Crimson Tide alum and former quarterback for Nick Saban’s 2009 and 2010 squads that featured Julio Jones and Mark Ingram, Greg McElroy of the SEC Network proposed a questionable list of his receivers-to-watch for the upcoming college football season.
Once sitting alongside main host, Dari Nowkhah, of last year’s SEC Now program, McElroy situated Auburn’s D’haquille Williams, who sat out of last year’s Outback Bowl due to disciplinary reasons, in first place ahead of last year’s second-place finisher in receiving yards, Pharoh Cooper (1,136).
In talking about his rankings, McElroy delegated size as the main component to a wide receiver’s success, but continued to nearly shun Pharoh Cooper (5-foot-11, 183 pounds) out of any discussion, including next year’s NFL Draft in Chicago:
“[Williams] and Laquon Treadwell are very similar to me. I wonder who’s going to run better at the NFL draft. Because whoever does is probably going to be the first receiver off the board next year.”
Also interesting to note, even after the graduation of Auburn’s leading passer and dynamic rusher, Nick Marshall, Saturday Down South further praised D’haquille Williams in this year’s overall SEC player rankings, parking Williams in the 19th spot.
According to Greg McElroy, these are the top 10 receivers entering the 2015 season:
1. D’haquille Williams, Auburn (SR)
2. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina (JR)
3. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (JR)
4. De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State (JR)
5. Marquez North, Tennessee (JR)
6. Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M (JR)
7. Travin Dural, LSU (JR)
8. Demarcus Robinson, Florida (JR)
9. Malachi Dupre, LSU (SO)
10. Keon Hatcher, Arkansas (SR)
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