2019 SEC position rankings: Wide receivers

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Christopher Walsh

The question isn’t does Alabama have the best group of wide receivers in the Southeastern Conference, but in the nation.

It probably does.

Jerry Jeudy (68 catches, 1,315 yards, 14 touchdowns)won the Biletnikoff Award as college football’s best receiver. The other two starters are Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith, plus Alabama has Jaylen Waddle. Ruggs and Waddle may be as fast as anyone in college football. For example, Ruggs ran a 40 in 4.25 seconds during the offseason and said “I can do better.”

Florida’s Van Jefferson could be the league’s best receiver outside of Tuscaloosa. The other strong contenders are LSU’s Justin Jefferson, who averaged 16.2 yards per reception (54 catches for 875 yards) while becoming Joe Burrow’s go-to guy, and South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards.

Vanderbilt senior Kalija Lipscomb may be the best wide receiver you’ve probably never heard of, plus the Commodores also return Jared Pinkney.

Our favorite name in college football is Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, who had 43 catches for 466 yards and six touchdowns last season.

1] Alabama

2] Florida

3] LSU

4] Vanderbilt

5] South Carolina

Teams to keep an eye on: Tennessee, Texas A&M Missouri and Auburn

This is the sixth story in a summer Friday series, ranking the top SEC teams position by position.

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