Gil Brandt of NFL.com has been putting together his senior positional rankings the past couple of weeks. So far he has released his quarterbacks and running backs.
Today, he put up his wide receiver rankings. They are as follows:
1. Brandon LaFell, LSU
2. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
3. Eric Decker, Minnesota
4. Jordan Shipley, Texas
5. Chris McGaha, Arizona State
6. Jeremy Williams, Tulane
7. Jacoby Ford, Clemson
8. Shay Hodge, Mississippi
9. Dexter McCluster, Mississippi
10. Greg Matthews, Michigan
11. Andre Roberts, Citadel
12. Alric Arnett, West Virginia
13. Riley Cooper, Florida
14. Naaman Roosevelt, Buffalo
15. Kerry Meier, Kansas
16. Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State
It's no surprise to see LaFell as the No. 1 wide receiver. He nearly entered the 2009 NFL Draft. Coming back for his senior season almost ensures a spot somewhere in the first round, depending on which underclassmen leave early.
Even including LaFell, none of these guys come across as a No. 1 receiver. One player I would have much higher is Roosevelt, an electric player. He has great hands and is a game breaker.
Another Mid-American Conference player who should be up there is Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan. At 6-foot-5, 214 pounds, Anderson is a good red zone threat.
Clearly, though, the best NFL-eligible receivers in college football are juniors. That would include Arrelious Benn (Illinois), Damian Williams (USC), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State), Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas) and Golden Tate (Notre Dame).