SEC Football: Ranking The League's Receivers and Tight Ends

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

A Sea of Blue ranks the SEC's receivers and tight ends from top to bottom

SB Nation’s SEC blogs are ranking each major section of each football team via the SEC Power Poll. The comprehensive results will be published over at For Whom The Cowbell Tolls in the next day or two. Below are the rankings submitted by A Sea of Blue.

 

1.       Alabama.  Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White, Christian Jones, and OJ Howard all return. In fact, six of Bama's top eight receivers return. Filthy. Coker just needs to be decent and they'll put up big numbers.

2.       Auburn. Sammie Coates returns along with most of the rest of the receiver corps. Auburn also has former number one JUCO receiver D'haquille Williams. Nick Marshall's improvement witnessed in the spring game should match the improvement made by his receivers at least three of whom will play in the NFL.

3.       Texas A&M. Mike Evans who? A lot of talent returns. Malcome Kennedy and Ricky Seals-Jones is the next A&M receiver bound for the NFL's first round. Cameron Clear also returns.  I'm anxious to see how the highly-rated freshmen look i.e. Speedy Noil.

4.       Tennessee. Maybe too high when taking into account their youth, but I can't help but think based on pure talent none rival Marquez North or Josh Malone. Malone enrolled early so he should hit the ground faster than most freshmen. Pig Howard, Jason Croom, and Johnathon Johnson also return. UT has quality and quantity at the position.

5.       Ole Miss. Laquon Treadwell is arguably the best receiver in the SEC, and it sounds like Evan Engram is also healthy. Good targets for Dr. Bo along with veteran Vince Sanders.

6.       Georgia. Chris Conley is great and Michael Bennet has proven reliable. What could take this corps even higher is if Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley step up and stay healthy. If that's the case they could be a borderline top three receiver unit.

7.       LSU. Huge hit when Landry and Beckham left early for the NFL but LSU returns former blue chips Travin Dural and John Diarse with a year of experience. Toss in three of the very best prep receivers/tight end in the 2014 Class in Malachi Dupree, Trey Quinn, and Jacory Washington for seasoning and you got a good base roux.

8.       South Carolina. Should be a very solid receiver corps with Damiere Byrd, Pharoh Cooper, and Shaq Roland.

9.       MSU. Jameon Lewis is a dangerous weapon in space, and Malcom Johnson and Robert Johnson also return. Sophomore De'Runnya Wilson put up solid numbers last season as a freshman.

10.   Kentucky. Javess Blue and Ryan Timmons both acquitted themselves well in their first seasons, and will be heavily relied upon by the offense this season. After those two, Kentucky is hoping Alexander Montgomery, Jeff Badet, and Steven Borden (trivia fact: the son of wrestler Sting) produce after their second year in the system, especially Montgomery and Badet coming off injuries. Freshmen receivers will play due to depth, and two of them enrolled early.

11.   Florida. The receiver production increased last year compared to 2012, and while there is talent at the top there's not much hope for overall depth given recruiting misses the last few seasons. I think Demarcus Robinson is the man this season, but a more diversified aerial attack is a year away development-wise.

12.   Missouri. Lost DGB, L'Damian Washington, and Marcus Lucas. Of Missouri's 31 receiving touchdowns those three accounted for 48% of them. Bud Sasser and Jimmie Hunt come on down.

13.   Arkansas. Lost two of the top four receivers on a below average receiver unit. Hunter Henry and Keon Hatcher return, and a healthy Demetrius Wilson will help. A lot of underclassmen will play.

14.   Vanderbilt. One does not simply replace Jordan Matthews. And Jordan Krause graduated? Yikes. The unit will generally be young and unproven.

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