The success rate isn't high for receivers coming out of the SEC, but there are a few exceptions. This includes Pro Bowl selections, franchise record-setters and several NFL champions. There is even a receiver among those on this list who some consider to be the greatest ever.
The conference is known for physical defensive play and hard-nosed runners, while receivers tend to take a back seat. Some receivers represented their conference well, though, bucking that trend. We are now seeing promising receivers such as Julio Jones and A.J. Green step up, but there are a few who came before them and have already made their mark.
Mike Wallace, Ole Miss
Wallace is one of the most explosive receivers in the league. He has taken 32 of his 235 receptions for touchdowns and is averaging 17.2 yards per reception in his career. Now that he is being paid like a No. 1 receiver by the Miami Dolphins, he will have a chance to emerge as an elite wide receiver.
Julio Jones, Alabama
Jones has emerged as a top-tier receiver in just two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He has caught 133 passes for 2,157 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has the opportunity to become really special if he can continue on this pace.
Dwayne Bowe, LSU
Bowe has the skill set to become one of the best receivers in the league, but he has been held back by poor quarterback play in Kansas City. He has 415 receptions for 5,728 yards and 39 touchdowns in six seasons. He still needs to be more consistent, but that shouldn't be a problem with Alex Smith now on the team.
A.J. Green, Georgia
Much like Jones, Green is another receiver who has made a name for himself in just two short seasons. He has 162 receptions for 2,407 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and has become an elite offensive weapon.
Steve Johnson, Kentucky
Johnson is finally coming into his own after five seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Although he hasn't been selected to the Pro Bowl or won any awards, he has caught at least 76 passes in three straight seasons and has 25 touchdown receptions in his career. This is a receiver to keep an eye on.
Randall Cobb, Kentucky
Cobb is an emerging superstar with elite athleticism and speed. He is an x-factor on special teams and caught 80 passes for 954 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He is an all-purpose player who can continue to climb the charts as long as he can continue to find ways to produce.
Eric Moulds had the talent to put together a Hall of Fame career, but he played on some God-awful Buffalo Bills teams. He played in only four postseason games in his 12-year career and every one of them was a first-round matchup.
Despite his team's shortcomings, Moulds hauled in 764 receptions for 9,995 yards and 49 touchdowns. He led the AFC in 1998 with 1,368 yards, just one of his four seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards. In 2002, Moulds also became the first Buffalo Bill to finish a season with 100 receptions.
He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time All-Pro and is a member of the Buffalo Bills 50th anniversary team.
Wes Chandler was a terrific player for the Florida Gators, and he had little trouble making the transition to the NFL. He played 11 seasons in the league and was most productive during his seven years with the San Diego Chargers.
Chandler was an all-purpose player who caught passes, ran the ball and contributed on special teams. In 1982, he led the league with 1,032 receiving yards and set the NFL record by averaging 129 yards per game. He finished his career with 559 receptions, 8,966 receiving yards and 56 touchdowns.
Chandler was a four-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time All-Pro and is a member of the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.
All Nat Moore did was catch touchdowns. He only had 510 receptions but 74 of them crossed the end-zone. He is ranked 30th all-time in receiving touchdowns.
Moore spent all of his 13 NFL seasons with the Miami Dolphins. His career totals in receptions, touchdowns and receiving yards rewrote the franchise's record book and helped the Dolphins reach the playoffs eight times. Moore was considered the favorite target of quarterbacks Bob Griese and Dan Marino.
He was a Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro in 1977, the year he led the league with 12 touchdown receptions.
Stanley Morgan is one of the flashiest players in NFL history. He went over 1,000 yards twice in his career with only 44 receptions. He led the NFL three consecutive seasons (1979-81), averaging more than 22 yards per catch. He averaged more than 20 yards per reception in each of his first six seasons.
Morgan was faster than everybody else and was a threat to score after the catch. He played 14 years in the league, 13 of which were with the New England Patriots. He finished his career with 557 receptions for 10,716 receiving yards and 72 touchdowns. His career average of 19.2 yards per reception ranks 17th all-time in NFL history.
Morgan was a four-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time All-Pro and is a member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.
There are few receivers in NFL history tougher than Hines Ward. Although he wasn't big at 6'0", he wasn't afraid to lay a defender out on a block or get in somebody's face. Ward was somebody who gave it his all on every play.
That relentless attitude helped him produce 1,000 receptions, 12,083 receiving yards and 85 touchdowns in his 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is eighth all-time in receptions, 19th in receiving yards and 13th in receiving touchdowns. It is safe to say that he will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Ward is arguably the best receiver in Pittsburgh Steelers history. He was also a four-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time second-team All-Pro and a two-time Super Bowl champion.
The argument will continue whether Jerry Rice or Don Hutson is the greatest receiver of all-time. Whichever side of the fence you are on, Hutson is easily one of the best to ever do it.
Hutson played 11 seasons with the Green Bay Packers in a time where throwing the ball was a rarity. He still hauled in 488 receptions for 7,991 yards and 99 touchdowns. His career touchdown total is a Green Bay record. He also holds an NFL record for leading the league in touchdown receptions for nine seasons.
Hutson dominated his era (1935-45) and helped change the game forever.
He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time NFL champion. He is also a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963. His No. 14 was retired by the Packers.