The SEC has long been known for strong defense and the power running game. 2013 will not do anything to dispel that notion. However, at the same time, the mindset of the coaches is changing quickly. Gone are the days that all of your best athletes are put on defense while the offense just pounds the ball on the ground.
More and more, the bright, offensive-minded coaches are getting the vacant SEC jobs and passing and receiving records are being shattered each season.
Heading into the 2013 season, the SEC will be without several dynamic wide receivers who have departed to the NFL draft or graduated, including Cobi Hamilton of the University of Arkansas (Cincinnati Bengals), Justin Hunter (Tennessee Titans) and Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota Vikings) of the University of Tennessee, Tavarres King of the University of Georgia (Denver Broncos) and Ryan Swope of Texas A&M (Arizona Cardinals).
Seven of the top 11 leaders in receiving yards will not be returning to the SEC next season. Don't think for a moment, however, that there is a lack of talent returning to the SEC next season. Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt University), Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Amari Cooper (University of Alabama), Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss Rebels) and Chris Boyd (Vanderbilt University) all registered over 750 yards receiving last season.
When this top-five list was completed, there were several solid wide receivers that landed on the cutting room floor. This list might alter dramatically during the fall practice sessions, with new recruits arriving on campus and new offensive systems being put into place.
For example, will new SEC head coaches Gus Malzahn and Bret Bielema be able to leave an offensive imprint in their first years in the SEC?
Who will emerge as the No.1 receiver at Georgia, Malcolm Mitchell or Michael Bennett? Will Dorial Green-Beckham continue the hot streak he had at the end of 2012? Will Zach Mettenberger improve enough to make the LSU wide receivers dangerous?
However, as of now, you can view Dr. SEC’s video of the top five wide receivers heading into fall practice, based on their body of work and overall potential, by clicking play on the video link.
Also, during the course of the next three weeks, I will be releasing a top-five ranking video for every position. We will be posting the links here on Bleacher Report and on my personal website (drsec.org).
So click on the link now and find out who made No. 1 on the list. Disagree? I invite you to post your list in the comments section. Who do you think is No.1 heading into the fall and who will be No. 1 at the end of the season?