphis should be higher on this list with the skill he possesses, but he’s yet to put it all together. Bumphis is extremely athletic and will lineup all over the field, but he’s got to be more consistent. Quarterback Chris Relf has improved his passing skills, so Bumphis will have plenty of opportunities to take his game to the next level.
7. Rueben Randle, LSU, Jr.: The Tigers have a lot of talent at the position and Randle could be the one who takes over as LSU’s top receiver. Last year, he caught 33 passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns and showed throughout the season that he can be a reliable playmaker in the offense. He’s talented enough to go across the middle and be a deep threat.
8. Justin Hunter, Tennessee, So.: Hunter only caught 16 passes in 2010, but seven of them went for touchdowns and he racked up more than 400 receiving yards. He’s certainly got a nose for the end zone and should be quarterback Tyler Bray’s top receiving option.
9. Tavarres King, Georgia, Jr.: He’s not A.J. Green, but he did a good job filling in for him at the flanker spot this spring. King not only had a solid spring, he is also no stranger to the offense, catching 27 passes for 504 yards last fall. He’s got some burning ability as well.
10. Emory Blake, Auburn, Jr.: If Auburn can find the right quarterback, Blake could move up this list. As a sophomore, he caught 33 passes for 554 yards and eight touchdowns. Blake also has the size to frustrate smaller corners around the league and should win more one-on-one battles.