2023 College Football WR Rankings: Marvin Harrison Jr. Top the List But Who is Next Up?

Taking into consideration everything at hand, the top college football WR rankings for the 2023 season are a star-studded group of game-changing players.

The top college football WR rankings are listed below. The race to lead the college wide receiver charge in 2023 comes down to who is actually second best, as Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. has the No. 1 spot locked up for good reason.

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Top-tier college football receivers across the nation dominate our sport. These talented pass catchers do everything that No. 1 receivers are required to do, and in most cases, they do them all at elite levels.

We differed our college WR rankings a bit from our previous rankings of all 133 teams, and due to the size of some receiver rooms across the nation, we ranked each player individually. Sticking with the 133 rankings, we ranked 133 receivers, but not every team will be accounted for as several schools are represented by multiple players below.

Receivers are far more than just statistical junkies and their ability at every level of the field was analyzed here. Hands, footwork, separation skills, route tree, football acumen, and much more were analyzed to generate this list.

Most importantly, the film watching was the biggest contributor to a player’s rank below, and we feel once again that it is important to note that these are not rankings of a player’s NFL Draft placement, but rather how they rank as strictly a college football receiver for the 2023 season.

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1) Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

B1G Rank: 1

The easiest decision on these national WR rankings, Marvin Harrison Jr., is not only WR1 in the Big Ten, but he is also the top receiver returning to college football in 2023. Quite literally, everything Harrison Jr. does is at elite levels, and he’s the first-ever Ohio State receiver to earn unanimous All-American honors.

He’s a constant force for opposing defenses to account for, and few have been able to stop his brilliance. Harrison Jr. creates natural separation with his elite route-running and can use his ridiculous body control to make those highlight-reel catches look routine.

Simply put, Marvin Harrison Jr. is must-watch TV on Saturdays before he takes his talents to Sundays for an NFL franchise.

2) Xavier Worthy, Texas

Big 12 Rank: 1

The Big 12’s best returning receiver, Xavier Worthy, is as talented as they come at the catch point. What makes Worthy worthy of his ranking here is his elite athleticism.

Worthy can release better than any other receiver off the line and has separation ability everywhere on the field. He’s among the best in the country at the catch point, in the open field, or along the boundary.

Worthy has no trouble stacking defenders with his speed, and he can track the football with ease, bringing in any catch within his surprisingly large catch radius.

3) Rome Odunze, Washington

Pac-12 Rank: 1

Rome Odunze leads a group of Pac-12 receivers that may be the most stacked group in the country. Returning with his quarterback, Michael Penix Jr., for another year at Washington, this duo is poised to contend for the top QB-WR duo in all of college football in 2023.

Odunze is a gifted route runner and has surprising speed for his size and frame. He won’t give defenders anything and does a great job of wasting no motion on his routes.

With his massive frame – 6’3″ and 200-plus pounds – Odunze is a physical mismatch for any defensive back, and he can run right by anyone in the conference. He’s a complete receiver in every sense of the word.

4) Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky

C USA Rank: 1

The YAC King himself, Malachi Corley, clearly leads the top Group of Five receivers by a large margin, contending with the biggest names the sport has to offer. He exploded onto the scene a year ago with 101 receptions, 1,293 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

Corley took over the No. 1 spot in 2022 on the WKU receiving corps and dominated in every game. He was terrific before the catch, stemming route cuts with absolute ease and losing no speed.

But the name of his game is yards-after-the-catch, as Corley was appropriately nicknamed the YAC King. He has a rare blend of elite play speed, strength through contact, elusiveness, and balance.

There isn’t anything Corley can’t do, and with another year hauling in passes from Austin Reed, he should set some career WKU marks. He’ll eclipse some serious talent in the process as he absolutely belongs in the discussion to be one of the best receivers in all of college football.

5) Johnny Wilson, Florida State

ACC Rank: 1

Johnny Wilson was always there when Florida State needed him down the stretch of the 2022 season. The Arizona State transfer nearly eclipsed 1,000 yards and did so while averaging over 20 yards per catch. In other words, that’s ridiculous.

The hulking 6’7″, 240-pounder doesn’t lurch around like you’d think a man with his frame would, and he has surprising speed and agility on his routes. Wilson is a great yards-after-catch threat and can run a full route tree to boot.

Putting consistency issues to bed, Wilson lands as a top-five receiver returning to college football because of his talent and the fact that he has Jordan Travis throwing the ball to him.

MORE: ACC QB Rankings

6) Zakhari Franklin, Ole Miss

SEC Rank: 1

A latecomer to the SEC party, it’s always “meant more” for Zakhari Franklin. During a multi-year stint at UTSA, Franklin’s prowess on the football field has been unmatched.

Firmly entrenched as one of the best college football receivers of all time, Franklin takes his talents to Ole Miss to star on Saturdays for one final season in college.

Franklin has a top speed that cannot be caught and a lurking presence on the outside. He’ll nab contested catches in any situation and at every level of the field.

But his game isn’t predicated on contested-catch win percentage. Rather, he uses elite separation skills and a full route tree to make defenders look silly. Franklin is arguably the biggest transfer portal pickup of any school this fall.

7) Antwane Wells Jr., South Carolina

SEC Rank: 2

Antwane Wells Jr. proved it on the big stage last season, transferring to South Carolina with lofty expectations. He set three different JMU single-season records in 2021 as a redshirt freshman and put the country on notice with his 928 yards on 68 receptions in 2022 with the Gamecocks.

For his career, Wells has 2,781 receiving yards and a whopping 27 touchdowns, proving to be too much for any one defense to manage.

He has a terrific release package at the line of scrimmage and can play through contact at every level. Wells can outjump defenders at the ball or lose them altogether along his routes.

He is the full package as a pass catcher for Spencer Rattler and the Gamecocks.

8) Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State

B1G Rank: 2

All Emeka Egbuka did in 2022 was haul in over 1,100 yards and double-digit touchdowns, pairing with Harrison Jr. to form the best WR duo in college football. Egbuka has terrific hands and elite creation capacity after the catch.

With great size and an even more impactful frame, Egbuka is one of the hardest receivers to bring down in the open field in all of the Big Ten. When it boils down to it, Egbuka exploded onto the scene in 2022 and looks poised to carry that momentum over in 2023.

9) Tyrese Chambers, Maryland

B1G Rank: 3

Given a sound quarterback, Tyrese Chambers is one of the top receivers in the entire nation. Chambers rounded out a breakout year in 2021 with some highlight-reel moments in 2022 despite lackluster quarterback play at FIU.

Ultimately, Chambers landed with Maryland this season and has already started showing off what makes him such a special player. Chambers has size and speed, knowing how and when to utilize both to his advantage.

He’ll high-point the football incredibly well down the field or catch short-area comeback routes, turning them upfield for large gains in the blink of an eye. At his best, Chambers is a dynamic, dominant WR1. Taulia Tagovailoa has the tools to find Chambers at every level of the field, and the sky is the limit after he won the MVP of the Spring Game for Maryland earlier this year.

10) Malik Nabers, LSU

SEC Rank: 3

Exploding onto the scene in 2022, Malik Nabers hauled in 72 receptions for 1,017 yards last fall. Nabers proved to be too much for defenses to contain as the season went on, dominating with three 100-yard games over the final four outings of the season.

He’s versatile, lining up and winning both inside and outside as a receiver, but that doesn’t sum up Nabers’ overall ability. He is a constant threat for a first down and excels in the intermediate range of the field.

Nabers can use his speed to create separation from man defenders or his route savviness to find open spots against zones. There is a lot to like about Nabers’ game, as he’s also a true after-the-catch savant with the ball in his hands.

MORE: SEC QB Rankings

11) Jerand Bradley, Texas Tech

Big 12 Rank: 2

They don’t make receivers much more intriguing than Jerand Bradley. Known nationally as one of the top freshman receivers from last season, Bradley is much more than that.

In fact, Bradley is absolutely one of the best receivers in the country when the season gets going. At 6’5″ and 215 pounds, you’d be surprised at how quickly Bradley moves. For such a big man, there’s an effortless fluidity in his game, and he’s a true after-the-catch threat.

Bradley is also a terrific catch-point mismatch for the Red Raiders to deploy. Catch him working from the outside in, and be sure to witness his quick feet, terrific football IQ, and deceptive speed that will make him a tough man to stop in 2023.

12) Joshua Cephus, UTSA

AAC Rank: 1

Joshua Cephus returns for a fifth year in San Antonio as a player who isn’t your typical receiver. He stands at 6’3″ and primarily lines up inside. Cephus uses a quick release to beat defenders off the line of scrimmage and dominates the short-to-intermediate area of the field.

Cephus has an elite ability to separate along his routes and, most notably, after the catch. He’ll run by defensive backs with speed, toast middle-of-the-field defenders with his routes, and nab anything thrown his way with safe, secure hands.

With Zakhari Franklin’s transfer, Cephus is the top dog in town, and if he can line up outside with the same success that he’s shown on the inside, the sky is the limit.

13) Dorian Singer, USC

Pac-12 Rank: 2

If there was a quieter 1,000-yard receiver last year than Dorian Singer, point me in their direction. Thriving at Arizona last year, Singer makes the move to USC, where he’ll have the nation’s top quarterback throwing him the ball in a very friendly offense.

