The SEC didn’t have a team in the national championship game for the first time in nine years, but many still consider them to be the best conference in the country. Here are the best wide receivers that will try to help lead their teams – and the conference – back to the top of the mountain:
5) Speedy Noil, Texas A&M
Noil thrived as a true freshman in Texas A&M's high-octane system. Now that he has a full season under his belt to adjust to SEC defenses and coverages, he's poised to have a breakout season.
4) De'Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State
Wilson has amazing size (6'5", 220 lbs.) and so much natural ability that he looks like he's been playing football forever - not someone who just finished their third season of organized football in their life. He gave Mississippi State a true threat in the passing game that kept defenses from focusing totally on the Bulldogs' dominant rushing attack.
3) Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
Treadwell is the only receiver that has preseason Heisman odds in Vegas, and he would be higher on our list if he wasn't trying to come back from that horrific leg injury he suffered against Auburn. Ole Miss will have a new quarterback with Bo Wallace graduating, and Treadwell will provide a big security blanket for whoever wins the job.
2) Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
Cooper was one of the only bright spots in a disappointing season for the Gamecocks in 2014. He's a versatile threat that showed he can be an elite wideout (1,136 yards, nine touchdowns) that also makes plays in the running game (200 yards, two touchdowns) and can even throw the ball (5/8, 78 yards, 2 touchdowns). With quarterback Dylan Thompson and running back Mike Davis gone, South Carolina's offense give Cooper as many touches as possible.
1) Duke Williams, Auburn
Williams decided to hold off on declaring for the NFL Draft for another season (Mel Kiper has him as the top-ranked receiver for the 2016 draft) much to the delight of Auburn fans. He's a big receiver (6'2", 216 pounds) that is a lethal deep threat, averaging over 16 yards a catch in 2014. Now that Jeremy Johnson is taking over the quarterback job, Auburn will start throwing the ball more, and Williams could see an Amari Cooper-like amount of targets in 2015.
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