Last season, Florida was lacking a little in the receiving department.
Trying to replace Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy is no easy feat. But the Gators simply didn't have enough playmakers step up.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez was Tim Tebow's safety valve. He filled the void in a huge way with 68 catches.
Riley Cooper was Tebow's favorite target. So much so that people claimed Tebow didn't look at other receivers a majority of the time.
Cooper had a very good season with 51 catches for 961 yards and nine touchdowns. He was a solid deep threat, but it seemed that he had a lot of crucial drops in the end zone last year.
But, without Cooper's production, the wide receiver corps would have looked atrocious.
David Nelson never lived up to the expectations placed on his talent and 6'5" frame. He finished his senior year with a disappointing 25 catches for 291 yards.
Deonte Thompson was equally disappointing, as he was expected to take his game to the next level last season.
Of course, Thompson was largely ignored many times last year, a big factor in his disappointing season.
Luckily for Gators fans, this year should be the beginning of a new era for the wide receiver position.
Florida stockpiled a bare cupboard, and the future looks very bright.
The only question may be how quickly these players develop.
I have a feeling under fairly new wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, these receivers will blossom very quickly.
Here is a look at each receiver who could make an impact, with quick prediction tidbits from me.
Remember, with John Brantley running the offense, this could be a pass-heavy unit.
And, as you probably already know, there are a lot of options in this passing game. So some of these guys may get lost in the shuffle. But why not get to know them anyway?
Prepare for lots of excitement.
I start with Hammond for the obvious reason: After his DUI arrest, his future is in question.
Hammond was suspended from team activities after the arrest, but it is unclear how that will affect his playing time in 2010.
The 5'11", 178 lb redshirt sophomore had a lot of potential coming into this season.
Many people expected Hammond to see some quality playing time this season. He certainly had a leg up on many players for the job.
If this was last season, then Hammond's future might not be in such great jeopardy.
Unfortunately, with such a loaded receiving corps, Hammond might just have shot himself in the foot and put himself out of a job.
He will certainly have to work very hard to earn his spot and Urban Meyer's trust back.
And that is assuming he gets that opportunity. That might be a big if.
Prediction: Hammond may play in a few games this season.
But I foresee his arrest sending him to the bottom of the depth chart, a hole that he might not be able to climb out of.
Next, we will look at a few players who may capitalize on this depth chart opening.
Dunbar is the first in a slew of talented freshmen on this list.
There is a very good chance that Dunbar could be redshirted this season.
It doesn't appear that the Gators plan on rushing him into the lineup anytime soon.
As you will see with many guys on this list, redshirting receivers is a common thing at Florida. So don't be surprised if a lot of these guys do.
But he certainly has the potential. If he develops that potential quickly, he could definitely find some playing time this season.
The 6'2", 175 lb Dunbar certainly has the height to play at the next level. He just might need a little time in the weight room (What freshman doesn't?).
Dunbar is said to have good top-end speed and the agility to quickly change directions.
You have to like the sound of that.
He was ranked the No. 42 wide receiver in last year's class by ESPN U.
Prediction: As previously mentioned, I think Dunbar will probably redshirt this season.
With all the talent at the position, there really is no reason not to.
That should give him a solid year in the weight room to prepare for next year.
Clark played cornerback in high school, so the Florida coaches might take their time in letting him adjust to receiver.
The 5'9", 160 lb freshman is going to be one of those shifty receivers that tries to fake out the defense.
One of his biggest strengths was his explosiveness with the ball on interception returns.
So naturally, why not put him on offense?
I see Clark as a very interesting player, the kind that can make things happen at the collegiate level.
Prediction: Clark may see a redshirt as well this season.
If he does see playing time, I feel that it will be as a fourth option.
He may get a few chances to just catch the ball and make things happen.
The reason Clark will probably redshirt is Patton.
They are very similar players. But at this point, I feel Patton is more ready for the college game.
He comes in at 5'8", 171 lb.
That may seem small (and it is), but Patton also runs a 4.40 40-yard dash.
He will quickly become a fan favorite once he catches a few balls and makes things happen.
