Top WRs, picks 6-10

When judging receivers, you have to ask yourself several questions: Do I rate a possession receiver just as highly as a deep threat? Do I downgrade a guy who is adept at getting open but drops an occasional ball? Do I reward a guy whose numbers are inflated by a pass-oriented offense?

I tried to consider these factors while selecting Tennessee's 15 greatest receivers of the years 1964-2004. That made for an awful lot of re-evaluating and revising.

Here's what I finally settled on for picks 6 through 10:

10. LARRY SEIVERS: He may have been slow as molasses but this big, old country boy was just as smooth. He ran fine routes, caught anything within reach and knew how to shield defenders with his 6-foot-4 frame. Seivers was UT's leading receiver in 1974 (25 catches), 1975 (41) and 1976 (51), earning consensus All-America recognition in '75 and '76. He averaged 20.5 yards per catch as a junior, proving you don't need sprinter speed to get deep. He ranks seventh on UT's list for career receptions (117) and sixth for career yards (1,924). If he could've run a 4.5 forty, he'd be in the Hall of Fame.

9. ANTHONY HANCOCK: Like Seivers, Hancock led Tennessee in receiving three years in a row – 1979 (34 catches), 1980 (33 catches) and 1981 (32 catches). He averaged 17.2 yards per grab, ranking 10th among all Vols in career receptions (106) and eighth in career receiving yards (1,826). A first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, Hancock played five years in the NFL.

8. JOEY KENT: Yes, I know he's UT's all-time leader in career receptions (183) and receiving yards (2,814). I also know that, like Marcus Nash, he fashioned his eye-popping stats during the pass-happy Peyton Manning era. Still, he was amazingly productive, becoming the only Vol ever to post two 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

7. CEDRICK WILSON: He paced Tennessee receivers in 1999 (57 catches, 827 yards) and 2000 (62 catches, 681 yards, 12 TDs) but never got the recognition he deserved. That's probably because he was 5-10, wiry and not blessed with blazing speed. Wilson was a feisty competitor, however, who ranks third on UT's all-time list for catches (159) and fourth for receiving yards (2,137). He has gone on to be a solid NFL wideout.

6. DONTE STALLWORTH: Injuries hampered what could've been one of the great careers in UT history. Even so, Stallworth averaged 17.6 yards per catch, the best mark among Tennessee's top 10 career yardage leaders. Although he never topped UT's receiving chart, Stallworth recorded 99 career grabs and was a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2002 NFL Draft. He has enjoyed a very good pro career.


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