With another college football season coming and going, instead of looking at who is getting drafted where and by who, lets discuss who the top wide receivers could be in college football come 2011. With three elite receivers opting to stay in school another year: Oklahoma's Ryan Broyle's, Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd; college football could produce quite the "crop" of wide receivers in 2011.
Broyles led the country and Big 12 in receptions, snagging 131 balls. He was third in the country in receiving yards that was good enough for second in the Big 12 with 1,622 yards. Broyles was among the elite receivers as well in touchdowns scoring 14 times. With an up and coming quarterback in Landry Jones leading the Sooner's offensive charge next season, Broyles should have an even better season in 2011.
Jeffery's hauls one in over a Florida State defensive back in the Chick Fil A bowl.
Was a top fifteen receiver raking in 88 receptions in 2010 and fourth in receiving yards with 1,517. Out of receivers who had a minimum of 65 receptions Jeffery was third with in the entire country for yards per catch—17.2. Jeffery is literally a doppleganger of Andre Johnson at 6'4" 233 pounds. As a sophomore, Jeffery led the SEC in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and was second in yards from scrimmage. The Gamecocks have 5 receivers returning in 2011 that are 6'3" are taller, spreading the ball around shouldn't be an issue for veteran quarterback Stephen Garcia.
Blackmon was third in the country with 111 receptions, second in receiving yards with 1,782 and led the country with 20 touchdowns. He won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver and was the first receiver in Big 12 history to win offensive player of the year. The Cowboys have a 27 year old senior returning at quarterback in Brandon Weeden. Weeden had a great year throwing for 4,277 yards with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 34-to-13. Although State loses offensive coordinator Dana Holgerson to West Virginia as the coach in waiting for the Mountaineers, the "boys," will most likely stick with their strength, utilizing the spread in 2011.
Listed at 6'3" 227 pounds, Floyd had a great year in 2010 posting over 1,000 yards hauling in twelve touchdown receptions. The Fighting Irish and Floyd suffered a tough loss in Dayne Crist last season due to injury. With a healthy Crist returing in 2011 the Irish and second year head coach Brian Kelly could make some noise in the top 25.
The shifty receiver was fourth in the Big 12 last season in receiving yards but lacked the touchdowns of an elite receiver with only six. Moe could substantially benefit from the wide spread system that Missouri likes to run, alah think of Jeremy Maclin from a couple years back. He can certainly be a threat in the return game as well. As long as his broken foot from his freshman year isn't still nagging, Moe could have a very productive season in 2011.
The senior will certainly benefit from Nick Foles returning under center in 2011 for the Arizona Wildcats. Criner was a top ten receiver in 2010 running away with 1,233 yards at fifteen yards a reception. Arizona's defense was certainly its strong suite last season, but with Criner and Foles returning the Wildcats could be explosive enough for a Pac-10 run come 2011.
Fuller tied for sixth in the country in touchdown receptions with twelve and was third in the Big 12 with over 1,000 yards receiving. He has the intangibles to be a game changer at 6'4" 215 pounds. He just finished the first 1,000-yard season in history of Texas A&M football. If Fuller can improve his route running there could be only a few to compare with Fuller next season.
At 6'2", Lewis plays more like he his 6'5" at times. Lewis helped lead the Pirate's on offense catching 89 balls good for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. With quarterback Domique Davis returning for ECU and offensive guru Lincoln Riley running the offense, Lewis could surprise the country this up coming season.
Had a coming out party in the second half of 2010—four games with 100 or more yards receiving through the last seven games. Jones led the Heels with a team-best 57 catches for 895 yards and four touchdowns. Not to mention Jones has great size at 6'4" weighing in at 215 pounds. With a few extra pounds of muscle Jones could lead the Heels on offense in 2011.
Beasley will return for his Senior season, after having a great season in June Jones high perennial spread offense. Beasley hit the 1,000 yard receiving mark with 87 receptions. Listed at 5'9", the little fella can compare to a "Wes Walker." He certainly will be a primary target for the Mustangs come 2011 and could raise some eye-brows.
Childs 2010 season had an abrupt end due to a knee injury. At the point of injury Chllds led the Razorbacks with 46 catches for 659 yards and six touchdowns. Even with injury Childs stats at year end were third on the team with receptions and reception yards and tied for first in receiving touchdowns. I like his size at 6'3", 217 pounds, if he can stay healthy Childs could be a man amongst children on the grid iron.
Boykin became the ninth player in school history with 100 receptions in 2010. As a junior in 2010 Boykin manage to haul in 53 receptions good enough for 847 yards and six touchdowns. Known to have decent speed—clocked with a 4.40 forty—Boykins could spread the field for the Hokies come 2011.
Listed at only 5'10" 182 pounds Maze is a shifty receiver with great speed that contributes to his potential as a well-known return man in 2011. Even though Maze accumulated for only 557 yards in 2010 he does average 14.7 yards per reception, and could do even more damage after the catch with 4.32 forty speed.
Posey was second on the team hauling in 53 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns. He will miss the first five games of next season—one of the five players suspended— due to breaking NCAA rules of selling their Big Ten championship rings. Posey will be quarterback Terrell Pryors' release valve quite often when they both return from suspension. If Posey wasn't suspended for the first five games in 2011 he would be much higher on this list.
Johnson was second in CUSA this season with 1,432 yards from scrimmage and fifth in touchdowns, hauling in twelve. Eleven of his twelve touchdowns came from scrimmage, partly due to his 4.32 forty speed, making him one of the fastest receivers in the country. He is equally as dangerous in the return game—904 return yards and a touchdown in 2010.