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July 6, 2013
In recent years, drafting a stud Big 12 quarterback and receiver was more important than owning blue-chip running back. When guys are grabbing 25 touchdowns in single season like Bailey or over 1,800 receiving yards like Williams, why wouldn't you grab one at the top of the draft? In 2013 though, while big numbers are still likely from several elite Big 12 receivers, the conference's turnover at quarterback coupled with some very impressive running back talent makes me a bit cautious in expecting monster numbers at receiver like we just saw last season. With that in mind, here's this year's rankings at receiver/tight end.
The scoring format I'm using is NOT a PPR (points per reception) format. Just a standard scoring model:
1 point for every 10 receiving / rushing yards
6 points per touchdown scored
ADDITIONAL RECEIVERS TO WATCH:
(In no specific order.)
K.J. Myers, WR, West Virginia: Myers should be third in the receiver pecking order this year after just 2 receptions a year ago.
Ja'Juan Story, WR, TCU: TCU's Color Analyst, John Denton, said this of the Florida transfer: "Nobody's seen him, but in the spring he was pretty much unstoppable."
Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech: Tech fans won't like the Aggie comparison, but he's got Dante Hall-like burst. Kansas City Chiefs Voice, Mitch Holthus once called Hall "The Human Joy-Stick". Can Grant be that at Tech?
Clay Fuller, WR, Baylor: There are plenty of mouths to feed for Bryce Petty and Baylor, but Fuller showed some really nice flashes in the spring game.
Blake Jackson, WR, OSU: The former JC TE has reportedly improved his hands considerably from last season.
Levi Norwood, WR, Baylor: Caught 40 balls a year ago, but trying to keep the young pups at bay in Waco.
Ivan McCartney, WR, WVU: Beat writer, Drew Rubenstein calls McCartney the highest risk/reward pick it the WVU WR crew. Sounds like a nice late round flier to me.
Ernst Brun, TE Iowa State: Brun had six touchdowns a year ago and Richardson should look his way plenty again in 2013.
Jarvis West, WR, Iowa State: A veteran presence who was ISU's fourth-leading receiver a year ago. The top three are now gone.
Jimmay Mundine, TE, Kansas: His blocking has improved so he'll be on the field more and a big target for Heaps to find in the redzone.
Brian Hanni is the play-by-play voice of Texas Tech Men's Basketball and Baseball and co-hosts a mid-day show on Double T 104.3 in Lubbock. Reach him on Twitter @BHanni.
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