Instant Debate: Who's best wide receiver in college football?


Two Big 12 wide receivers -- Baylor's Corey Coleman and TCU's Josh Doctson -- are posting eye-popping numbers this season. They are ranked 1-2 in receiving yards per game (Doctson's 152.4 to Coleman's 146.2) and receiving touchdowns (Coleman's 16 to Doctson's 12). West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen took things a step further on Saturday, saying Coleman is the best player in college football.

But, of course, Coleman and Doctson are not the only pass-catchers performing at an elite level.

Who's the best wide receiver in college football? We asked our panel that question. Here are their answers.

  • Charles Davis
  • Irish WR gets nod

Many, many names could be considered for this mythical title, but my choice is Will Fuller from Notre Dame. His size is not overwhelming at 6-foot, 185 pounds, but his ability to run excellent routes, make and create big plays in key situations, attack the ball in the air, and not concede anything to defenders -- yeah, he's the top guy for me at this stage of the season.

  • Gil Brandt
  • Coleman stands above rest

The most touchdown catches after six games at the FBS level since 2000 is 17 by Michael Crabtree at Texas Tech in 2007. Baylor's Corey Coleman has 16 touchdown catches through six games, and did so on 41 catches (Crabtree's 17 came on 70 catches). The all-time FBS record for touchdown receptions in a single season is held by Troy Edwards, who had 27 for Louisiana Tech in 1999.

At Baylor's pro day earlier this year, when underclassmen worked out after the 2015 draft-eligible players had their turn, Coleman ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, had a 45-inch vertical, 11-foot-3 broad jump and 6.62-second three-cone drill. When it comes time to run at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Coleman could probably run a 4.35 or faster 40 since the track he ran on at Baylor is not a fast track. Coleman's get-off is as fast as I've seen, and I predict that his 10-yard split could set the combine record (the fastest 10-yard split since 2003 was run by Chris Johnson in 2008 at 1.4 seconds).

Coleman is an outstanding athlete, who placed in the Texas state track and field meet in the high jump while in high school. He is very strong, and has long arms and big hands. Coleman is a very tough matchup for the defense, because he can make all the catches on the key routes, and is also outstanding after the catch. In my estimation, he's the best all-around receiver in college football today.

Corey Coleman of Baylor and Josh Doctson of TCU are running away with this discussion, and neither is a wrong answer. But the nod here goes to Doctson, who already has 60 receptions on the season (19 more than Coleman) and is generating a huge share of the Horned Frogs' passing attack. Doctson is establishing himself as a potential first-round draft pick next year and has the size and instincts to make contested catches.

  • Lance Zierlein
  • Numbers do the talking for Coleman

I guess I'll go with Corey Coleman from Baylor, but that is based solely on production and not from a pure talent standpoint. Coleman has good speed and is the latest in a long list of vertical threats for Art Briles over at Baylor. His numbers are staggering at this point. Baylor's schedule will get a little tougher, so it will be interesting to see if Coleman can keep this up. I do see Coleman as a legitimate draft prospect and not just a system wide receiver, but I don't think his numbers actually prove that he's the best prospect. I simply believe the numbers make it hard to argue that he's not the best college receiver right now.

Even before Saturday's 199-yard, three-score effort against West Virginia, I rated Corey Coleman as the nation's top receiver and seventh-best player overall at the midpoint of the season. He showed excellent hands and quickness vs. the Mountaineers, but also impressed with his ability to get off of press coverage. Maybe that No. 7 overall ranking wasn't high enough ...

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