SEC wide receiver rankings: The top 10 in the league (and the top 5 tight ends) for 2017

We continue our series of SEC player rankings (quarterbacks were first, then running backs) by looking at wide receivers and tight ends.

The SEC has two of the best receivers in the nation, as well as two tight ends who should be extremely productive. But there’s just one returning 1,000-yard receiver, and there are a handful of players on our list who must make the jump from complementary guy to go-to receiver.

Here are the SEC wide receiver rankings for the 2017 season; following the wide receiver rankings, we list the top five tight ends in the league.

Christian Kirk

CHRISTIAN KIRK, by Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports

1. Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk

Particulars: 5 feet 11, 200 pounds, junior
Recruiting background: 5-star prospect in 2015 signing class, from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
The skinny: Kirk has 16 TD catches and five punt-return TDs in his two seasons. The average length of his 16 career TD receptions is 30.3 yards. And while his average catch went for 11.2 yards last season, Kirk had four receptions of at least 50 yards and two of at least 60; both figures were second-most in the league. A&M uses him in a variety of ways: He can be a possession receiver, is dangerous on slant routes and can get deep. Kirk gets raves for his route-running ability, and is both fast and quick. Kirk has 163 receptions in two seasons (already fifth-most in school history), good for 1,937 yards (seventh in school history) and 16 TDs (also seventh). An “average season” – 82 receptions for 969 yards and eight TDs – would enable him to move up to second in receptions, third in yards and third in TDs. He seems all but certain to go pro after the season.

RELATED: Ranking the collective wide receivers, league by league, for the 2017 season

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