Pac-12 Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Receivers

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Marqise Lee is head and shoulders above any other receiver in the conference.

1. Marqise Lee Jr. USC

Lee had probably the best season a Pac-12 receiver has ever had as just a sophomore, but the big question now will be if he can maintain that level without an All-American level number two receiver like Robert Woods across from him and Matt Barkley throwing him the ball.

2. Brandin Cooks Jr. Oregon State

Cooks was mainly known as the Beavers' other talented receiver after Markus Wheaton, but he is now on his own and should see his role and attention from defenses increase. Cooks quietly had more than 1,100 yards receiving last year and is the clear cut number two guy in the conference right now and might be the receiver in the Pac-12 with the most pure speed.

3. Kasen Williams Jr. Washington

Williams is the best big receiver in the conference and the guy you most want when it comes to jump balls. Williams had nearly 900 yards and six touchdowns in 2012, but could produce a lot more if the Huskies can find another receiver to divert some defensive attention away from him and if Keith Price can shore up his accuracy and patience in the pocket.

4. Josh Huff Sr. Oregon

Huff might be the best receiver in the conference after Lee when healthy, but the problem is that he has been banged up a lot recently. Huff has size, speed and hands and even though he had less than 500 yards receiving in 2012, he did it in limited action, found the end zone seven times and was a playmaker in some of Oregon's biggest games.

5. Shaquelle Evans Sr. UCLA

Evans is the Bruins‘ only real dangerous option at receiver and he has good size and hands and can come down with deep balls that Brett Hundley likes to throw. Evans had more than 800 yards receiving in 2012, but isn't the most explosive guy as he only had three touchdowns.

6. Nelson Agholar So. USC

I would say that Agholar is the breakout guy of the group and could be one of the biggest breakout players in the entire conference next season. He is a big athlete who has serious All-American potential and showed it in brief flashes last season, but now will have the full-time opportunity to be Lee's sidekick with Woods gone and he will likely make the most of it.

7. Paul Richardson Jr. Colorado

Richardson has battled injuries the past two seasons and missed all of 2012, but he is expected to be healthy in 2013 and is one of the best receivers in the conference when he is. Richardson starred in Colorado's spring game and is a big target that can make huge catches downfield if he is available.

8. Dominique Williams So. Washington State

The Cougars have a deep arsenal of solid young receivers and Williams is the best of the bunch. He had more than 500 yards receiving in 2012 and was their most reliable target in their upset of Washington in the Apple Cup. He should only continue to grow as the Cougars progress in Mike Leach's offense.

9. Chris Harper So. Cal

Many thought Bryce Treggs was going to be the Bears' best freshman receiver last year, but the lesser-hyped Harper came in and looked more like the star in the making. Harper had more than 500 yards receiving and a couple touchdowns along with one rushing in 2012.

10. Gabe Marks So. Washington State

Another one of Washington State's talented young receivers, Marks is smooth athlete with soft hands and endless potential. Marks is also a reliable target that makes a ton of catches as he finished 2012 with 49 receptions for 560 yards and two touchdowns.

11. Nelson Spruce So. Colorado

Spruce was Colorado's best receiving option last season as a freshman and tried to fill the void left by Richardson's absence as best as he could. Spruce is tall and athletic and could have an even bigger impact in 2013 if he has a healthy Richardson lining up across from him.

12. Kevin Ozier Sr. Arizona State

Ozier is the Sun Devils‘ only real option returning at receiver in 2013 so he will be leaned on heavily to up his production. He is a big play style receiver and it is evident in his 2012 as he had more 300 yards on just 21 catches and turned five of them into touchdowns.

Others considered

Brett Bartalone So. Washington State

Tyler McCulloch Jr. Colorado

Dres Anderson Jr. Utah

David Richards So. Arizona

Isiah Myers So. Washington State

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