Top 20 Wide-Receivers in the Country
Where did Georgia Bulldogs Tavarres King rank on our list?
We are heading into week ten of the 2012 College Football season, which means we have had plenty of time to eyeball and conclude which players have been the best in the country. You know I love to feature wide-receivers, so that is who we will be focusing on today.
I have said it before and I will say it again. If I were not a 5'11, 165-pound white boy with German heritage, I would surely be a 6'5, 195-pound African American man-child. I would be representing Detroit, Michigan and have huge hands and effortless speed. With these tools, I would be one of the best wide-receivers in the country. My NFL draft stock would be high and I would end up playing on Sundays pleasing millions of fantasy owners every week.
In reality though, I am just merely assessing these monsters, and have come up with a Top 20 list to feature them.
Many factors came into play when compiling this list of players. Stats, team success, future NFL potential, and "wow" factor. These guys will likely be playing football for years to come, as they are the cream of the crop in the college football world when it comes to wide-outs.
Although Ohio State Buckeyes receiver Devin Smith didn't make my list, he is featured in the video below making a filthy grab. This is the catch of the season in my opinion. There still plenty of time left for someone to top it though.
For your viewing pleasure, check out the Devin Smith catch below and then hit "Next" to start the show.
#20 Cordarrelle Patterson
The Tennessee Volunteers have a nice duo at the wide-receiver position, the first of the two being junior Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson has good size at 6'3, 205 pounds, and is averaging over 16 yards-per-catch.
Just last week, Patterson caught 9 balls for 219 yards with a touchdown in their win over the Troy Trojans. On the year, he has 36 receptions for 585 yards with 4 touchdowns.
#19 Brandin Cooks
Brandin Cooks has been a pivotal part of the success that the Oregon State Beavers have had this year. The Beavers are 7-1, and have been one of the biggest surprise success stories of the year.
Cooks, 5'10, 179-pounds, has 50 receptions for 906 yards and 4 touchdowns this season and has been consistent. The sophomore has five or more catches in all but one game this year. He torched the UCLA Bruins for 175 yard and a touchdown earlier this season.
#18 Stefon Diggs
Stefon Diggs is a true freshman, and is still one of the best wide-receivers in the country. It has been an injury plagued year for the Maryland Terrapins, yet Diggs has still been productive. Unfortunately for Diggs, he too is now injured and will be sidelined for at least a week with an ankle injury.
Regardless of his injury, Diggs deserves to make this list. He has 43 receptions for 721 yards with 6 touchdowns. The freshman has gone over the 100 yard mark twice this season, and averages nearly 17 yards-per-catch.
#17 Markus Wheaton
Along with Brandin Cooks, Markus Wheaton has contributed the rest of the receiving production for the Oregon State Beavers. Wheaton, a 6'1, 180-pound senior from Chandler,Arizona has found the end-zone 8 times this year, while piling up 787 yards.
His best performance came in his hometown state when he crushed the Arizona Wildcats for 10 receptions, 166 yards and 2 touchdowns.
#16 Chad Bumphis
Chad Bumphis is one of the best wide-receivers in the SEC. That alone will land you on this list. Bumphis, a senior, has 34 receptions for 536 yards and leads the conference in touchdown receptions with 7.
Although this Mississippi State Bulldogs receiver is only 5'11, he is 200 pounds and enjoys spending time in the weight-room.
#15 Titus Davis
The Central Michigan Chippewas perhaps have one of the best kept secrets in college football. Titus Davis has been impressive this year, and he is still only a sophomore. At 6'2, 185-pounds, Davis has nice size and speed and is crushing the MAC.
The Wheaton, Illinois native has 40 receptions for 831 yards with 8 touchdowns this year and is coming off a 208 yard performance last week in a losing effort to the Western Michigan Broncos. With 8 touchdowns in his last 7 games, this kid's stock is surely rising.
#14 Austin Franklin
Although the New Mexico State Aggies are a terrible football team, Austin Franklin has been their workhorse. The 6'2, 180-pound sophomore has 64 receptions for 1119 yards with 9 touchdowns this year. Workhorse!
Yes, I understand the Aggies are 1-8, but Franklin's numbers are ridiculously good. The kid is averaging 124 receiving yards-per-game!
#13 Brent Leonard
Brent Leonard helped lead the Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks to one of the most surprising upsets of the season when they beat the Arkansas Razorbacks back in week one. Leonard had 11 receptions for 112 yards with a touchdown in the 34-31 overtime thriller.
On the year, the senior has 62 receptions for 851 yards with 8 touchdowns. He also put up four touchdowns against South Alabama three weeks ago. Ouch.
#12 Eric Ward
Eric Ward had a nice sophomore season and is following it up with another good year this season. The 6'1, 205-pound junior has been the go-to target for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Ward has 49 receptions for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 11 touchdowns. Finding the end-zone is no fluke for this man.
#11 Stedman Bailey
Stedman Bailey was one of the beneficiaries of Geno Smith's ridiculously good start to the 2012 season. Bailey has 61 receptions for 830 yards with 15 touchdowns! Yes, 15 touchdowns is leading the country in that category.
