We've spent the last two days perfectly ranking position groups in the SEC. We started with the quarterbacks on Monday and moved to running backs on Tuesday. Today, we are checking in on the wide receiver/tight end groups.
Here's how we broke it down:
1. Ole Miss: It was hard to find a team with better depth. The Rebels had an SEC-high six pass-catchers rank in the top 50 of the SEC in receiving, including the league's best in Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell, a future first-round draft pick, led the SEC with 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. Receivers Cody Core, Quincy Adeboyejo and Damore'ea Stringfellow combined to catch 111 passes for 1,751 yards and 16 more touchdowns. Evan Engram ranked third among SEC tight ends with 464 yards on 38 catches.
2. Alabama: Right behind Treadwell was freshman Calvin Ridley, who set the Alabama single-season freshman receiving record with 1,045 yards on an SEC-high 89 receptions. Sophomore ArDarius Stewart caught 63 passes for 700 yards and four touchdowns. Oregon State transfer Richard Mullaney had 390 yards and five touchdowns. Tight end O.J. Howard broke out in the national title game but was second among SEC tight ends with 602 yards and two scores.
3. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs had arguably the league's best one-two punches in Fred Ross and De'Runnya Wilson, who combined to catch 148 passes for 1,925 yards and 15 touchdowns. Ten of those scores came from Wilson. While the Bulldogs didn't have another receiver catch at least 30 passes, Fred Brown and Donald Gray combined for 798 yards and five touchdowns.
4. Texas A&M: Freshman Christian Kirk was one of the league's most exciting players. He was third in the SEC with 1,009 yards and had seven touchdowns, but also had 726 return yards and two touchdowns. Josh Reynolds added 907 yards and Ricky Seals-Jones caught 45 passes for 560 yards and four touchdowns. Embattled sophomore Speedy Noil added 21 receptions.
5. Arkansas: The Razorbacks' revamped passing game had plenty of help with pleasant surprise Drew Morgan registering a team-high 843 yards and 10 touchdowns, which is tied for second in the SEC. Right behind him was John Mackey Award-winning tight end Hunter Henry, who caught 51 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns. Receivers Dominique Reed and Jared Cornelius, along with tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, all ranked in the top 40 in the SEC in receiving.
6. Florida: Quarterback play wasn't strong down the stretch, but the Gators actually had five pass-catchers rank inside the top 50 of the SEC. Freshman Antonio Callaway led Florida with 678 yards and four touchdowns while returning two punts for touchdowns. Demarcus Robinson was second with 522 yards and led the team with 48 catches. Converted receiver Brandon Powell added another 390 yards and three touchdowns, while tight end Jake McGee caught 41 passes for 381 and four touchdowns.
7. LSU: The play of quarterback Brandon Harris hindered his receivers' production, but there's no doubt the Tigers have impressive receiver talent. Sophomore Malachi Dupre led the team with 698 yards and six touchdowns, while deep threat Travin Dural caught 28 passes for 533 yards and three scores. After that, the Tigers got very little receiver production, as Tyron Johnson caught nine passes for 150 yards and John Diarse caught 13 passes for just 137 yards.
8. Kentucky: Even with consistency issues on offense, the Wildcats still had two receivers -- Garrett Johnson and Dorian Baker -- who ranked inside the top 20 of the SEC in receiving. Johnson led Kentucky with 694 yards, while Baker had 608. They combined for five touchdowns. Fellow sophomore Jeff Badet caught another 29 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman tight end C.J. Conrad could blossom into a solid player.
9. Tennessee: Top receivers Von Pearson and Josh Malone combined to catch 69 passes for 814 yards and five touchdowns. Receiver Josh Smith and tight end Ethan Wolf both registered a little more than 300 receiving yards and the Volunteers lost the services of Marquez North for most of the season because of injury. Tennessee had just two individual 100-yard receiving performances.
10. South Carolina: All-purpose star Pharoh Cooper was the Gamecocks' top offensive weapon despite up-and-down quarterback play. He caught 66 passes for 973 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 111 rushing yards and a passing touchdown. Tight end Jerell Adams was the second-best receiving target, snagging 28 catches for 421 yards and three scores. After that, no other pass-catcher had more than 12 catches.
11. Georgia: Senior Malcolm Mitchell was the go-to receiver all season, catching a team-high 58 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns. But after that, there was a substantial drop off. Terry Godwin caught 35 passes for 379 yards and two touchdowns. Next was tight end Jeb Blazevich, who caught 15 passes. Receivers Reggie Davis and Isaiah McKenzie combined for just 22 receptions.
12. Auburn: Talented receiver Duke Williams was dismissed in early October, and a bad quarterback rotation really hurt this unit. Ricardo Louis caught 46 passes for 716 yards and three touchdowns. He was the only player to register at least 280 receiving yards. The next closest receiver was Melvin Ray, who only caught 20 passes for 279 yards. Marcus Davis caught 30 passes for just 181 yards.
13. Vanderbilt: The Commodores had just two receivers ranked in the top 50 of the SEC, but sophomore Trent Sherfield was a pleasant surprise, registering 659 yards and three touchdowns on 51 catches. Fellow sophomore Caleb Scott caught 24 passes for 339 yards and two more scores. Losing C.J. Duncan early and inconsistencies at quarterback stunted the growth of this entire unit, as Vandy had just three more pass-catchers reach double-digit catches.
14. Missouri: Poor play between two quarterbacks and inexperience at receiver made this a less-than-formidable position for the Tigers. Only J'Mon Moore and Nate Brown hit the 300-yard mark, but neither hit 400 yards. No Tiger had a 100-yard receiving game, as Moore's 74 yards in the opener against Southeast Missouri State was the best performance by a Mizzou pass-catcher all season.