Singer takes the mantle of Jordan Addison as the WR1 in the prolific Trojans’ offense and can line up in a variety of alignments for USC. He’ll win from the inside just as quickly as he can pull away from defenders on the outside and improved his hands from his freshman season.

Singer remains one of the shiftiest receivers after the catch in all of college football.

14) Malik Benson, Alabama

SEC Rank: 4

We’ve told you to remember the name: Malik Benson. The top overall JUCO recruit this past cycle, Benson could have played at any school in the country but ultimately chose Alabama over a final list of Georgia, LSU, Oregon, and Tennessee.

So why all the fuss over a JUCO receiver? It’s simple, really. Benson is nearly untouchable as a prospect with an incredibly high ceiling. He took multiple receptions the distance with his mix of speed, agility, strength, and balance, as he set the Hutchinson CC record for career receiving yards at 2,152.

Benson has terrific routes and is ridiculously strong at the catch point. He’ll routinely lose defenders at the line of scrimmage with his release or simply outmuscle or outrun them along the way. Benson does not shy away from contact and doesn’t let the first defender bring him down in the open field.

He’ll help elevate whoever is throwing the football in Tuscaloosa this season.

15) Ali Jennings, Virginia Tech

ACC Rank: 2

Truly a game-changing receiver, Ali Jennings transfers to Virginia Tech and lands as their WR1 easily. After two very successful seasons at Old Dominion, it feels like a college football forever that Jennings was at West Virginia to start his college career.

Jennings is big and fast, yet moves around like a nimble slot receiver at times. He’ll win everywhere on the field and dominates with physicality at the catch point.

Give him some solid quarterback play, and a 1,500-yard season isn’t out of the realm of possibilities for the big-play receiver.

16) Odieu Hiliare, Bowling Green

MAC Rank: 1

A master of highlight-reel catches, Odieu Hiliare announced his presence on the big stage with Bowling Green in 2022. Hiliare hauled in 58 receptions for 747 yards and six touchdowns, but that doesn’t nearly encapsulate all he did a year ago.

The Alabama A&M transfer snagged multiple highlight-reel catches, including a ridiculous sideline reception against Marshall, a game-winner against Akron, and a historic 256-yard outing against Toledo.

Hiliare has immaculate body control and some of the safest hands at the catch point. He’ll pull away from defenders with shifty feet on his routes or just simply snatch the ball away from them at the catch point.

When you talk about playing bigger than your stature, Hiliare has to be the top player that comes to mind. He’ll cruise past 2,000 career yards this fall and etch his name into the BGSU record books in the process.

MORE: MAC RB Rankings

17) Troy Franklin, Oregon

Pac-12 Rank: 3

Flashing brilliance in 2022 with the Ducks, Troy Franklin exploded onto the scene a year ago. With immaculate body control along the boundary and perhaps even better ball-tracking skills, Franklin is much more than just a massive receiver with a huge catch radius.

Franklin has an elite all-around game as a receiver and can win at every level for the Ducks. He possesses terrific athleticism and some of the best vision before the catch as well as after.

Considering his dominance last year and the return of his quarterback – Bo Nix – Franklin’s ceiling knows no bounds.

18) Keon Coleman, Florida State

ACC Rank: 3

After a breakout year in 2022, Keon Coleman enters the picture at FSU as one of the top receivers in the ACC. Coleman feasted on smaller defensive backs last year at Michigan State, especially as the year went on, and nearly averaged 14 yards per catch.

Flying well under the radar in East Lansing, Coleman is consistent with his hands and downright dominant at the catch point. He fights through contact and defenders to the football, timing his shots to near perfection to snatch any pass in his catch radius.

FSU’s receiving corps got a whole lot better when Coleman committed to the ‘Noles in the transfer portal this spring.

19) Devontez Walker, North Carolina

ACC Rank: 4

Forming one of the scariest duos in all of college football, Devontez Walker is sure to be Drake Maye’s best friend by August, if they aren’t already. A transfer from Kent State, Walker flashed brilliance a year ago.

With 11 touchdowns and nearly 16 yards per reception, he’s a big-play threat who was featured heavily in the Golden Flashes’ passing attack throughout his career. He’ll be able to fill the void left by Josh Downs and maybe even exceed expectations in Chapel Hill this fall.

20) Jalen McMillan, Washington

Pac-12 Rank: 4

While his teammate put on dominant displays from the outside, Jalen McMillan picked apart defenses over the middle of the field. A special receiver with or without the ball in his hands, McMillan left a number of defensive backs in his wake in 2022.

Returning as a pair of 1,000-yard receivers, McMillan and Odunze form one of the top returning duos in all of college football. With his lightning-fast first step off the line of scrimmage, McMillan easily defeats defenders and can run a full route tree with natural separation along the way.

21) De’Corian Clark, UTSA

AAC Rank: 2

The second of the duo at UTSA that will certainly make American Athletic Conference fans remember the Alamo is De’Corian Clark. A dominant receiver who has no trouble winning on the outside, Clark has the ability to take over games.

Throughout his career, he’s nearly averaged 14 yards per catch, a ridiculous feat considering the talent Clark has had in his receiving room with him.

Given Clark’s terrific size and secure hands, the Roadrunners should have no trouble deploying both him and Cephus against what looks to be overmatched secondaries in the AAC this season. With Oscar Cardenas over the middle, these pass-catchers are sure to give defenses trouble in 2023.

22) Sam Pinckney, Coastal Carolina

Sun Belt Rank: 1

The 6’4″, 215-pound Sam Pinckney once dominated the field against Coastal Carolina. After four seasons at Georgia State, Pinckney transferred north and broke out in a big way for Coastal in 2022.

Pinckney hauled in 71 passes for 996 yards, averaging 14 yards per catch. His big-play ability was on display in seemingly every game, as he caught at least four receptions in all but two games last year.

Crowned the top returning receiver in the Sun Belt, Pinckney is closely followed by his teammate as he and Jared Brown form one incredible duo. Pinckney has all the tools to elevate his game once again this year, giving Grayson McCall a dominant target for one final season together.

23) Jacob Cowing, Arizona

Pac-12 Rank: 5

The top returning receiver in terms of yards in all of college football, Jacob Cowing is coming off two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He joined the Wildcats after transferring from UTEP in 2022 and made a significant impact against unsuspecting Pac-12 defenses last year.

Cowing possesses impeccable hands and is a true game-changer on the field. Despite his relatively small frame, he showcases both quickness and speed, playing with a larger presence than his physical stature suggests.

Not limited to just being a shifty slot receiver, Cowing can excel from any position within the Arizona offense. He stands as one of the most formidable receiving threats in college football and exemplifies the exceptional depth of talent among Pac-12 receivers in the 2023 season.

MORE: Pac-12 QB Rankings

24) Ainias Smith, Texas A&M

SEC Rank: 5

A true threat with the ball in his hands, Ainias Smith was sorely missed in 2022. After making a significant impact in the first four games, Smith suffered a season-ending injury that halted his streak of 27 consecutive games with a reception.

He possesses remarkable elusiveness and boasts game-changing speed in the open field. Smith exhibits the ability to find open spaces at every level of the field, particularly excelling in the short area where his elite after-the-catch skills shine.

Returning to solidify his position as one of the top pass-catchers in the SEC, the Aggies breathed a collective sigh of relief when he chose to forego the NFL for another season in College Station.

25) Jared Brown, Coastal Carolina

Sun Belt Rank: 2

After taking a redshirt season in 2021, Jared Brown exceeded expectations in the following year. While his teammate Sam Pinckney thrived on the outside, Brown emerged as the primary target on the inside, utilizing his inside-out approach to amass 49 catches, 789 yards, and six touchdowns.

However, Brown’s impact goes beyond his statistics. With the ball in his hands, he is truly a game-changer. Coastal’s coaching staff showcased his versatility by involving him in rushing plays, as he carried the ball 20 times for 187 yards and a touchdown last season.

26) Tory Horton, Colorado State

Mountain West Rank: 1

The only receiver returning to the Mountain West with a 1,000-yard season under his belt, Tory Horton is the top of the class out west. He’s capable of winning 1-on-1 reps against any defender and more than versatile enough to line up anywhere on the offense.

Horton transferred from Nevada to Colorado State with his head coach Jay Norvell and continued his string of dominant performances no matter the uniform he sported. He’s a valuable leader for the Rams and will consistently be one of the top pass-catchers in the country at this rate.

27) Jeremiah Hunter, California

Pac-12 Rank: 6

A big play waiting to happen, Jeremiah Hunter performed incredibly well given the (lack of) success for the Cal offense in 2022. With a new offense in place for the 2023 season, one that can rely on Hunter and his innate ability to outmuscle, outplay, and outsmart defenders on the outside.

Hunter possesses a large catch radius and ridiculous length, and he utilizes them exceptionally well. He excels at high-pointing the football and demonstrates late hands to defeat defenders in close proximity. As a prospect, he is reaching his proverbial floor and can only ascend from here.

28) Dante Wright, Temple

AAC Rank: 3

Dante Wright is a star in the middle of the field and presents a weapon in all senses of the word for Temple. After being seldom used at Colorado State in 2022 when Jay Norvell brought basically the entire Nevada team with him to Fort Collins, Wright transferred back east and should make quite the pairing with E.J. Warner.

Wright excels at winning with speed on the inside and can defeat linebackers, safeties, or nickel defensive backs assigned to cover him. He is a wizard in contested-catch situations, using his uncanny ability to time and attack the football in the air to outmatch larger defensive backs.

