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July 19, 2007

Category rankings: Wide receivers

The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country to come up with the most extensive and accurate prospect rankings and evaluations you will find. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and rank the top five in each. Does your team need a deep threat at the wide receiver spot? A hands guy? How about a superior athlete? You will want to land one of these guys.

WR rankings: Deep threat | Best hands | Best after the catch | Best athlete

Deep Threat
Jeremy Crabtree's take: Another strong group headlined by Tolliver and Green. I think Joe Adams is one that gets overlooked a little bit, but he definitely can hurt you in a number of different ways.

Mike Farrell's take: A.J. Green is the blueprint for a downfield receiver, a Randy Moss type who can adjust to the ball in the air and dominate jump balls.

JC Shurburtt's take: Overall this is a group that can get vertical in a hurry and make a big play. All of these guys are threats to score from anywhere on the field.

  • Vote: Who is the top deep threat?
  • 1. Chris Tolliver, 6-1, 180, Rayville (La.) Tolliver highlights
    2. A.J. Green, 6-4, 184, Summerville (S.C.) Green highlights
    3. DeSean Hales, 5-10, 165, Klein (Texas) Oak Hales highlights
    4. Deion Walker, 6-4, 186, Christchurch (Va.) Walker highlights
    5. Joe Adams, 6-0, 167, Little Rock (Ark.) Central Arkansas Christian Adams highlights
    Best Hands
    Crabtree's take: I love Brice Butler's ability to go get the football. He doesn't let it come to him, he attacks the ball. And some of the catches he makes on film are amazing. Christopher Owusu is another one that falls into the overlooked category. He catches everything.

    Farrell's take: Brice Butler is one of the few players in any category who was a unanimous selection. He makes circus catches and this top five is as good as any in recent years at catching the ball.

    Shurburtt's take: The receivers in this group catch everything that's thrown their way. Butler also is an excellent route runner.

  • Vote: Who has the best hands?
  • 1. Brice Butler, 6-2, 178, Norcross (Ga.) Butler highlights
    2. A.J. Green, 6-4, 184, Summerville (S.C.) Green highlights
    3. Darryl Stonum, 6-2, 180, Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles Stonum highlights
    4. Christopher Owusu, 6-1, 177, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian Owusu highlights
    5. Deion Walker, 6-4, 186, Christchurch (Va.) Walker highlights
    Best After the Catch
    Crabtree's take: DeVier Posey is amazing to watch with the ball in his hands. He turns on his track speed and is gone in the blink of an eye. A.J. Green is also great, too. He's for sure something special.

    Farrell's take: Green has that wiggle needed to be a versatile player who can stretch the field as well as open things up underneath. Chris Tolliver isn't far behind.

    Shurburtt's take: These guys turn into running back-types after making the catch. I really like the way Jones can wiggle his way out of tight situations.

  • Vote: Who is the best after the catch?
  • 1. Julio Jones, 6-4, 215, Foley (Ala.) Jones highlights
    2. A.J. Green, 6-4, 184, Summerville (S.C.) Green highlights
    3. Jarious Wright, 5-11, 180, Warren (Ark.) Wright highlights
    4. DeVier Posey, 6-2, 190, Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle Posey highlights
    5. John Goodman, 6-4, 192, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger Goodman highlights
    Best Athlete
    Crabtree's take: Another solid group headlined by the nation's best receivers Jones and Green. They both not only are great receivers, they're excellent athletes. Jeff Fuller is also an excellent fit in this category.

    Farrell's take: Jones is clearly the most athletic wideout in the country this year out of a strong group.

    Shurburtt's take: When you watch the players in this group, you are in awe of the things they naturally do on the football field.

  • Vote: Who is the best athlete?
  • 1. Julio Jones, 6-4, 215, Foley (Ala.) Jones highlights
    2. A.J. Green, 6-4, 184, Summerville (S.C.) Green highlights
    3. Cordale Scott, 6-3, 200, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville Academic Campus Scott highlights
    4. Jeff Fuller, 6-4, 202, McKinney (Texas) Boyd Fuller highlights
    5. Joshua Jarboe, 6-3, 195, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Jarboe highlights

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