2015 Preseason All-American Projections: Wide Receivers

By Charlie Campbell
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Heading into the 2015 college football season WalterFootball.com will debut our projections for the nation’s leaders during the fall. The All-American teams always have some surprises, and the stars of next fall could be the headlining players next May in the 2016 NFL Draft.

First-Team Wide Receivers:

Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

Boyd is in the running to be college football’s top wide receiver in 2015. He is a dynamic weapon who has size, speed, and tremendous run-after-the-catch skills. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has been impressive against good secondaries and cornerbacks who are early-round NFL prospects. In 2014, Boyd notched 78 receptions for 1,126 yards and eight touchdowns.

Boyd runs good routes, is very physical, has reliable hands, tracks the bell extremely well, makes acrobatic catches and outfights defensive backs for 50-50 balls. Playing in the ACC, the junior should only see a couple of tough secondaries. He has a running game with powerful James Conner to help keep safeties honest, and returns his starting quarterback from last year, Chad Voytik. Boyd should be poised for a massive season.

Josh Doctson, TCU

The Horned Frogs had a prolific offense in 2015, and Doctson was a big reason why. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder was a point producer and a fabulous red-zone weapon with 11 touchdowns on the season. He also hauled in 65 passes for 1,018 yards. After modest production across his first two years, Doctson had a huge increase as a junior.

There is no reason to think that Doctson will revert to his underclassman form. He returns the same starting quarterback, Trevone Boykin, and the Big XII does not present a hard schedule of defenses for the Horned Frogs. Doctson could easily pass last year’s production and be a First-Team All-American.

Second-Team Wide Receivers:

Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

If Treadwell wasn’t coming off a broken fibula and dislocated his ankle, he probably would be picked for a First-Team All-American spot. Sources from the NFL say that Treadwell’s talent was impossible not to notice when scouting Ole Miss. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had 48 receptions for 632 yards and five touchdowns in nine games last year before the injury. Ole Miss will break in a new quarterback, but Bo Wallace was nothing special, so that should be a detriment for Treadwell. If healthy, Treadwell could be the best receiver in college football.

Duke Williams, Auburn

While everyone was expecting a huge 2014 season out of Sammie Coates, the JUCO transfer Williams took over as the No. 1 receiver for Auburn. Williams totaled 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns in a shortened season due to a knee injury and a suspension. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder has drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin from NFL sources. Williams could be poised for a massive season depending on the performance of Auburn’s new starting quarterback.

Third-Team Wide Receivers:

Mike Williams, Clemson

It wouldn’t surprise me at all, if looking back on this, that I have Williams too low. He plays in a powerful offense with a talented young quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Williams caught 57 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. It was clear that he and Watson have a ton of upside, and they could produce a huge 2015 going against some weak ACC defenses.

Demarcus Robinson, Florida

Florida’s quarterback play was pretty terrible in the 2014, yet Robinson managed to haul in 53 passes for 810 yards and seven touchdowns. He showed a combination of speed to get separation and an ability to win 50-50 passes. Double coverage and poor quarterback play held back what could have been a massive season. New Gators head coach Jim McElwain is an excellent schemer, and his receivers have been extremely productive. Thus even with a weakness at quarterback, Robinson could have some impressive totals in 2015.

Honorable Mentions: Baylor’s Corey Coleman, Miami’s Stacy Coley, Tennessee’s MarQuez North, Oregon’s Bralon Addison, Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell, South Carolina’s Pharaoh Cooper, Notre Dame’s Corey Robinson, Stanford’s Devon Cajuste, Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins, Arizona’s Cayleb Jones, Ohio State’s Michael Thomas, Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard and Colorado’s Nelson Spruce.

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