Additionally, Wright is a terrific return man and one of the fastest and most elusive receivers to chase down in the open field.

29) Rara Thomas, Georgia

SEC Rank: 6

With a lot to like about his overall game, Rara Thomas has transferred from Mississippi State to Georgia as a likely one-and-done player with his eyes on the 2024 NFL Draft. Until then, however, Georgia fans can rely on witnessing potential greatness this fall.

With a ridiculous catch radius, Thomas also offers a massive frame with highlight-reel-worthy hands. He’ll outmuscle defenders all along the field, at any level and on any route, dominating them with his strength and fast hands.

Thomas is a rare mismatch with size and speed and will leave fans in awe at the catch point.

MORE: SEC RB Rankings

30) Isaiah Williams, Illinois

B1G Rank: 4

One of the most dominant receivers in the open field, Isaiah Williams just simply needs the ball in his hands, point blank. Williams comes fully equipped with running back-style moves in the open field and a full arsenal of routes at his disposal.

Though targeted heavily in the short area (and even behind the line of scrimmage), Williams ripped off nearly 10 yards per catch last season, most of which came after the catch.

That doesn’t mean he can’t get open downfield as he’s proven to be as shifty on his routes as he is after the catch. For Illinois, they can rely on breaking in a new signal-caller with a similar plan they deployed last year. That worked for Williams in 2022, and 2023 should be no different.

31) Jyaire Shorter, Auburn Tigers

SEC Rank: 7

If you look up the term “body control” in your football dictionary and Jyaire Shorter isn’t right next to it, you’ve got to update your dictionary. Shorter is the definition of a talented receiver at the catch point, contorting his body and timing his angles to near perfection every time.

His bag is also full of skill along his routes with a talented release and nifty footwork. Shorter makes his SEC debut with the Auburn Tigers after transferring from North Texas earlier this year.

32) Phillip Brooks, Kansas State Wildcats

Big 12 Rank: 3

A special all-around player, Phillip Brooks adds a dimension with elite special-teams skills. The long-time Wildcat has been remarkably consistent over his career and found his way to a breakout season in 2022.

Brooks is as shifty as they come, making defenders look silly in his aftermath after the catch. He is a viable threat to take it the distance on every reception despite being featured heavily in the short area of the field.

33) Jermaine Burton, Alabama Crimson Tide

SEC Rank: 8

Jermaine Burton has some underrated athleticism for the Crimson Tide. Combine that with the fact that he has sure hands, and you’ll understand why he came on strong in his first season at Alabama. Burton is a versatile weapon that can be deployed from any position as a receiver and is just as strong with his release as he is at the catch point.

He’s shown to have a full route tree, but Burton shines over the middle of the field. He has no fear and can separate well. Burton is as reliable as they come for whoever his quarterback will be in 2023.

34) Trayvon Rudolph, Northern Illinois Huskies

MAC Rank: 2

The 2023 season will mark the return of one of this generation’s top receivers as Trayvon Rudolph is set to see action once again after missing all of 2022 with a knee injury. When healthy, there are few receivers who can do what Rudolph can with and without the ball in his hands.

When you discuss shifty receivers, you have to talk about Rudolph. When you discuss game-changing ability, you have to talk about Rudolph.

If that discussion also considers the other intangibles of an elite receiver, you still have to talk about Rudolph. A former freshman All-American, Rudolph is a wizard with the ball in his hands, and Northern Illinois sorely missed him a season ago.

35) Matthew Golden, Houston Cougars

Big 12 Rank: 4

Showcasing elite athleticism and flashing during his freshman season at Houston, Matthew Golden is ready for the big stage as the Cougars break into the Big 12. Golden plays a faster game than most defenders tasked with covering him and proved able to win at every level last season.

The Cougars manufactured touches all over the field for Golden, and he was able to impress at every turn. While he’s a true after-the-catch threat, Golden has elite burst and suddenness in his route breaks as he’s able to create natural separation.

The future truly is Golden for the Houston native.

36) Will Sheppard, Vanderbilt Commodores

SEC Rank: 9

Will Sheppard entered last season as an under-the-radar prospect. Now, Sheppard is a household name after hauling in nine touchdowns and 60 catches for 776 yards in 2022. He is a big-time vertical threat and is the focal point of the Commodores’ offense.

Sheppard can line up anywhere, on any side, and still wins. What makes him a perfect fit inside the Vanderbilt offense is the fact that he can get open quickly and is far more than just a deep threat, even if that is where he shines.

37) J.Michael Sturdivant, UCLA Bruins

Pac-12 Rank: 7

All things considered, for J.Michael Sturdivant, the 2022 season was a success at Cal. Now, he’s taken his talents south to UCLA and joined the Bruins through the transfer portal. Sturdivant, a high-profile recruit, has track speed and showcased that during flashes with the Golden Bears.

While the Cal offense wasn’t quite as exciting, Sturdivant showcased his own set of exciting intangibles that Bruins fans ought to be enamored with by the season’s end. He can sky to the football as a dominant contested-catch guy while also presenting as a cushion-eater with his speed.

38) Evan Stewart, Texas A&M Aggies

SEC Rank: 10

The sky is the limit for Evan Stewart. In his freshman season, Stewart did not disappoint, hauling in 53 receptions for 649 yards in just 10 games. He flashed highlight-reel ability on multiple occasions despite what could only be described as “iffy” quarterback play.

Stewart has an effortless fluidity about his game, both on his routes and with the ball in his hands. He’ll take routine receptions and inch out every possible yard while making the seemingly-impossible receptions look like child’s play.

If his ascension continues in 2023 — don’t be surprised if he’s much higher on this list by the end of the season.

39) Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

C USA Rank: 2

Back for another go, Smoke Harris returns to Louisiana Tech for his sixth season with the Bulldogs. Harris has recorded at least 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in each of the past four seasons, reaching the 2,000-yard plateau in his career.

He’s a born leader of a receiving corps and dominates from the inside. No matter the offensive scheme, Harris has a natural role as the top target on the Bulldogs’ offense, rewarding Louisiana Tech fans with remarkable work at the catch point and after the catch.

MORE: C USA RB Rankings

40) Michael Mathison, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

C USA Rank: 3

In the amazing world that has been the WKU offense over the past decade, a 52-catch, 615-yard performance was good enough to rank Michael Mathison just fourth on his own team in each statistic. However, as he and Corley are the top returners for the Hilltoppers in 2023, you can expect an uptick in targets and production this fall.

Mathison, a former Akron Zip, plays incredibly well on the interior, using a quick release to get open over the middle. He can attack vertically but is much better at moving with his quarterback’s eyes as an outlet or viable second-read option.

41) Travis Hunter, Colorado Buffaloes

Pac-12 Rank: 8

If Travis Hunter played wide receiver full-time, he has the tools to be much higher on this list. Hunter is as gifted as they come as a football player, no matter his position, and his sporadic play at wide receiver at Jackson State showcased that.

Hunter can sky to the football and has arguably the best ball skills of any player in the Pac-12 this season. His hands are like glue, and he has a surprisingly strong route tree for a player who splits his reps between offense and defense.

42) Luther Burden III, Missouri Tigers

SEC Rank: 11

All Missouri had to do was give Luther Burden III the ball in 2022. And in turn, he opened the nation’s eyes to his talent and why he was such a highly-recruited player coming out of high school.

He was routinely targeted in the backfield on pop passes, a manufactured way to get the ball into his hands and on the move to utilize his talents. That led to a ridiculous amount of yards after the catch, as he averaged 8.3 yards per reception, all of which felt like they came after he caught the ball.

Still, his athleticism shined, and he was able to play a major role in Missouri’s offense and special teams during the majority of the season. Given consistent quarterback play, Burden is potentially one of the most dangerous receivers in the country.

43) Dane Key, Kentucky Wildcats

SEC Rank: 12

In what became an eye-opening freshman season, Dane Key proved to be far more than just the big-framed receiver many thought he was in high school. Key displayed a great sense of awareness all over the field and knew how to attack defenses everywhere.

He is a physical presence who offers much more than a 50% chance on 50/50 contested catch balls. Key will use great body control to maintain possession through contact with defenders and has an expanding tree of routes to work from.

44) Ricky White, UNLV Rebels

Mountain West Rank: 2

Once upon a time, Ricky White was a highly sought-after recruit and a Michigan State Spartan. White trasnferred back out west and flashed brightly with UNLV in 2022.

Kicking his season off with a bang and a highlight-reel-worthy outing against Idaho State, White showcased all the traits that make him a potentially special player. He can be deployed anywhere on the field and has game-changing speed.

Running by defenders before the catch or after the reception is nothing for White, and he plays a faster, longer game than most defensive backs in the Mountain West. Securing the ball at the catch point consistently is the only thing left to add for this budding superstar.

45) Dominic Lovett, Georgia Bulldogs

SEC Rank: 13

Heavily downfield for Missouri in 2022, Dominic Lovett transfers to Georgia as a true downfield threat. Lovett can get open quickly but really works his magic downfield against slower defenders.

Yet, Lovett is perhaps at his best when he can get the ball in space and work after the catch. If Georgia can figure out his best usage package, Lovett has a chance to expand on his 800-plus yards from a year ago.

46) Bru McCoy, Tennessee Volunteers

SEC Rank: 14

It has already been quite the career journey for Bru McCoy. But in 2022, McCoy’s career finally saw the uptick it deserved and he looked more like the highly-recruited player that held offers from just about any program in the country.

