SEC Football Power Rankings: The Top 10 Wide Receivers in 2011
The SEC lost two of its best receivers last year when A.J. Green and Julio Jones announced their decisions to declare for the NFL draft following their junior years.
However, the SEC is still loaded at the wide receiver position, like it is at every position.
This is the best conference in college football without a doubt, and this is because the depth that it has across the board.
Before everyone gets upset with this list, realize that I broke this slideshow into two parts. The first five receivers named are the best incoming recruits at the wide receiver position, and the last five are returning starters.
With Jones and Green bolting to the NFL, who are the best receivers next year?
Newcomer: Marvin Shinn, Alabama
High School: C.F. Vigor HS
Scouting Report: With Julio Jones declaring for the NFL draft, the Tide will need someone to replace him.
At 6'4", 195, Shinn might be that target. He is a physical receiver and can get off jams well, and he is a deep threat target.
Although he is physical, he doesn't block particularly well, and he doesn't have the greatest route running skills.
Newcomer: DeAnthony Arnett, Tennessee
High School: Saginaw HS
Scouting Report: Arnett may be on the small side, but he makes up for it with his hand-eye coordination and route-running skills.
Although he is on the short end, he has the ability to elevate over defenders and make catches. He does a good job of getting off jams and will become stronger in a college workout program.
He should be able to come into Tennessee and be able to play starting this fall.
Newcomer: Nickolas Brassell, Ole Miss
High School: South Panola HS
Scouting Report: According to Scout.com, "Brassel plays every down at one speed and that is wide open."
His areas of strength are definitely his speed and quickness off the ball. He runs a 4.4 40.
He uses his speed to get open and to extend the play. An area of concern that can be improved on at the next level is his route-running ability.
Newcomer: Jarvis Landry, LSU
High School: Lutcher HS
Scouting Report: Landry is a 5-star receiver and should be able to step in and play for the Tigers in his freshman season.
Even though he is only 5'11", Landry is a very physical receiver and blocks very well.
His areas of strength include his ability to concentrate and catch the ball, as well as his route-running ability. The one area he lacks in coming out of high school is his speed and getting separation, which can improve at the next level with better coaching.
Newcomer: Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia
High School: Valdosta HS
Scouting Report: Mitchell is listed as a corner back by a couple of recruiting services, but Mitchell is also a top level wide receiver.
Mitchell could play both corner or receiver in college, but Mark Richt said in his signing day press conference that he was leaning towards receiver.
Mitchell has great speed, and will be a deep threat for Aaron Murray next fall. However, I would not be surprised if he played defense.
After watching his highlight film, it is hard to believe that he won't be a receiver at the next level.
Jarius Wright, Arkansas
2010 Stats: 42 receptions, 788 yards, five touchdowns
Scouting Report: Wright is the first of three Arkansas receivers on this list, and there is a very good reason why that is. This is the best receiver group in the SEC, and maybe even all of college football.
Wright is the shortest of the three, but he makes up for it with his speed.
The Hogs will lose their signal caller next year following Ryan Mallett's decision to go to the NFL draft. Tyler Wilson will take over the reins, and I don't expect the Hogs to miss a beat.
Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State
2010 Stats: 44 receptions, 634 yards, five touchdowns
Scouting Report: Going into 2010, he had the potential to be Mississippi State's most dynamic playmaker. Bumphis was the key part of a couple of the Bulldogs' wins last year. Expect the same this upcoming year.
He led the Bulldogs in receptions and receiving yards in his first true season with the team.
Coming into 2011, Bumphis will be the Bulldogs' primary playmaker on the offensive side of the ball.
Greg Childs, Arkansas
2010 Stats: 46 receptions, 659 yards, six touchdowns
Scouting Report: The Hogs will lose Ryan Mallett, but they return one of the best receiver units in college football.
Arkansas has three great receivers that put up good numbers, but it will be interesting to see how they fare with Tyler Wilson.
Childs missed the remainder of the season following a knee injury against Vanderbilt. He will be anxious to return to action in 2011.
The Hogs will be a threat to Alabama and LSU when they fight for the SEC West this fall, and the receivers Wilson will throw to will have an impact on how well they fare.
Joe Adams, Arkansas
2010 Stats: 50 receptions, 813 yards, six touchdowns
Scouting Report: Adams missed a couple of games last year but started in seven games.
Adams was a second-team All-SEC selection by the AP.
Similar to Jarius Wright, Adams doesn't have the height of Greg Childs, but he makes up for it with his speed.
Along with Wright and Childs, look for this Razorback receiving corps to be one of the best in all of college football next year, led by Tyler Wilson.
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
2010 Stats: 88 receptions, 1,517 yards, nine touchdowns
Scouting Report: Was there ever a question that Jeffery would be the No. 1 name on this list?
At 6'4", 233, he gives Stephen Garcia a great target to throw to.
With Tori Gurley heading to the NFL draft, look for Jeffery to make an even bigger impact.
He is the best wide receiver returning to the SEC next year, and he should have one of the better years in the 2011 season.
His numbers might take a brief hit if he is constantly hit with double teams. However, Marcus Lattimore should be able to open up seams for him to take advantage of.