Power Ranking College Football's 10 Best Wide Receivers Today

Tim Lewis@timdlewiContributor ISeptember 23, 2011

Power Ranking College Football's 10 Best Wide Receivers Today

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    Over the past two college football seasons, a new breed of elite wide receivers is making the transition from Saturdays to Sundays.

    In 2010, it was Dez Bryant. In 2011, it was A.J. Green. Who will it be in 2012?

    There certainly won't be a shortage of options to choose from, as this year's group is absolutely loaded.

    Big, strong and fast. That's what this new breed is all about—and yes, you can be all three, folks.

    Let's take a look at 10 guys that could be producing on Sundays before we know it.

10. Darrin Moore, Texas Tech

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    At 6'4", 210 lbs, junior Darrin Moore leads the nation in receiving yards per game with 169.5 yards each contest.

    Moore is averaging over 16 yards per catch, and four of his 21 receptions have gone for touchdowns.

9. B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State

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    Senior B.J. Cunningham (6'2", 223 lbs) ranks ninth in the country with 120 receiving yards per game, including 12 catches for 158 yards last week against Notre Dame.

    Cunningham should continue to move up NFL draft boards, as he is locked in with his NFL-ready quarterback, Kirk Cousins.

8. Juron Criner, Arizona

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    Despite missing a game due to an appendectomy, Juron Criner has racked up 12 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns in his first two contents.

    The 6'4", 210-pound senior is coming off a monster 2010 season that saw him total 82 catches for 1,233 yards (15.0 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns.

7. Marquess Wilson, Washington State

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    Sophomore Marquess Wilson (6'3", 173 lbs) is the definition of a home run threat.

    Despite only catching 15 balls thus far, he ranks third in the nation with 143 receiving yards per game and fifth in the country with a 28.6 yards per catch average.

    Wilson also has four touchdowns on the season and is one of only two sophomores on our list.

6. Dwight Jones, North Carolina

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    Dwight Jones (6'4", 225 lbs) ranks 12th in the nation with 112 receiving yards per game, and four of his 20 receptions have gone for touchdowns.

    Born and raised in North Carolina, the 22-year-old senior will be making plays on your television for many Sundays to come.

5. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

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    The only player to make it on the list under six feet tall, Ryan Broyles (5'10", 188 lbs) ranks 17th in the nation with 106.5 receiving yards per game.

    Considered by some the best wide receiver in America before the season started, the senior from Norman, Oklahoma has some catching up to do before he can crack the top four.

4. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

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    An absolute physical specimen, Alshon Jeffery (6'4", 229 lbs) may have gotten off to a slow start this season, but he's considered by many to be the most NFL-ready wide receiver in college football.

    The junior from South Carolina has 12 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown through three games.

3. Robert Woods, USC

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    Speaking of NFL-ready, Robert Woods, a 6'1", 185-pound sophomore from USC, is picking up right where he left off as a freshman.

    Woods leads the nation with 33 catches, ranks seventh in yards with 361 and has scored four touchdowns through the season's first three games.

2. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

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    At 6'1", 215 pounds, Justin Blackmon could start for every NFL team today and may get drafted as high as second in the 2012 NFL draft.

    Drawing the inevitable comparisons to Dez Bryant (fellow OK State alum), Blackmon has 27 catches for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

1. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

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    If you've watched any Notre Dame games this season, you would likely agree that this isn't much of an argument.

    Floyd ranks second in the nation in both receptions (31) and yards (397).

    He is the school's all-time leading receiver in every major category, totaling 202 receptions for 2,963 yards and 30 touchdowns.