McCoy has every bit of an elite receiver in his game and finally showcased it consistently last fall. He dominated at times and expanded his abilities far beyond just the Tennessee system as well. The next step for McCoy is simply playing consistent football in Knoxville.

47) Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky Wildcats

SEC Rank: 15

Tayvion Robinson has excelled all over the field when given opportunities, first at Virginia Tech for three seasons before transferring to Kentucky in 2022. He quickly adjusted to life as a Wildcat and hauled in over 100 yards in two of his first four games.

Robinson is far more than a gadget-type player from the slot, stacking defenders with speed off the line of scrimmage and losing them in the open field. Robinson returns as one of the most productive receivers in all of college football in 2023.

48) Sam Wiglusz, Ohio Bobcats

MAC Rank: 3

Sam Wiglusz made the trek from Columbus to Athens with great success as his journey to southern Ohio was well worth it in 2022. After four years with the Buckeyes, Wiglusz transferred to Ohio and exploded onto the scene.

With 73 receptions and 877 yards to his credit, Wiglusz was certainly quarterback Kurtis Rourke’s top target for a reason. He always found himself open, whether it was a quick route over the middle or breaking off his route and flashing quick hands on the boundary.

49) Moose Muhammad III, Texas A&M Aggies

SEC Rank: 16

Flashing against New Mexico back in 2021, Moose Muhammad III turned heads in 2022. He turned just 38 receptions into 610 yards and has now caught four touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

With his 6’1″, 205-pound frame, Muhammad actually plays bigger than his size would indicate. He’ll out-body defenders at the catch point and proved to be a valuable weapon past the sticks for first downs in 2022.

Improving the quarterback play will only take Muhammad higher up on this list.

50) Tyrone Howell, UL-Monroe Warhawks

Sun Belt Rank: 3

As an impact transfer to the Sun Belt last year, Tyrone Howell was projected to play a major role in UL-Monroe’s offense in 2022 — and he more than delivered. The former Kansas State Wildcat caught 50 passes for 852 yards and six touchdowns, averaging a ridiculous 17 yards per catch.

Howell stands at 6’4″ and 202 pounds, bringing with him a massive catch radius and underrated routes. He’ll blow by defenders in the open field once he picks up steam and has plenty of juice in the short area of the field to win off the line of scrimmage.

While there may be questions at the quarterback position for ULM, it doesn’t seem to matter who is throwing the football Howell’s way. He’ll win outside, and win big, making him an extremely valuable commodity for the Warhawks in 2023.

MORE: Sun Belt QB Rankings

51) Konata Mumpfield, Pittsburgh Panthers

ACC Rank: 5

Konata Mumpfield possesses that “it” factor for the Panthers, even if the 2022 offense at Pittsburgh struggled to find consistency a year ago. Though he’ll be on his third quarterback in as many seasons, the former Akron transfer has more than enough skills in his bag to pull off a dominant season.

Mumpfield has the prototypical size to play any position in an offense and has the versatility to line up anywhere. He’ll push the boundary with ease and win over the middle of the field all the same.

52) Jerjuan Newton, Toledo Rockets

MAC Rank: 4

With his breakout season behind him, the expectations are high for Jerjuan Newton in 2023. Newton set all-new career-best figures in every major receiving category in 2022, finishing with 53 receptions, 830 yards, nine touchdowns, and a second-team All-MAC finish.

He’ll line up outside and win or come across the formation with the same level of success. Newton can catch the short-area passes and turn upfield well, but he really flashed downfield with his ball-tracking skills and speed on deep shots.

53) Chris Autman-Bell, Minnesota Golden Gophers

B1G Rank: 5

The career leader in total yards returning to the Big Ten, Chris Autman-Bell was limited to just three games last season. In those three games, however, Autman-Bell made his presence felt with over 200 yards and was close to averaging 20 yards per reception.

Athan Kaliakmanis has a clear-cut No. 1 when Autman-Bell is on the field as the Minnesota offense changes when he is in the lineup — for the better. Autman-Bell is dynamic both at the catch point and with his crafty routes, serving as a dual threat with his YAC ability and improved hands over the years.

54) Cyrus Allen, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

C USA Rank: 4

What a terrific season it was in 2022 for Cyrus Allen. Hauling in 22 catches, he turned those into 500 yards with four scores, averaging a whopping 22.7 yards per catch. That kind of efficiency isn’t likely to repeat itself, but the fact remains that Allen has some talent backing up his place on these rankings.

Allen possesses a potentially game-changing speed and suddenness to his game. He can run by defenders on straight-line routes or lose them on the inside. Allen is a rare player at the receiver position who can help elevate his quarterback; he’s a star in the making.

55) Khaleb Hood, Georgia Southern Eagles

Sun Belt Rank: 4

Improving his game every year, Khaleb Hood had the best year of his career in 2022. The sky seems to be the limit for Hood after hauling in 925 yards on 87 receptions last year.

Hood is a dominant speedster with the ball. A decorated track star, he does the majority of his damage after the catch, but he’s a crafty route runner that often gets overlooked. Despite a shallow depth of target, Hood’s after-the-catch ability alone allowed him to average more than 10 yards per catch in 2022.

56) Tanner Knue, Eastern Michigan Eagles

MAC Rank: 5

Row the Knue as Tanner Knue returns to Eastern Michigan for another season with hopes of expanding on his career-best season in 2022. Knue has terrific footwork and elusiveness for days, pairing that with a full route tree and an ability to control and contort his body at the catch point.

Despite standing just 5’11” and 177 pounds, no ball is truly out of reach for Knue, as he can climb the ladder and snatch any pass. He’ll maintain possession through the ground, absorb hits, and even bounce off would-be tacklers after the catch.

57) Corey Crooms Jr., Minnesota Golden Gophers

B1G Rank: 6

After four years with Western Michigan, Corey Crooms Jr. transfers in to bolster the Minnesota receiving corps. He was consistently one of the top MAC receivers over the past two years with 11 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards in his past two seasons combined.

Crooms is one of the most experienced receivers returning in all of college football and can rely on finding a home over the middle of the field — a place he thrives. He’ll get open quickly and may develop into one of Kaliakmanis’ top targets.

58) Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, Bowling Green Falcons

MAC Rank: 6

What a ridiculous pipeline the Bowling Green program has built with Alabama A&M, as Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim is the next man up. As a freshman, Ibrahim finished top 10 in every major receiving category in the SWAC and was a Jerry Rice Award finalist.

He plays much larger than his 6’1″, 190-pound frame, indicated by his career average of 14.5 yards per catch. There’s wiggle in his game and stickiness to his hands. Ibrahim will stick with every pass thrown his way and maximize every chance he gets.

After dominating at A&M with his former and now teammate again Odieu Hiliare, the sky is the limit for this duo, which is certainly the best duo in the MAC.

59) Adonai Mitchell, Texas Longhorns

Big 12 Rank: 5

After two seasons with Georgia, Adonai Mitchell transferred to Texas in hopes of seeing his usage jump in 2023. While there were flashes of what made him such a highly-ranked recruit at Georgia, we’re cautiously optimistic that his time at Texas will see him rise quickly in these ranks.

Mitchell has a massive catch radius and uses it to his advantage over any defensive back. He has sure hands and has shown flashes of route-running excellence.

60) Jayden Higgins, Iowa State Cyclones

Big 12 Rank: 6

It’d be wise to get to know the name: Jayden Higgins. Sliding into a bevy of lost targets from Xavier Hutchinson in the Iowa State offense, Higgins will likely be the focal point of the Cyclones’ aerial assault in 2023.

An Eastern Kentucky transfer, Higgins is a physical specimen at 6’4″, 215 pounds. He hulks over smaller defenders and has the ability to pull away in the open field. Higgins showcased solid hands and perhaps even better footwork at EKU, leading up to his highly sought-after place in the transfer portal.

Higgins can line up anywhere on the outside and should become one of Hunter Dekkers’ favorite targets next to Jaylin Noel.

MORE: Big 12 RB Rankings

61) Jeshaun Jones, Maryland Terrapins

B1G Rank: 7

When healthy, Jeshaun Jones is certainly a top-five receiver in the Big Ten. Unfortunately for Jones and the Terps, he’s played the majority of a season just twice in his five years in College Park.

Still, Jones enters 2023 coming off a career rebound. In 2022, he hauled in career-highs in every major receiving category except touchdowns. Jones is a versatile route runner who can line up anywhere and win just about everywhere. He’s fast and quick and presents a massive frame for an even bigger catch radius.

Staying healthy will be his only real hindrance to becoming one of the top pass catchers in the Big Ten.

62) Drae McCray, Texas Tech Red Raiders

Big 12 Rank: 7

Every offense could use a player like Drae McCray, and the ideal landing spot for him in the transfer portal was surely Lubbock. The Austin Peay transfer headlines a Texas Tech roster overhaul this offseason as McCray is fresh off a 1,000-yard season with the Governors.

McCray hauled in 129 receptions and 1,888 yards over his last two campaigns, both of which ended with All-American status. He’s quick and has the ability to take games over with multiple 100-yard performances and a handful of near-100-yard games.

He’ll dominate over the middle of the field and is a versatile threat in terms of where the Red Raiders can deploy him at the line of scrimmage.

63) Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona Wildcats

Pac-12 Rank: 9

At a massive 6’5″, 205 pounds, Tetairoa McMillan is as big of a mismatch in coverage as anyone else in the country. McMillan uses his frame incredibly well, dwarfing smaller defensive backs with his length or simply outmuscling them along his routes.

McMillan is a technically-savvy route runner to boot and can track the football with terrific vision. After a dominant freshman season, Arizona fans have to be ecstatic that he’ll be a Wildcat for the next two seasons — at least — because he has “NFL WR” written all over him.

64) Ashtyn Hawkins, Texas State Bobcats

Sun Belt Rank: 5

With bonafide star potential, Ashtyn Hawkins is absolutely among the best interior receivers in college football. Had he played all 12 games, Hawkins certainly would’ve come close to eclipsing 1,000 yards in 2022.

Nevertheless, he did more than enough to showcase his value to the Bobcats in just nine outings a season ago. Hawkins wins with his athleticism and agile footwork. He’ll make defenders miss without the ball in his hands and creates natural separation with that athleticism.

65) Mario Williams, USC Trojans

Pac-12 Rank: 10

There is a lot to like about Mario Williams and his place on the USC roster. He’s familiar with his quarterback and the offense as he enters Year 3 with Caleb Williams and Lincoln Riley.

Williams has top-tier talent as a route runner and as a true threat with the ball in his hands. Missed time and costly drops are certainly a bugaboo for him going forward but if he’s tightened that up, the sky is the limit for Williams in LA.

66) Justin Lockhart, San Jose State Spartans

Mountain West Rank: 3

A big-time playmaker on the outside for San Jose State, Justin Lockhart’s transfer from Nevada paid dividends early for the Spartans in 2022. Lockhart feasts on smaller DBs and can get open all the same against any type of coverage defender.

What separates Lockhart from the majority of other big-play, bigger-framed receivers on the outside is the fact that he’s shockingly shifty after the catch. He secures receptions quickly and turns up field even faster to maximize his yards gained on every reception.

67) Justus Ross-Simmons, Colorado State Rams

Mountain West Rank: 4

The future is very bright for Justus Ross-Simmons, the second-most targeted receiver of the bunch at Colorado State. Ross-Simmons flashed brilliance a season ago, averaging over 16 yards per reception as he paired nicely opposite Horton.

Rounding out his route tree will be key to his development, but in the short term, Ross-Simmons presents a massive frame, has surprisingly soft hands, and is truly a speed threat on the outside.

68) Brennan Presley, Oklahoma State Cowboys

Big 12 Rank: 8

A dominant athlete on the interior for Oklahoma State, Brennan Presley is far more than a slot receiver. He’s a viable No. 1 for any offense in the country and utilizes his superior speed and athleticism to get open at the drop of a hat.

Presley feasts on sluggish middle-of-the-field defenders with his short-area route running. He’ll haul in everything thrown his way and maximize every route. Despite not being known as a contested-catch receiver, Presley’s ability to get open quickly will go a long way with the murkiness surrounding the Cowboys’ starting quarterback situation.

69) Jamari Thrash, Louisville Cardinals

ACC Rank: 6

Jamari Thrash transfers in after a 1,000-yard season at Georgia State and returns to college football as technically the only receiver in the ACC to haul in over 1,000 yards a season ago. Sure, he did it at Georgia State, but the skills are evident.

Thrash won a ton outside for the Panthers and has more than enough juice in his routes to continue that trend against ACC defensive backs. Given the fact that Louisville’s offense is expected to be wide open this year, Thrash has “breakout candidate” written all over him — if a 1,000-yard receiver can be considered a “breakout” player.

70) Cornelius Johnson, Michigan Wolverines

B1G Rank: 8

Cornelius Johnson has put up sound numbers over the past three seasons for Michigan. Johnson wins with his size on the outside and is as big of a big-play threat as there is in the conference.

While he may come with some consistency issues, those are all put aside when he rips off huge chunk plays for the Wolverines. Adding to his dynamics, Johnson is also a great threat after the catch due to his size, balance, and play speed.

MORE: Big Ten QB Rankings

71) Bradley Rozner, NC State Wolfpack

ACC Rank: 7

It’s completely fine if you didn’t watch a whole lot of Rice football last year, it just means you’ve learned from your mistake. Bradley Rozner transfers into the ACC as one of the top big-play receivers in college football, averaging nearly 17 yards per catch over the past three seasons.

A catch-point connoisseur, Rozner uses his ridiculously long frame to out-body defenders of all kinds. Yet, Rozner is a refined route runner and arguably the most experienced wide receiver in America as he enters his eighth year in college football.

72) Keanu Hill, BYU Cougars

Big 12 Rank: 9

What stands out about Keanu Hill’s game is the fact that the big man, standing at 6’4″ and 210 pounds, is surprisingly fast. And he’s not just straight-line fast either.

Hill is shifty, sudden, quick, and a natural runner. If given a window, Hill will take every inch he has. If no window appears, he can make a window for his quarterback with late hands, fast feet, and a route-breaking ability that mirrors the top receivers in the Big 12.

73) Jalon Calhoun, Duke Blue Devils

ACC Rank: 8

Jalon Calhoun leads all returning ACC receivers in career receiving yards, as he has been the pinnacle of consistency during his time with the Blue Devils. He’s hauled in over 35 catches in each of the past four seasons and multiple touchdowns in each.

Calhoun is fresh off his best season to date with a capable quarterback throwing his way, as he and Riley Leonard form one of the more underrated QB-WR duos in all of college football.

74) Javon Baker, UCF Knights

Big 12 Rank: 10

The recent string of SEC receivers transferring to UCF has paid major dividends for the Knights, and Javon Baker is a glowing example of that. Baker hauled in five scores and averaged well over 14 yards per catch in a season highlighted by consistency down the stretch.

He’s a terrific route runner with high-volume target capabilities due to his natural separation prowess. With more consistent hands, Baker will be a household name in the Big 12 sooner than later.

75) Tez Johnson, Oregon Ducks

Pac-12 Rank: 11

One of the biggest names to enter the Pac-12 through the transfer portal is Tez Johnson. Sure, not many Power Five football fans are aware of just how good Johnson is, as he hails from Troy, but the Oregon staff clearly did.

Johnson has a full route tree, is as quick as they come, and is one of the most dangerous men in all of the country with the ball in his hands. No defender is safe when Johnson is around, as he’ll leave them gasping for air either along his routes or after the catch.

76) Ryan O’Keefe, Boston College Eagles

ACC Rank: 9

There are big shoes to fill for Boston College, and there may be no better receiver than Ryan O’Keefe to attempt to do so. O’Keefe will be tasked with filling the large hole left by Zay Flowers’ NFL departure, and like Flowers, O’Keefe is far more than the receiver you think he’d be with his size and build.

Despite standing just 5’10”, 172 pounds, O’Keefe is a viable outside receiver and catch-point connoisseur, much like Flowers was during his time in Chestnut Hill. Given the fact that he’ll run right by defenders in the open field, O’Keefe is ready to make his name known nationally after four years at UCF.

77) Isaiah Neyor, Texas Longhorns

Big 12 Rank: 11

The forgotten man on the Texas roster, Isaiah Neyor transferred to the Longhorns after dominating the Mountain West at Wyoming. Though injury shut a potential breakout year in 2022 down, Neyor is back and ready to take the place he once had lofty expectations of reaching.

Sure, the last time we saw Neyor was against Kent State in 2021, but the fact remains: He is an elite big man on the outside with versatility, sharp routes, size, speed, and an uncanny ability to dominate any DB in front of him.

78) Jaylin Lane, Virginia Tech Hokies

ACC Rank: 10

You don’t have to ask many people around the nation just who Jaylin Lane is, but those opponents who may not know may be in for a rude awakening this fall. The speedster with game-changing abilities transfers in from Middle Tennessee after nearly reaching 1,000 yards a year ago.

It’ll be a different offense to learn in Blacksburg, but if Lane catches on quickly, the sky is the limit for him and the Hokies. Where he fits in the Tech offense will be an interesting storyline to follow this fall as he won more as an outside receiver for MTSU but may kick inside for the Hokies.

79) Donovon Greene, Wake Forest Demon Deacons

ACC Rank: 11

Rebounding to the fabulous 2020 form that saw him earn postseason recognition, Donovon Greene was a great compliment to A.T. Perry a year ago. Now, sans Perry and Sam Hartman at quarterback, Greene will have to take his game to a new level in 2023.

Fortunately, for Demon Deacon fans, Greene seemingly possesses that ability. He has great size and an even better presence at the catch point with his wingspan and athletic ability. Greene can dominate smaller defensive backs all over the field.

80) Winston Wright Jr., Florida State Seminoles

ACC Rank: 12

An offseason injury kept the world from seeing Winston Wright Jr. on the field in 2022, but let it be known, if he’s fully healthy in 2023, there may not be a better inside receiver in all of college football. Wright is over a year removed from his dominant season at West Virginia in 2021, but make no mistake — he is a certified star at receiver.

Wright has the speed to burn slower defenders, the moves to shake the slickest defensive backs, and the catch-point prowess to dominate even the best corners. He can win all over the field and will be yet another weapon for the ACC’s No. 1 returning quarterback: Jordan Travis.

MORE: Winston Wright is Back, Healthy, and as Elusive as Ever

81) Caullin Lacy, South Alabama Jaguars

Sun Belt Rank: 6

After Jalen Tolbert and Jalen Wayne paved the road, Caullin Lacy’s time to shine is officially here. Yet, very quietly last year, Lacy broke out with 816 yards on 65 catches and six touchdowns.

