A.J. Brown and David Sills V turned on the jets in the open field last year, making defensive backs miss on their way to the end zone. And we can’t forget about Deebo Samuel, who did some damage through the air even in his abbreviated season. But who will top the wide receiver position in 2018? Our college football insiders give their take on the nation’s top wideouts — and you can too by joining the conversation and casting your vote.
Andrea Adelson: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
If Samuel can stay healthy for an entire season, he has the potential to be not just the best receiver in the country, but also the most electric player. Even though he played in just three games last season after breaking his leg, he still tied for the team lead with six total touchdowns. He also averaged 16.7 yards per catch. With Jake Bentley back at quarterback, Samuel will have his shot at a huge year.
Edward Aschoff: A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
There’s a pretty good chance that Brown will be the first wide receiver taken in next year’s NFL draft. As a sophomore, Brown, who has an intimidating 6-foot-1, 225-pound frame, caught 72 passes for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns. He eclipsed 100 yards six times, with five of those resulting in him gaining at least 150 yards.
Chris Low: David Sills V, West Virginia
Nobody was more excited than Sills to see quarterback Will Grier return to West Virginia for his senior season. The 6-foot-4, 204-pound Sills might have a hard time matching his 18 touchdown catches from a year ago, but Sills will be that receiver in 2018 who gives every opposing defensive coordinator headaches. He’s great at catching the deep ball, has the size to go up and get the football and has the talented Grier throwing to him. Not a bad combination.
Adam Rittenberg: A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
There’s so much to like about Brown, the latest in a series of dominant Rebels receivers. He had a breakout season last fall, averaging 16.7 yards per reception with 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns. Brown also benefits from another season in Phil Longo’s pass-driven offense and once again works with an accurate and efficient quarterback in Jordan Ta’amu.