Patton was ranked the No. 17 wide receiver in this year's class by ESPN U. And he spurned his home state Alabama to come to Florida, so that is also a plus.
Prediction: I see Patton getting some playing time this season and making a few plays.
Nothing huge, but I have a feeling you will see some potential in a few of his bursts.
Alli enrolled at Florida a year early last season to get acclimated to the college game.
He was (and is) very raw, but he has one thing you can't teach: height.
Alli comes in at 6'5" and weighs 214 pounds. That alone makes him a very intriguing player for the Gators this season and down the road.
It is a very similar situation to David Nelson. So it will be interesting to see how this one pans out in the coming years.
A year in the weight room has already started to pay dividends for Alli, who came to Florida weighing 205.
I think he still needs another year before he starts to make an impact on the field.
But he has the size that few people will be able to stop.
Prediction: Alli will see a solid amount of playing time this season, as the Gators look to develop this tree of a wide receiver.
I see him possibly catching a few touchdown passes in fade situations and maybe making a few plays elsewhere.
The playing time will pay off for next year, though.
Coxson was one of the last additions to Florida's incredible recruiting class this offseason.
Originally a commitment to Penn State, the Baltimore native was certainly a nice addition. He was ranked the No. 16 wide receiver in this class by ESPN U.
Coxson brings size (6'1", 190 lb) and speed (4.50) to the table.
I see him being a strong, catch-the-ball in traffic type receiver with the ability to break any play wide open.
Last season, Coxson played quarterback for his school because nobody else could play the position.
His coach said that he broke multiple plays for 60- and 70-yard touchdowns.
Prediction: I think Coxson has all the tools to be an impact player at this level.
He is probably in the mold of a No. 1 receiver, so the Gators may develop him slowly.
They may even redshirt him this season (You haven't heard that one before, have you?).
I think down the road, he will be a force in college.
With such a young receiving corps, Williams could see some playing time as a senior leader of sorts for Florida.
The 6'0", 205 lb Williams has solid size for a receiver.
While all of the aforementioned young guns have the ability to step in and become dynamic playmakers, Williams may be the steady hand that the coaches are looking for.
Of all the players, Williams and the next guy on the list are the most likely beneficiaries if Hammond does indeed drop down (or off) the depth chart.
Last season, Williams had six catches for two touchdowns.
Prediction: I don't see Williams dominating by any means.
But I do see him having an impact on the Gators.
I say he gets a bit more action than last season, maybe to the tune of 15-20 catches and a few touchdowns.
Most importantly, he is a senior influence for this young group. You can't discount the importance of that.
Lawrence may see a decent amount of playing time for the Gators this season.
He has the size at 6'1" and 193 lb.
He also has the playmaking ability and was described as an electrifying playmaker coming out of high school.
Lawrence was the No. 10 ranked wide receiver in the 2008 class by ESPN U.
Florida's coaches have certainly taken their time developing Lawrence. It's a move that might finally see dividends this season.
He saw the majority of his playing time last year on the kickoff return team, and you know how Urban Meyer loves his special teamers.
Prediction: I see good things out of Lawrence this season.
He isn't going to blow anyone away with his numbers, but I see this as a stepping-stone season for next year.
He will probably put up a similar line of around 15-20 catches to go with a few touchdowns.
Dunkley is the crown jewel of this receiving class. He comes in ranked the No. 7 wide receiver in his class by ESPN U.
He has decent size at 5'11", 170 lb.
Dunkley has the potential to develop into an elite playmaker at Florida. He could probably make an impact from anywhere on the field for the Gators.
The only thing holding him back is that he didn't enroll early, so it may take a little time before he sees the field.
But when he does, you will certainly be happy this guy is donning the Orange and Blue.
Prediction: I see Dunkley getting the most playing time of any freshman.
He won't have a huge season, but he will make some plays and score a pair of touchdowns.
This is the start of good things to come.
Moore has largely been a disappointment ever since he transferred to Florida as a five-star JUCO recruit.
He has been held back by injuries and just an overall lack of production on the field.
This is the time when you say that this is his year to break out.
