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Top 2019 Pac-12 receivers: Colorado’s Laviska Shenault in a class of his own

Ranking the Pac-12’s best receivers going into the 2019 season.

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  1. Laviska Shenault Jr. Colorado - No question here. Shenault was one of the nation’s best players at any position for the start of 2018 before he got banged up. He could make a run at being an all-time great if he keeps it going in 2019.
  2. Michael Pittman Sr. USC - Great size and great production, the 6’4 215 senior had 750 yards plus and six touchdowns in 2018. He should only have more in 2019 with JT Daniels another year older and USC’s offense opening up even more.
  3. Aaron Fuller Sr. Washington - He quietly was Jake Browning’s top target in 2018 with nearly 900 yards and more than 50 receptions and four TDs as a junior. He’s great at catching jump balls at just 5’11 and should get more deep shots with Jacob Eason at QB.
  4. Tay Martin Jr. Washington State - A 6’3 185 playmaker who was a deadly target for Gardner Minshew in 2018 with 69 receptions for 685 yards and eight scores. He should be WSU’s number one receiver in 2019 and see a ton of targets, especially in the red zone.
  5. Isaiah Hodgins Jr. Oregon State - He exploded in Jonathan Smith’s offense with nearly 900 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. He’s an athletic, 6’4 210 target that should only get better in year two of Smith in Corvallis.
  6. Tyler Vaughns Jr. USC - Vaughns has been good for USC for two seasons now. He has more than 100 receptions and nearly 1,500 yards in his career and 11 touchdowns. Like Pittman, he should only continue to bloom in USC’s new offense.
  7. Amon-Ra St. Brown So. USC - The blue chip recruit lived up to his billing as a true freshman with 60 catches, 750 yards and three touchdowns. I expect to produce more as a sophomore and potential outperform the two Trojans ahead of him in these rankings.
  8. Easop Winston Sr. Washington State - He went off in his first season at WSU with more than 50 receptions, 650 yards and eight TDs. He’s sneaky and quick target that can make plays over the middle with ease.
  9. Theo Howard Sr. UCLA - A speedster, Howard has been consistent the past two seasons, totaling more than 1,200 yards with more than 100 receptions and eight TDs. He should be Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s top target this season.
  10. Ty Jones Jr. Washington - Washington’s big receiver (6’4 210) was great in the red zone in 2018 with six touchdowns and he should only produce more with big-armed Jacob Eason taking over at QB.
  11. KD Nixon Jr. Colorado - The number two to Shenault should get a lot of targets in 2019. He had a nice 2018 with more than 50 receptions, more than 600 yards and four touchdowns, as a smaller (5’8 185) option for Steven Montez.
  12. Trevon Bradford Sr. Oregon State - The veteran broke out as a junior with more than 50 receptions for more than 600 yards and six scores. He should keep doing big things in Jonathan Smith’s offense.