Lacy plays much bigger than his size and frame would indicate, and he’s special with the ball in his hands. A former high school running back, South Alabama is crafty with ways to find Lacy the football, and he eats up the yards after the catch perhaps better than anyone else in the Sun Belt.

82) CJ Daniels, Liberty Flames

C USA Rank: 5

If CJ Daniels’ 2021 season was any indicator, we would’ve been talking about him a lot more in 2022 had a torn ACL in the spring not shortened his season to just four appearances and a redshirt.

Daniels, however, now has the opportunity to make up for lost time in 2023 under a new coaching staff. With Jamey Chadwell calling the shots now and over 1,300 receiving yards departing with Demario Douglas up for grabs, Daniels should be the heir apparent to the throne in Lynchburg.

Back in 2021, Daniels put on a show with both his hands and his feet. He was quick with his releases and routes and sure with his hands all over the field. He’s a terrific vertical threat and can move well coming across the field.

83) Naseim Brantley, Rutgers Scarlet Knights

B1G Rank: 9

Rutgers fans — as well as Big Ten fans — should know Naseim Brantley’s name in 2023. The well-traveled big man enters the Rutgers lineup after dominating every year prior. Brantley has stops at Sacred Heart and Western Illinois in his bag, proving to be too much to handle at both levels.

With 1,261 yards over four seasons at Sacred Heart, he more than doubled his career touchdown mark with nine receiving scores in one season with Western Illinois. At 6’4″ and 200 pounds, Brantely knows how to use his size and agility to dominate smaller defensive backs.

Add in the fact that he’s also an after-the-catch threat, and you have quite the big-play weapon to deploy for the Scarlet Knights.

84) Billy Kemp IV, Nebraska Cornhuskers

B1G Rank: 10

Making the move out west to Nebraska, Billy Kemp IV transfers in from Virginia as one of the most experienced players in all of college football. After two remarkable seasons in 2020-21, Kemp and the UVA offense cooled off under new leadership in 2022. Marred by tragedy in the end, Kemp transferred to Nebraska to revitalize his promising career.

At his best, Kemp is a dominant interior weapon for any offense. He’ll burst open with quick releases off the line of scrimmage and does a great job of maximizing every opportunity with some talented run-after-the-catch skills.

85) Devin Carter, West Virginia Mountaineers

Big 12 Rank: 12

One of the most accomplished receivers returning to college football in 2023, Devin Carter transfers to West Virginia after five years and four productive seasons at NC State. Carter is a big target for the WVU offense, standing 6’3″ and 215 pounds, helping fill the void that was created with Bryce Ford-Wheaton’s departure.

He’s a threat on the outside and has made a career dominating over smaller defensive backs at the catch point. Yet, Carter also presents a challenge to bring down after the catch as he lumbers through tacklers and always seems to fall forward.

86) Tyrone Broden, Arkansas Razorbacks

SEC Rank: 17

A massive man at 6’7″, 210 pounds, Tyrone Broden transfers to Arkansas after two great seasons in four years at Bowling Green. Once injected into the starting lineup for the Falcons, Broden rewarded MAC viewers with his sure hands, massive catch radius, and contested-catch dominance.

Broden moves his frame well for such a big man and is obviously one of the top red-zone threats entering this fall. He can win at every level but is best deployed past the sticks.

87) Ja’Lynn Polk, Washington Huskies

Pac-12 Rank: 12

The third in a terrific trio at Washington, Ja’Lynn Polk quietly had a great season for the Huskies in 2022. Polk, who transferred in from Texas Tech back in 2020, flashed early in the season as one of the more reliable threats in this UW offense.

As Odunze and McMillan continued to come along strong, the targets didn’t dwindle for Polk, giving an indication of just how talented he is. Adding consistency with his hands is all that’s left for Polk as a still-ascending player.

88) Tahj Washington, USC Trojans

Pac-12 Rank: 13

Tahj Washington has played a little bit of everything for USC and Memphis over the years. His best year yet, however, was 2022, when he played the majority of his snaps as a secondary read on the inside for the Trojans.

Washington is as quick as you’d imagine and presents a real problem for defenses to contend with. Once Washington does haul in the reception, he’s a threat to take it the distance no matter where he is on the field.

89) Javon Ivory, South Alabama Jaguars

Sun Belt Rank: 7

Javon Ivory is the epitome of a versatile weapon at receiver. Ivory can win outside or inside and at every level of the field. His DB background helps pave the way for terrific ball skills and perhaps even better body control.

Ivory is a disciplined route runner with no wasted motions. He eats up cushion and creates his own separation on any stem or route break. The only ones that will dislike watching Ivory are his opponents this season.

90) Brendan Rice, USC Trojans

Pac-12 Rank: 14

A highlight-reel player worthy of the name, Brenden Rice has forged his own path during his time in college. After two years of glimpses of his talent, Rice found the big stage in 2022.

Rice has terrific body control along the boundary and a ridiculous set of catch-point skills. What’s surprising about the 6’3″ receiver is his ability after the catch, as he’s uniquely elusive after making every reception.

MORE: Pac-12 RB Rankings

91) Jha’Quan Jackson, Tulane Green Wave

AAC Rank: 4

There are plenty of targets to fill for the Green Wave and maybe no more electric player to fill them than Jha’Quan Jackson. The speedster — who finally got that punt return touchdown last year — is set to fill the shoes and eat the targets of the departed Duece Watts and Shae Wyatt in 2023.

Feeding Jackson the ball is a smart choice, as he averaged over 17 yards per catch last year and over 10 yards after the catch per reception. There are few receivers in the country with the elusiveness after the catch that Jackson possesses.

92) Chimere Dike, Wisconsin Badgers

B1G Rank: 11

The sky could be the limit for Chimere Dike in the new age of Wisconsin football this fall. Dike, who broke out a season ago, returns as a productive receiver with slick routes and sticky hands.

Though the offensive philosophies have changed in Madison (as well as the quarterback), odds are Dike gets even more targets than ever before. In the mold of Josh Downs at North Carolina, Dike’s usage package should see him targeted in the short area of the field and over the middle, a place he already thrives as a receiver.

93) Roderic Burns, North Texas Mean Green

AAC Rank: 5

A tank on the inside, Roderic Burns plays a bullying type of football from the slot for North Texas. In their wide-open offense, Burns was far more than just a ‘slot receiver’ by name and rather a focal point of the offense. That was for good reason, as he also ripped off chunk play after chunk play for the Mean Green.

Burns is shifty at 5’9″, 200, and he’s shown he can handle the rock anywhere on the field during his time with the Mean Green. It’s his time to shine after Jyaire Shorter transferred out and he should draw many favorable matchups given North Texas’ expected run game prowess in 2023.

94) Julian Fleming, Ohio State Buckeyes

B1G Rank: 12

Rounding out the trio in Columbus, Julian Fleming finally broke out in 2022 with expanded playing time. Fleming built consistency on top of an already elite athletic profile with his work last season. In doing so, he made himself more than just a plug-in option in the place of Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and, instead, into a viable WR3 in the Buckeyes’ rotation.

Fleming showcased great skills after the catch as well as an ability to separate all over the field. He’ll be welcomed back and have more favorable matchups in 2023, something that should help Ohio State’s new quarterback this fall.

95) Tre Mosley, Michigan State Spartans

B1G Rank: 13

For a big receiver like Tre Mosley, there is a surprising burst and athleticism to his game. He’ll win from the inside all the same as he’ll win as an outside receiver.

Mosley is physically dominant with his size on smaller defensive backs but also fast enough to defeat linebackers or safeties tasked with covering him. He’s consistently been a top threat for the Spartans, and though we have questions at the quarterback position, his reliability should be counted on for whoever is throwing passes this season.

96) Jahmal Banks, Wake Forest Demon Deacons

ACC Rank: 13

Flying largely under the radar a year ago, Jahmal Banks is poised for a breakout season in 2023. He finished with nine touchdowns on just 42 catches, and that was after just six receptions for hardly over 100 yards in the two seasons prior.

Banks is a massive man on the outside with an incredible advantage over smaller defensive backs. If his separation skills have caught up to his physical dominance, Banks can make his name known nationally.

97) KeAndre Lambert-Smith, Penn State Nittany Lions

B1G Rank: 14

KeAndre Lambert-Smith finally showcased his talent in 2021 for Penn State. The speedster has now recorded seven touchdowns in the last two seasons and averaged well over 15 yards per reception since that 2021 campaign.

Improving his consistency is the only thing left in Lambert-Smith’s arsenal to add, as he’s a talented player both before and after making receptions.

98) Elijhah Badger, Arizona State Sun Devils

Pac-12 Rank: 15

Very quietly, Elijhah Badger ripped off an impressive season for Arizona State in 2022. He’ll win with quickness or by running savvy routes and playing backyard football very well.

Still, Badger went largely unnoticed despite multiple 100-yard games and some highlight-reel moments. At 6’2″ and nearly 200 pounds, Badger has the size advantage against most defensive backs and he knows it.

99) Malik Washington, Virginia Cavaliers

ACC Rank: 14

The Northwestern offense wasn’t quite known for its prowess a year ago, but Malik Washington made the best of a bad situation. Washington transfers in from the Wildcats after leading the team in receptions and yards, hauling in over 35% of the WR yards at Northwestern.

