Top 5 Receivers in ACC
Ranking the Top 5 Receivers in the ACC
The ACC is known more for its offense than defense, and one of the reasons why is because there are so many talented and productive receivers in this league. The ACC has every type of receiver; anywhere from possession receivers to deep threats, to blocking receivers. There have been numerous receivers that have come out of this league and gone into the NFL recently. DeAndre "Nuk" Hopkins is a guy that left after his junior season a year ago when he had over 1400 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was opposite of Sammy Watkins and took advantage of all the passes that were thrown his way. He has some of the best hands a coach could ask for and he became a first round pick in April's draft. In week two Hopkins finished with 111 yards and the game-winning touchdown reception in overtime for the Texans.
Despite Hopkins' early departure there are still a lot of good receivers in the ACC and everyone on this list brings something different to the table. They are all the No. 1 receivers for their respected teams and have the ability to influence the outcome of the game in a gigantic way. All have great hands and are great competitors. Watching these receivers play over the years I have noticed that none of them ever take plays off. They are all willing to block just as much as run routes and catch touchdown passes. Some are game-changers on special teams as well making them more difficult to avoid if you are the opposite head coach. Here are the top 5 receivers in the ACC based on my judgment.
#5 Rashad Greene
Rashad Greene is a tall, athletic receiver who rarely drops a pass. He is the number one target for Jameis Winston on Florida State and had over 100 yards in the first game of the season against Pitt on national television.
#4 Alex Amidon
Alex Amidon is the go-to-guy for Chase Rettig at Boston College. Amidon has 20 catches on the team, while the closest man only has 7 receptions. He is what a lot of people like to call a possession receiver due to the fact that he has great hands. However, he can make a cornerback look stupid and slow if the defender is not careful, because he has underrated breakaway speed.
#3 Michael Campanaro
Wake Forest is not a very good football team as we have seen so far this season. However they have probably the most productive receiver in the league in Michael Campanaro. He seems like he has been at Wake Forest forever and has 263 yards through the first three games this year.
#2 Stefon Diggs
Stefon Diggs is the best receiver in the country that no one knows about. He has great ball skills and has speed that rivals a track-star. He is also a threat in the return game as he can change a game on a dime. Diggs finally has a healthy quarterback throwing him the football this year, and is a big reason why Maryland is off to a 3-0 start.
#1 Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins may be the best receiver in the entire country. He is a physically gifted player and has a great upside. The good thing about Watkins is that he lives up to his potential and does everything right. His role on special teams has been more limited the past two seasons, but he has put on more muscle weight and improved his cuts and route-running. Watkins could easily end up being a first-team All American receiver again this season.