Unfortunately, I don't know if he has it in him.
I do see him playing a large role in the offense, probably similar to the one David Nelson played last season.
Moore certainly has the size to succeed at 6'3", 222 lb. So did Nelson, and he wasn't able to put it all together by the time he left Florida.
He will see plenty of playing time and have plenty of opportunity, but he won't wow you with his impact.
Prediction: Moore will have a solid season.
He won't live up to his early expectations, but he will make Gators fans happy that he is on the team.
The most important thing is that he does not have to have that huge impact.
He will do just enough to keep defenses honest. I say 30 catches and four scores. A more noticeable impact than Nelson last season.
If Moore is this year's Nelson, then Hines is this year's Thompson.
He comes into this season with all the opportunity in the world to make things happen.
I see him capitalizing on that opportunity this season.
Unlike Thompson, word is that Hines is one of Brantley's favorite targets. As mentioned in many places, people felt Thompson was largely ignored in the offense last season.
Hines and Brantley formed a great rapport in practice together last season. I see that paying huge dividends on the field.
He has a very strong build at 6'0" and 219 lb.
He won't be the top option for the Gators' offense this year. But he will be the guy Brantley looks to when he needs help.
Prediction: Hines will have a very good year for Florida this year.
Although he isn't the top guy, he will put up numbers that suggest that in a spread-it-around offense.
I see him catching 40+ and hauling in at least four scores.
It may be a little optimistic, but I have a good feeling about Hines this season.
Florida fans have been waiting for Debose since Harvin left for the pros.
Unfortunately, a hamstring injury forced the 5'11", 183 lb receiver to redshirt last season.
The Gators were left scrambling for options to fill the Percy Position all last season, to no avail.
The biggest question is whether Debose will be fully healthy this season.
If he is, then watch out.
Debose isn't Percy Harvin, but no one is.
He will help fill a huge void that Florida could not fill last season.
Debose's debut will be highly anticipated in the fall, and you won't be disappointed.
He will show why he was the No. 2 wide receiver in last year's class.
Prediction: Assuming that Debose enters the season at 100 percent, I think he is going to be absolutely dynamite for Florida.
With the amount of weapons at Brantley's disposal, the Gators will be able to rest Debose a lot. This will maximize his effectiveness.
I don't see him getting a ton of touches for that reason. But I do see him making them count.
I say he gets at least six or seven touchdowns through various methods.
Rainey has the potential to be an absolutely devastating weapon for Florida this year.
With Debose relieving Rainey at times, both players will be fresh all season long.
The 5'9", 175 lb Rainey showed his potential in the Sugar Bowl last season, when the Gators moved him to the slot.
I'm sure he will also see a decent share of handoffs, similar to when Harvin was in town.
I'm not saying Rainey will match Harvin's output, but I think he will show some flashes of that capability.
I think Florida is finally going to see Rainey maximize his potential this season, as the coaches finally know what to do with him.
Prediction: I see Rainey getting more touches and yards than Debose, with perhaps a slightly higher touchdown production.
He is going to make a name for himself this season as one of the more dangerous weapons in college football.
It's another gut feeling, but that's what predictions are for.
This is Thompson's time to shine.
He went through growing pains of taking over a big role last season.
Word on the street was that Tebow didn't look his way enough.
This season, there are no excuses.
I don't think Thompson will need any.
The 5'11", 203 lb receiver will be solid as the top receiver for Florida this season.
He will have plenty of weapons around him to take the pressure off, and I think that is just what he needs.
He won't put up incredible numbers, but you shouldn't expect him to with the ball being spread around so much.
Prediction: Thompson will grab around 50 or 60 balls this season and at least seven touchdowns.
He's probably not going to win the Biletnikoff or anything like that, but like I said, he won't have to.
Thompson will lead a very deep receiving corps that has a very bright future.
I based many of these predictions off last year's numbers. So you can probably expand them a little bit with Brantley at the helm.
Expect this to be a very fun group of receivers to watch.
Defenses won't know where the ball is going, a stark contrast from last year.
You certainly won't be disappointed.
With these guys spreading out, let the fireworks begin.