2014 Pac-12 Positional Rankings - Receivers: Jaelen Strong and Ty Montgomery fight for the top spot

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The Pac-12 lost a lot of talented receivers after 2013, but return some budding stars.

  1. Jaelen Strong Jr. Arizona State

Rangy with the best catch radius in the conference, Strong's combination of size and speed makes him almost impossible to cover at times. He is the conference's leading returning receiving and is especially deadly when Taylor Kelly can extend plays and allow him to get open.

  1. Ty Montgomery Sr. Stanford

Montgomery gets a lot of attention for being one of the best return men in the nation, but he is also a top-notch receiver with sprinter speed and linebacker size at 6'2 215 that had nearly 1,000 yards receiving in 2013 along with 10 touchdowns. He is a scary player to defend as he can run past cornerbacks deep but also catch a short pass and run over defenders and even carry the ball out of the backfield as he ran for more than 100 yards on just 13 carries for two touchdowns in 2013.

  1. Dres Anderson Sr. Utah

One of the most underrated players in the conference, Anderson quietly had more than 1,000 yards receiving in 2013 and caught seven touchdowns. He is a big play receiver that can change a game with one of the best yards per-catch ratios in the nation.

  1. Nelson Agholor Jr. USC

Agholar has the athleticism to be a Top 10 draft pick in the NFL and has been great at USC thus far in his career, but is poised to breakout this season on an All-American level. Expect him to truly shine this season with the shadows of Robert Woods and Marqise Lee gone and a steady quarterback set going into the season.

  1. Gabe Marks Jr. Washington State

The Cougars like to throw the ball a lot and Marks like to catch it and does it exceptionally well. He is a precise route runner that can go off for a 10-catch game when needed and the best of a large bunch of talented Cougar receivers. He got into some off-season trouble and I don't know if it has been resolved yet, so his exact status as far as suspension go is uncertain though.

  1. Chris Harper Jr. Cal

One of the few bright spots for Cal in 2013, Harper had 70 catches for more than 850 yards and had epic games against Northwestern, Ohio State and Washington State (14 receptions for 231 yards and a touchdown). Like Marks, Harper is a decently-sized receiver that isn't too flashy but always open and almost always makes the catch in a pass-heavy offense.

  1. Austin Hill Sr. Arizona

The biggest wild card of the group, Hill was one of the conference's leading receivers in 2012, but sat out all of 2013 and is back for one more year. He will have a solid surrounding core of receivers and with his size and proven skill in Rich Rodriguez' offense he could end up being the conference's best receiver if he comes back healthy and the Wildcats find a quarterback.

  1. Nate Phillips So. Arizona

Phillips took off in the second half of his freshman season and ended up being Arizona's top receiver in 2013, putting an exclamation mark on the end of the season with a nine catch 193-yard performance in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl. He offers the perfect, small quick companion to Hill's size and could see even more opportunities in 2014 with defenses having to worry about Hill.

  1. Richard Mullaney Jr. Oregon State

All of the attention was rightfully on Brandin Cooks in 2013, but Mullaney put together a hell of a season himself, finishing with more than 50 receptions and nearly 800 yards in 2013 as Sean Mannion's best second option. The 6'3 190 standout will take center stage this season with Cooks off to the NFL and while he isn't nearly as explosive, he has the ability to be a dangerous and reliable first option for Mannion and will be helped by a fantastic stable of tight ends.

  1. Dom Williams Jr. Washington State

Right there with Marks is Williams, who is simply a pass-catching machine for the Cougars that has the ability to breakout for huge games like he did in the 2012 Apple Cup. Williams could see even more production in 2014 if Marks has to sit out some time due to his off-the-field issue.

  1. Bryce Treggs Jr. Cal

Treggs might not find the end zone very often (he has only one career touchdown), but few in the conference are better than him at simply getting open and making the catch as he finished with 77 receptions in Cal's Bear Raid last season. He is not the biggest or most explosive player, but he is one of the best in the conference when you need a short-yardage pick up and will only get more catches with another year in Sonny Dykes' offense.

  1. Devon Cajuste Sr. Stanford

Cajuste filled some of the gap left by Stanford's elite tight ends that departed after 2012 as a huge (6'4 235) target that can jump over defenders in the red zone, but also beat opponents deep as he finished with nearly 23 yards per-catch and five touchdowns in 2013. Expect to see Cajuste get more targets in 2014 as the Cardinal may look to throw the ball more with a more-seasoned Kevin Hogan and a departed Tyler Gaffney.

On the edge

Kasen Williams Sr. Washington

Vince Mayle Sr. Washington State

Devin Fuller Jr. UCLA

Jaydon Mickens Jr. Washington

River Cracraft So. Washington State

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