Here's one man's ranking of the 12 projected starters:
1. Jared Cook, South Carolina: Does he benefit from playing in Steve Spurrier's system? Sure. But the 6-5, 242-pounder junior's 2007 stats – 30 catches for 421 yards (14.0 per catch) and 3 touchdowns – are still imposing. I'm giving him a bonus point for having a first-rate backup in 6-5, 273-pound sophomore Weslye Saunders, who chipped in 12 catches for 151 yards last fall.
2. Cornelius Ingram, Florida: Widely considered the SEC's best tight end, Ingram is built more like a slot receiver at 6-4 and 223 pounds. He's one productive pass catcher, though, converting 34 receptions into 508 yards (14.9 per catch) and 7 touchdowns a year ago. Still, I'd rather have the tandem of Cook and Saunders than Ingram.
4. Richard Dickson, LSU: A tad undersized at 6-3 and 237 pounds, this athletic junior is quite a receiving threat. He proved as much in 2007, recording 32 catches for 375 yards (11.7 per catch) and 5 touchdowns.
5. Andrew Davie, Arkansas: Utilized primarily as a blocker under run-oriented Houston Nutt last year, the 6-5, 266-pound junior should double his 2007 receiving totals – 14 catches, 115 yards, 3 touchdowns – under Bobby Petrino in '08.
8. Jeff Cottam, Tennessee: After starting six games as a sophomore, this 6-8, 265-pound junior should significantly improve on last year's totals of 4 catches for 19 yards and a touchdown. He'll split time in 2008 with Luke Stocker and, perhaps, Brandon Warren.
10. T.C. Drake, Kentucky: Stuck behind Tamme, Drake caught just one pass for two yards as a sophomore last season. Oddly enough, though, the 6-6, 230-pounder scored a touchdown on the play.