Georgia is losing its top two receivers from 2010, one of which being top NFL prospect A.J. Green, who declared for the NFL draft today, a year early, and graduate Kris Durham. As we look to the future at the wide receiver position in 2011, two current players jump out at me: Marlon Brown and Tavarres King.
Brown, a former five star wide receiver from Tennessee and Scout.com’s No. 2 wide receiver in 2009, has only racked up 13 career receptions with a single touchdown, and some fans have considered him a letdown thus far. The one thing he brings that none of the receivers possess, however, is a bulky 6’5” frame.
Brown has good speed to go along with that size, and is going to have to instantly reach his potential this year for the Georgia passing to keep consistent in 2011. Brown’s size can help him fit right into the Durham-role of being Murray’s favorite target on those third and longs.
Brown’s athletic ability should allow him to also do some of the screen passes that allowed Green to show off his special abilities this past year, as Brown’s great size also brings strength that will make him tough to tackle against smaller cornerbacks.
Brown’s speed is also an improvement over what Durham brought last year, making him a guy that may make more yards after the catch in comparison with Durham.
King, one year removed from piling up the second most receiving yardage for Georgia in 2009, should now step into the number one wide receiver role. He saw his numbers increase from the 2009 season, but it doesn’t seem like it with the way Durham and Green played all year.
King possesses good size and very good burst, shown a good amount in 2009 as then quarterback Joe Cox loved to go him on the streak routes on first downs to get a big gain. King has also shown no fear in his times to catch passes over the middle. King doesn’t have as much potential as Brown to fill Green’s role, but he may be more likely.
Both guys may be playing second and third fiddle to Orlson Charles, who the coaches finally got into their game plans late in the year, including a career performance in the Georgia comeback against Florida. Charles has a good connection with Aaron Murray, his high school teammate and Georgia quarterback, to go along with fantastic size and athletic ability for the tight end position.
Brown and King are going to have to take pressure off of Charles though, and must be able to make plays for Murray if Georgia is to improve on their 6-7 record from 2010. Both have great potential, but that only gets you so far.