Even though Ole Miss might still be reeling from its NCAA penalties, one wouldn’t know it by looking at the Rebels’ receiving corps.
Even without Van Jefferson, who transferred to Florida, Ole Miss has A.J.Brown, D.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge, who combined for 155 receptions, 2,596 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. Getting them the ball will remain the Rebels’ top priority.
Auburn returns all of its top wide receivers, including Ryan Davis (84 receptions for 814 yards) and Darius Slayton.
The sophomore trio of Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith are ready to take over at Alabama, but depth is a real concern. The Crimson Tide also has its third offensive coordinator in as many years.
South Carolina has a talented group led by senior Deebo Samuel, while Georgia’s receiving corps improved during the College Football Playoff and players like Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman stepped up. Missouri returns Emanuel Hall and Jonathon Johnson.
The team to watch is Florida. There’s a lot of optimism and potential with the addition of Jefferson and Trevon Grimes (Ohio State) in addition to Tyrie Cleveland and Kadarius Toney.
1] Ole Miss
5] South Carolina
10] Texas A&M
This is the third story in a series ranking each SECposition group for the 2018 season.