Ranking the SEC: WR

In just two weeks, SEC Media Days kick off followed by the release of the all-conference teams. As usual, there will be several expected selections and some surprises. In anticipation of the new season getting underway, here's a look at how the league's wide receivers stack up.

Three All-SEC selections from last year return in what should be a good season for wide receivers in the conference. With speed and depth, who can compete with the Gators?

#1 Florida – The versatility of Percy Harvin, the experience and speed of Andre Caldwell and the size and hands of Cornelius Ingram all contribute to the best receiving corps in the SEC. Throw in the experience of Tate Casey, the emergence of Louis Murphy after a strong spring and many others, the Gators finally have the depth and the speed that Urban Meyer desires in his receivers.

#2 Alabama – Senior D.J. Hall is back after a 62-catch, 1,056-yard season. He's joined by fellow senior Keith Brown who can give the Gators a run for their money with the best 1-2 punch in the SEC. Behind them, the Crimson Tide have some experience as well.

#3 LSU – Senior Early Doucet, at 6-0, 207-pounds, leads LSU's receivers, coming off a 59-catch season a year ago. He caught 8 touchdown passes and averaged more than 13 yards per catch. The Tigers lost two huge receivers, but have young speed to fill the void.

#4 Kentucky – Senior Keenan Burton was a second team All-SEC selection last season with 77 receptions for 1,036 yards. Dicky Lyons pulled in 50 catches of his own for more than 800 yards, and the Wildcats also have former transfer Steve Johnson who should be more comfortable with a year under his belt. DeMoreo Ford and David Jones add even more depth after that.

#5 Vanderbilt – The best receiver in the SEC may reside in Nashville. Junior Earl Bennett is coming off a phenomenal sophomore season that saw him catch 82 balls for 1,146 yards. The only problem is the Commodores don't have much of a threat after Bennett to draw opposing defenses away from him.

#6 Georgia – A speedy Mikey Henderson may be the Bulldogs' best option after a big spring game. Throw in senior Sean Bailey, junior Mohamed Massaquoi and junior tight end Tripp Chandler and Matt Stafford has some options to look for.

#7 South Carolina Sidney Rice will be missed, but Kenny McKinley is an athletic receiver who caught 51 passes a year ago. The Gamecocks have lots of bodies, but nothing proven, including some talented freshmen – Ocala's Dion Lecorn for one.

#8 Tennessee – Tennessee was decimated by graduation and the NFL Draft, but the Vols receiving corps showed promise in the spring. There's not much experience, but Lucas Taylor, Quinton Hancock, Austin Rogers and a strong group of newcomers could become big players.

#9 Arkansas – Senior Marcus Monk returns after a 50-catch season for nearly 1,000 yards in 2006 and Robert Johnson may be a viable option after moving to wideout from quarterback. But the best option for the Razorbacks may be Darren McFadden who caught 11 passes last year.

#10 Auburn – Auburn lost their best receiver in Courtney Taylor, but return a bunch of receivers – not a ton of experience, though. Junior Rod Smith leads the group after a 26-catch, 452-yard season last year.

#11 Mississippi State – Former junior college transfer Tony Burks is the most experienced receiver for the Bulldogs after catching 35 passes for 850 yards last season, and most of them came late in the year. There's some potential after Burks, but they'll have to prove themselves.

#12 Mississippi – Ole Miss returns most of its receiving corps from last season led by Dexter McCluster, but he only stands 5-9 and 165-pounds. Sophomores Marshay Green and Shay Hodge are also solid receivers, but whose going to throw them the ball?

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