Despite shaky quarterback play, Washington was a go-to receiver over the middle of the field and a dependable pass catcher in the short and intermediate area. He has great yards-after-the-catch ability and should help rejuvenate a Cavaliers offense that needs a spark.

100) Devaughn Vele, Utah Utes

Pac-12 Rank: 16

When you talk about elusive players after the catch, you’d be wise to bring Devaughn Vele into that conversation. Despite standing at 6’5″ and over 200 pounds, Vele has surprising moves for a big man. That is, after all, why he was returning punts for Utah a season ago.

Vele has great straight-line speed but also a shiftiness to his game. He’s a big man who plays a much smaller game than his frame would indicate. And yet, he’ll win contested catches like you’d expect him to.

MORE: Pac-12 QB Rankings

101) Beaux Collins, Clemson Tigers

ACC Rank: 15

With underwhelming quarterback play during his two seasons to date, there is a chance we haven’t seen the best Beaux Collins has to offer. Still, when he was thrown to down the field, Collins looked more and more like a mismatch for any defensive back tasked with covering him.

At 6’3″ and 205 pounds, Collins has the size to match his incredible athleticism and become a dominant receiver — if he can secure the catch.

102) Ja’Corey Brooks, Alabama Crimson Tide

SEC Rank: 18

A potentially special player, Ja’Corey Brooks’ selfless play helped him carve a big role in the Crimson Tide’s offense in 2022. He finished the season as the Tide’s top touchdown receiver with eight scores, turning 39 receptions into 674 yards.

Brooks is a sound returner as well as he’s a threat with the ball in his hands just as he is without it. Consistency is the only key to seeing Brooks’ ascension in these rankings.

103) Daniel Jackson, Minnesota Golden Gophers

B1G Rank: 15

Daniel Jackson is electric, a potential home-run threat whenever he touches the ball. He had a career year in 2022, seeing his usage step up after Chris Autman-Bell’s departure from the lineup. With Autman-Bell back, Jackson likely did enough to still see his fair share of targets in 2023.

He’s a dynamic route runner with speed for days. Jackson can cut on a dime and has terrific body control all over the field. If he can play more consistently against top-tier competition, he could become much more than the No. 3 in a talented receiver room.

104) Barion Brown, Kentucky Wildcats

SEC Rank: 19

Barion Brown put on a show at times a season ago. The rising sophomore receiver was electric after the catch, leaving multiple tacklers in his wake on seemingly every reception.

He turned it on down the stretch, most notably against Georgia, but he’ll have to improve his down-to-down consistency on a weekly basis in 2023. At this point, he’ll only see his usage surge, and then we’ll really get to see what the highly-touted speedster is really about.

105) Ife Adeyi, Sam Houston State Bearkats

C USA Rank: 6

The reviews are in from Sam Houston State: Ife Adeyi and Co. are ready for the big stage. Adeyi gives the Bearkats a viable option from the inside or outside as he can move around the formation and has proven to be a home-run threat.

For his career, he averages over 15 yards per catch and there’s a lot to like about Adeyi’s game, especially if new QB Grant Gunnell returns to his glory and can find him in the open field, where he’ll be most of the time.

106) Tauskie Dove, Memphis Tigers

AAC Rank: 6

After four years and some spotty success at Missouri, Tauskie Dove has his eyes set on disrupting the AAC in 2023. Dove hauled in nearly 100 receptions during his four years with the Tigers, playing a primary role in their passing game success back in 2021.

Dove is a big man with a growing route tree. He can win at multiple levels, but Seth Henigan’s big arm will be useful with Dove’s deep-field prowess.

107) Tre Harris, Ole Miss Rebels

SEC Rank: 20

With three years of dominating Conference USA defenders behind him, Tre Harris has transferred to Ole Miss, where he’ll be relied upon heavily and early in 2023. Harris plays a terrific all-around game from the outside, winning one-on-one battles with ease and physically defeating defenders at the line of scrimmage.

He’ll release well from the line and lose defenders on a dime. If that skill set he’s shown during his time at Louisiana Tech stays the course against SEC defensive backs, Ole Miss might have gotten a huge steal from the portal.

108) Theo Wease Jr., Missouri Tigers

SEC Rank: 21

Filling a large gap in Missouri’s receiving corps, Theo Wease Jr. enters the fray after four seasons at Oklahoma. Wease Jr. can fly for a man his size and has shown to be a talented receiver at the catch point.

His career at Oklahoma was marred by inconsistency and an injury that shut down his entire 2021 season. Still, when he’s at his best, Wease is a lid-lifter for an offense — a viable threat all over the field.

109) Taylor Morin, Wake Forest Demon Deacons

ACC Rank: 16

One of the most dependable receivers over the past three years in the ACC, Taylor Morin leads all returning ACC receivers in career touchdowns with 17. Morin kicked inside in 2022, proving to be a versatile weapon no matter where he lines up.

He adds a terrific option over the middle of the field in Wake Forest’s offense with dependable hands and underrated abilities after the catch.

110) Luke McCaffrey, Rice Owls

AAC Rank: 7

What a unique journey it’s been for Luke McCaffrey. After two years of playing quarterback at Nebraska and another dabbling at the position for Rice, McCaffrey found a successful home at receiver in 2022.

McCaffrey is a threat with the ball in his hands, no matter which way you slice it. The Rice offense successfully manufactured touches for McCaffrey as the season started in 2022. He showed an ascending skill set at the position and could just be sniffing his ceiling after a six-touchdown season last year.

With Rozner out of the picture, the top spot in the Rice receiving corps is McCaffrey’s. How he responds to that will dictate just how high he can rise here.

MORE: C USA QB Rankings

111) Da’Quan Felton, Virginia Tech Hokies

ACC Rank: 17

A Norfolk State transfer, Da’Quan Felton is a big deal, literally. After leading the Spartans in every receiving category a year ago, Felton transfers to Blacksburg, where he’ll help co-lead a new, revamped receiving corps in 2023.

The 6’5″, 207-pound Felton has a lot to offer, and if his skills, both on his routes and with his separation, can translate against ACC defensive backs, this is the lowest you’ll find him on any list of WR rankings.

112) Bryson Green, Wisconsin Badgers

B1G Rank: 16

Another big-time transfer into the conference, Bryson Green heads to Madison after two productive seasons at Oklahoma State. Last season in Stillwater, Green hauled in career numbers including five touchdowns and over 16 yards per catch.

He’s a large-framed receiver with a lot to like in his game, mainly his quick release at the line and soft hands at the catch point. The surprising part about those aforementioned skills is that he does so with solid speed all over the field.

Green could become a household name in Madison this season.

113) Bub Means, Pittsburgh Panthers

ACC Rank: 18

A long journey paid off in 2022 as Bub Means found his home in Pittsburgh. After spending his 2019 season as a defensive back for Tennessee, Means transferred to Louisiana Tech for two seasons and ultimately to Pitt in 2022, where he hauled in 27 catches for 401 yards.

As a still-ascending player at receiver, Means looked every bit the part with his athleticism to get off the line of scrimmage and pull away from defenders after the catch. The redshirt senior is a talented route runner, albeit slightly limited, but if his ascension continues, you’ll hear from him a lot more in 2023.

114) Elijah Spencer, Minnesota Golden Gophers

B1G Rank: 17

After a near-1,000-yard season at Charlotte, Elijah Spencer has taken his talents north to Minnesota. Spencer is a versatile and all-around terrific receiver.

Taking his talents to the Power Five level will certainly test him, but against Maryland last year, he nearly broke the 100-yard mark on just four receptions, and against South Carolina, scored a touchdown against a sound Gamecocks secondary.

Spencer may be the real deal, and if all goes to plan, this is his absolute floor in the National WR rankings.

115) Corey Rucker, Arkansas State Red Wolves

Sun Belt Rank: 8

Back like he never left, Corey Rucker returns to Arkansas State after hauling in 14 touchdowns over his first two seasons with the program. In 2022, Rucker transferred to South Carolina, making one appearance and just one reception (a 52-yard touchdown) for the Gamecocks.

If his first two seasons in Jonesboro are any indication, Rucker is ready to blow up yet again. Rucker recorded over 1,200 yards in his first two seasons for the Red Wolves, including a freshman campaign that saw him average over 28 yards per catch. He’s a big-play threat no matter where he lines up.

116) Latrell Caples, Boise State Broncos

Mountain West Rank: 6

A big man with a terrific athletic profile, Latrell Caples came on strong down the stretch last season for Boise State. Caples stands 6’1″ and 190 pounds, and has surprising quickness and light footwork that allow him to free himself from defenders on the inside.

He thrives as a first-read option, as he’ll quickly get open and does a great job of bringing in receptions anywhere near his frame. Caples can run away from defenders on his routes but especially after the catch, where he’s a true talent in the open field.

117) Jaden Walley, Mississippi State Bulldogs

A longtime staple on the Mississippi State offense, Jaden Walley’s one of the most productive receivers returning to the conference in 2023. However, he hasn’t quite reached the lofty expectations he set for himself following his first season in 2020.

Walley’s production has stymied over the years, but he’s still proven to be a terrific WR2 or WR3 option in the Bulldogs’ offense.

118) Kaden Prather, Maryland Terrapins

B1G Rank: 18

From Morgantown across I-68 to College Park, Kaden Prather makes the transfer from West Virginia to Maryland this fall. Prather headlines a talented incoming class for the Terrapins after he showcased potential elite skills at WVU.

