- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
Here's a quick look at the nation's best wide receivers/tight ends.
1. LSU Tigers
You would not know it by the production, but LSU possesses a greater complement of wide receiver talent than any other school in the country. Craig Davis and Dwayne Bowe each averaged 15.3 yards per reception last season. Davis is the most complete receiver on the team. He is tall with good strength and top-end speed. He should emerge as a special talent with improved route-running skills as a junior. Bowe will provide some big plays, as witnessed by his five touchdowns on 39 receptions, but he must catch the ball with more consistency.
The missing piece of the puzzle for much of last season was Skyler Green, who was hobbled by a lingering ankle injury. Green is one of the most explosive after-the-catch receivers in the country, and his ability to play on the outside and in the slot position gives the Tigers options when it comes to getting multiple receivers on the field at the same time.
Early Doucet and Xavier Carter are two unpolished youngsters who flash huge vertical potential. Furthermore, David Jones and Keith Zinger are two sure-handed tight end/H-back types who can exploit defenses down the middle.
The Tigers return four offensive line starters and have three backs (Alley Broussard, Joseph Addai and Justin Vincent) who could all wind up playing in the NFL. If coordinator Jimbo Fisher can get more consistency from either JaMarcus Russell or incoming freshman phenom Ryan Perrilloux at the quarterback position, this offense could be scary.
1dSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
1dAndrea Adelson and Matt Fortuna