Alabama in the NFL: Ranking all the Crimson Tide wide receivers

    since nick saban arrived in tuscaloosa, alabama has gone from rarely fielding quality pass receivers in the nfl to wide receiver u.

    Ten former Crimson Tide standouts at the position are on NFL rosters. Of those, an amazing seven were selected in the first round, including four in the last two years.

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    but how should those 10 players rank? in some places, that debate is simple. elsewhere, the arguments become more difficult. what do you think? Would you change anything on this list?

    10 gehrig dieter, kansas city bosses

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    nfl stats: 2 receptions, 32 yards (16.0 ypc) — 10 games

    what dieter has achieved is impressive. After being an undrafted free agent in 2017, the Bowling Green transfer is heading into his fourth season in the NFL.

    9 robert foster, miami dolphins

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    nfl stats: 32 receptions, 642 yards (20.1 ypc), 3 TD — 30 games

    Like Dieter, Foster was an undrafted free agent. however, his rookie season (27 receptions for 541 yards and three touchdowns) in 2018 had many thinking he might be a hidden gem. Since then, he has only five catches for 101 yards.

    8 cam sims, washington football team

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    nfl stats: 51 receptions, 504 yards (14.8 ypc), 1 TD — 24 games

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    sims was another undrafted free agent catcher out of alabama in 2018. unlike foster, his usage and production are trending upwards. last year, he posted career highs in receptions (48) and yards (477) and had his only career touchdown.

    7 henry ruggs iii, las vegas raiders

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    nfl stats: 26 receptions, 452 yards (17.4 ypc), 2 TD — 13 games

    Some may be surprised to see ruggs under the two rookies, but this is a projection. I still love ruggs and think he’ll be a productive catcher in the nfl, but I also think the other three first-round receivers out of alabama in the last two years will be better.

    6 devonta smith, philadelphia eagles

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    nfl stats: n/a

    smith is the current heisman trophy winner, which should tell you everything you need to know about his ability. despite the size limitations, he can be a no. 1 receiver in Philadelphia.

    5 jaylen waddle, miami dolphins

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    nfl stats: n/a

    i think smith is going to be productive with the eagles, but i also said i think waddle will be better. I love seeing him reunited with Tua Tagovailoa in Miami.

    4 jerry jeudy, denver broncos

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    nfl stats: 52 receptions, 856 yards (16.5 ypc), 3 TD — 16 games

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    Looking at the stats, Jeudy had a successful rookie season with the Broncos. however, his capture rate at 113 targets is low. Some of that is due to poor quarterback play, but slumps plagued him in Year 1 as well. That said, I’m predicting a major step forward in Year 2.

    3 calvin ridley, atlanta falcons

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    nfl stats: 217 receptions, 3061 yards (14.1 ypc), 26 TD — 44 games

    Guys, ridley is off to a great start to his nfl career. in three seasons, he has averaged 72 receptions for more than 1,000 yards and nearly nine touchdowns. those are fantastic numbers, especially considering he’s the world no. 2 in atlanta.

    2 amari cooper, dallas cowboys

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    nfl stats: 449 receptions, 6,211 yards (13.8 ypc), 38 TD — 93 games

    yes, cooper can disappear at times, but it’s hard to argue that he’s had great success at the nfl level. The 26-year-old has produced 1,000-yard seasons in all but one since he entered the league.

    july 1 jones, atlanta falcons

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    nfl stats: 848 receptions, 12,896 yards, 60 touchdowns — 135 games

    Even if Jones starts to show some signs of decline at age 32, he’s still the most logical choice for the top spot on this list. this is a surefire hall of famer who is still arguably one of the best receivers in the league.

    the previous one does not. the No. 6 overall pick is also averaging 85 receptions for nearly 1,300 yards and six touchdowns per season. this place is reserved for jones and jones only.

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