He’s a highlight-reel catch connoisseur and has a sound knack for finding the soft spots in all kinds of coverages. Prather can win at the catch point with his massive frame and even larger catch radius and has perhaps even better body control through the reception.

119) Kody Epps, BYU Cougars

Big 12 Rank: 13

Whenever you see the “joystick” emoji on social media, you should just expect to see a Kody Epps highlight following it. Epps is just that: A human highlight reel. He’s essentially a video-game joystick, a sudden mover with the ball in his hands, and one of the hardest dudes to tackle in the open field.

Epps was incredibly efficient in his first full-time season worth of output with the Cougars in 2022, averaging nearly half of his receiving yards after the catch. He’s a threat to take every throw the distance and had an injury not stymied his season, we could have been talking about him as a 1,000-yard player from last year.

120) Colbie Young, Miami (FL) Hurricanes

ACC Rank: 19

Big things are expected from the big man at Miami. Colbie Young, who stands 6’5″ and tips the scales at 215, is surprisingly light on his feet. He has great footwork on his releases and can break away from defenders with his straight-line speed.

Young is still ascending as a receiver in these rankings as his potential is sky-high. Given some solid, consistent quarterback play in 2023, Young has the talent to easily eclipse multiple receivers ahead of him. The Hurricanes just need to target him more.

MORE: ACC RB Rankings

121) Nate McCollum, North Carolina Tar Heels

ACC Rank: 20

The North Carolina offense is missing a large chunk of targets with the departure of Josh Downs. While Deonvtez Walker will likely factor in as the feature receiver outside, Nate McCollum’s transfer from Georgia Tech fits directly into Downs’ spot in the lineup.

McCollum was terrific in the short area for the Yellow Jackets a season ago, averaging over half his yards after the catch in the process. He’s elusive and has terrific hands, something Drake Maye will surely love as a second or third read this fall.

122) Raphael Williams Jr., San Diego State Aztecs

Mountain West Rank: 5

Transferring in from Western Carolina, Raphael Williams Jr. comes to San Diego State with an impressive résumé. A certified star on the interior, Williams can get open in the blink of an eye and feasts on slower safeties or linebackers who are tasked with covering him.

Williams has great hands and can shake off defenders with natural separation skills along his routes. When he gets the ball in his hands, Williams is a speedy threat who will always fight for extra yards.

123) TJ Sheffield, Purdue Boilermakers

B1G Rank: 19

Amid all the turnover at Purdue, the top returning receiver for the Boilermakers is TJ Sheffield. The trend line may be facing up for Sheffield as new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell’s Air Raid offense could fit his skill set well.

When he was targeted in the short to intermediate areas, Sheffield thrived. Finding a role for him in Harrell’s offense isn’t difficult, and if they’ve ironed that out through fall camp, Sheffield could carve a WR1 next to his name on the depth chart.

124) Kobe Hudson, UCF Knights

Big 12 Rank: 14

The aforementioned SEC-to-UCF transfer portal for receivers is also headlined by Kobe Hudson’s transfer from Auburn in 2022. Hudson hauled in nearly 17 yards per reception a season ago, doing so no matter where the Knights deployed him.

At 6’1″ and 200 pounds, Hudson has enough size and length to line up as a full-time outside receiver, but his quick footwork and shiftiness on his routes indicate he can be just as effective on the inside for UCF. Either way, no matter where they line him up, Hudson wins more than he loses.

125) Damien Alford, Syracuse Orange

ACC Rank: 21

Damien Alford hasn’t even come close to his ceiling as a receiver. But if his success down the stretch of 2022 is any indicator, he may be coming close. Alford hauled in multiple catches, and the majority of his yards in the final five outings for the Orange last year, breaking out as the season came to a close.

Alford, at 6’6″ and 211 pounds, is a big-play threat who has surprising speed in his get-off at the line of scrimmage. He’ll lumber a bit in his routes, but he makes up for that with burst and his prowess at the catch point. Alford’s ability plays nicely off all-everything tight end Oronde Gadsden II.

126) Myles Price, Texas Tech Red Raiders

Big 12 Rank: 15

An impressive career résumé has led Myles Price to his spot in these national rankings, but there is still more to be desired. The interior receiver presents sure hands for his quarterback as he’s able to turn on a dime and make a wide target with sticky hands.

Price cuts his routes off quickly and plays backyard football well, proving to be just as difficult to track down in the open field. If his separation ability has caught up to his hands, Price could find himself in the end zone quite a bit more in 2023.

127) Alex Adams, Akron Zips

MAC Rank: 7

There was a reason Alex Adams was recruited by and played for LSU. While it didn’t work out for the Tigers, Akron and Adams have developed something potentially very special.

After transferring in from Baton Rouge, Adams made quick work of MAC defenses, hauling in 850 yards and nine touchdowns on just 63 receptions. He wins everywhere on the field and has an effortless fluidity in his routes.

Adams will burn defensive backs with speed or simply put them in a spin cycle on his routes. He’s a deep threat and a middle-of-the-field savant.

128) Makai Jackson, Appalachian State Mountaineers

Sun Belt Rank: 9

A finalist for the prestigious Jerry Rice Award as the nation’s top FCS freshman, Makai Jackson has transferred to Appalachian State for the 2023 season and beyond. Last year, Jackson hauled in a whopping 85 receptions for 991 yards with nine touchdowns at Saint Francis.

Jackson was a first-team All-NEC selection wide receiver and an FCS All-American. There’s a lot to like about his game, most notably his versatility and he may be the top incoming slot receiver transfer.

He’ll feature heavily in App State’s offense and pairing that with his ability to turn something into nothing with his after-the-catch ability, Jackson could eclipse 1,000 yards as early as his first year.

129) Jalil Farooq, Oklahoma Sooners

Big 12 Rank: 16

Breaking out last year, Jalil Farooq is set up for big-time success in 2023. A solid frame gives Farooq a great foundation to run routes, release off the line, and physically dominate defensive backs up and down the field.

Farooq is shifty enough in the open field to be considered a threat at every level, and he has quick feet on his routes to break defenders off anywhere on the field. He’ll be in consideration to see a massive uptick in targets, and if his hands follow his footwork, Farooq could be one of the top receivers in the Big 12 by season’s end.

130) Stefan Cobbs, Boise State Broncos

Mountain West Rank: 7

Stefan Cobbs is a veteran of the sport, and his hard work has paid off over the past two seasons at Boise State. He’s a reliable middle-of-the-field receiver and makes in-breaking routes look tremendously easy.

Cobbs is great at the catch point and plays with late hands and shifty routes. As Boise State’s offense began to gel last season, it was almost always because Cobbs was in top form.

131) Key’Shawn Smith, SMU Mustangs

AAC Rank: 8

Key’Shawn Smith isn’t the only Miami Hurricane to look for greener pastures under head coach Rhett Lashlee at SMU this fall. In fact, he’s not the only former Miami Hurricane receiver transferring to SMU as he joins Romello Brinson in making the journey to Dallas.

Smith is a potential star at the position, winning downfield when it matters the most and against any type of defender. He has an alpha receiver attitude and goes toe-to-toe with any top cornerback on the opposite side.

At SMU, Smith’s ability to win outside-inside will be put on display this fall if all goes according to plan.

132) Elijah Sarratt, James Madison Dukes

Sun Belt Rank: 10

You would be wise to know the name Elijah Sarratt well ahead of the 2023 season for JMU. The former St. Francis receiver transfers to Harrisonburg after being named an FCS All-American and first-team All-NEC a season ago.

Sarratt hauled in 13 touchdowns in just 42 receptions a season ago for St. Francis, dominating with a rare blend of speed (both in his feet and hands) and savviness. He can sense soft spots in coverage and beat defenders in 1-on-1 situations all the same.

Sarratt’s skills are translatable no matter the competition.

133) De’Zhaun Stribling, Oklahoma State Cowboys

Big 12 Rank: 17

Transferring in from Washington State, De’Zhaun Stribling helps fill the void left by a trio of Oklahoma State receivers departing. Stribling has a high-end ability to win from any alignment and showed growth as both a route runner and versatile weapon in 2022.

Stribling plays much faster than his frame would indicate and has some juice in his legs after the catch. Few receivers transferring in have as many reps and as much experience as Stribling does in such a short amount of time, and that should pay dividends in Stillwater early on.

Next Up From Each Conference

American: Demeer Blankumsee, Memphis; Amad Anderson Jr., Temple

ACC: Abdul Janneh, Georgia Tech; Xavier Restrepo, Miami (FL)

Big Ten: Roman Wilson, Michigan; Pat Bryant, Illinois

Big 12: Lawrence Arnold, Kansas; Jaylon Robinson, TCU

Conference USA: DJ England-Chisolm, Middle Tennessee; Perry Carter, Jacksonville State

MAC: Daniel George, Akron; Ahmad Edwards, Ball State

Mountain West: Terrell Vaughn, Utah State; Jaelen Gill, Fresno State

Pac-12: Kyle Williams, Washington State; Xavier Guillory, Arizona State

SEC: Ladd McConkey, Georgia; Ahmarean Brown, South Carolina

Sun Belt: Jacari Carter, Georgia State; Beau Corrales, Texas State

FBS Independent: Cameron Ross, UConn; Geordon Porter, UConn

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