At 5'10, 185-pounds, Bailey is a great route-runner and has great vision. Size doesn't matter when you get open as easy as Bailey does.
Although the West Virginia Mountaineers have slipped up, their offense is still scary good. You may see another Mountaineer before this list is over.
#10 Quinton Patton
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs receiver Quinton Patton has NFL size, NFL stats, and NFL potential. At 6'2, 195-pounds, Patton has been amazing these last two seasons for the Bulldogs.
After compiling 1202 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, Patton already has 75 receptions for 1000 yards and 11 more touchdowns this year.
The Bulldogs are 8-1, and Patton had 21 receptions for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns in the one loss to the Texas A&M Aggies. This senior is a big time player. Just look at the picture above at this kid trying to pull him down. Not happening!
#9 DeAndre Hopkins
The Clemson Tigers have one of the more explosive offenses in the country and much can be attributed to wide-receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins, 6'1, 200-pounds, is having his best season yet as a Tiger.
On the year, the junior has 62 receptions for 1037 yards with 13 touchdowns. Did I mention he has two, three touchdown games?
#8 Justin Hunter
Who doesn't love a wide-receiver who is tall and go can up and catch a ball above defenders? Tennessee Volunteers receiver Justin Hunter does just that.
At 6'4, 200-pounds, Hunter is a difficult match-up for any corner-back. The junior has 56 receptions for 838 yards with 7 touchdowns. Although Tennessee has been terrible this season, Smith has an NFL body and I see potential in this kid.
Hunter is also striking a nice touchdown celebration in the picture above.
#7 Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen has NFL written all over him. Although Allen is currently out with a knee injury, his future potential lands him this high on my list.
As a sophomore, Allen had 1343 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns, heightening his expectations coming into this year.
The 6'3, 210-pound junior leads the California Golden Bears in all receiving categories. With 61 receptions for 737 yards and 6 touchdowns, Allen was on pace to have another big year before this knee injury. Hopefully it's nothing serious.
#6 Davante Adams
Davante Adams is surprisingly under the radar when it comes to the best wide-receivers in the country. The Fresno State Bulldogs score tons of points, and Adams is generally the man doing it.
The 6'2, 200-pound Palo Alto, California native is near the top of all receiving stat categories in the country. He has 71 receptions for 907 yards with 10 touchdowns. These are healthy numbers for not only a freshman, but a senior. Adams is man amongst boys and he is still a freshman.
I'll be honest, I moved him up a rank because of the mean stiff-arm he is giving in the picture above.
#5 Tavarres King
Tavarres King from the Georgia Bulldogs is another one of those guys with a high ceiling to be a good NFL receiver. At 6'1, 200-pounds, King has an NFL body and has effortless speed.
With only 27 receptions on the year, King isn't necessarily a possession receiver. He is more of a red-zone threat, and deep threat.
King's career numbers include over 2200 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. This kid will find an NFL roster soon.
#4 Robert Woods
The USC Trojans have been lucky to have the Matt Barkley, Robert Woods connection going over the last three years. Woods is one of the best route-runners in the country, and will be a good receiver in the NFL.
His career number say it all: 235 receptions for 2740 yards with 31 touchdowns. He is also a great return man for the special teams. Enjoy watching the rest of the Barkley/Woods connection while we have it for the rest of the year.
#3 Marqise Lee-USC
Marqise Lee is the other half of Matt Barkley's arsenal. Lee is only a sophomore, yet he is having one of the best receiving seasons we have seen in some time.
Lee is following up an impressive freshman campaign with a filthy good sophomore season. As a freshman, Lee had 1143 yards with 11 touchdowns. This year, he already has 1286 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns!
The 6'1, 195-pound Inglewood, California native also broke a Pac 12 record for receiving yards in a game when he went off for 345 yards against Arizona.
Add 677 kick-return yards with a touchdown, and Lee is on pace to win the Biletnikoff Award given to the league's best receiver.
#2 Tavon Austin
Tavon Austin is explosive! When commentators say a player has potential to hit a "home-run play" they are referring to what Austin can do whenever he has the rock in his hands.
The 5'9, 175-pound senior reminds me a lot of Percy Harvin. Both have lightning speed, and both are obnoxiously strong for their size.
Austin has over 3000 receiving yards in his career and 34 total touchdowns. If this kid can add some weight, I expect him be a great NFL receiver and return man.
#1 Terrance Williams
The Baylor Bears may be the proud owners of the best receiver in the country in Terrance Williams. The senior from Dallas, Texas is going to be a first round NFL draft pick after this season. Take that to the bank.
He leads the nation in receiving yards with 1340, and has found the end-zone 10 times. Williams is one of the better run-blocking wide-outs in the country, and is already NFL polished.
Just ask the West Virginia Mountaineers how they feel about Terrance Williams. The 6'2, 205-pound beast lit them up for 17 receptions, 314 yards and 2 touchdowns!
Honorable Mentions: Sammy Watkins, Amari Cooper, Kenny Bell