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Southern Pigskin's top five SEC pass catching units for 2018.

1. Ole Miss: A.J. Brown is a true superstar on the perimeter, fresh off leading the SEC in receiving yards with 1,252 and tying for the lead in touchdowns with 11. Since 2000, no league wide receiver has as many 150-yard games in a single season as Brown did a year ago with five. From making defenders miss, to stretching the field, to winning jump balls with his strength, there is nothing Brown can't do. A prototype at 6'4'', D.K. Metcalf burst onto the national scene as a redshirt freshman in 2017 with 646 yards. Including the start to his true freshman season, he has nine scores in 14 career games. Senior DaMarkus Lodge had 41 catches and seven touchdowns last year and is another top target. Throw in reliable tight end Dawson Knox and the Rebels might have the best collection of pass-catchers in all of college football. Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu will have a plethora of weapons with which to work.

2. South Carolina: A healthy Deebo Samuel is as good as it gets. In his last four games, Samuel has 29 receptions for 451 yards and four touchdowns. As a versatile playmaker, overall, he also has three rushing touchdowns, three kickoff returns for score and a passing touchdown over his last six outings. Though Samuel has played in just 18 games to date, he and C.J. Spiller are the only power five players this millennium to score at least five times receiving, seven times rushing, three times on a kickoff return and once through the air. Get ready to see plenty more of the Jake Bentley-to-Samuel-connection. Bryan Edwards, at 6'3'' 216 pounds, has 108 catches and nine touchdowns in two years. Additionally, OrTre Smith and Shi Smith combined for 59 grabs as freshmen.

3. Missouri: Albert Okwuegbunam, the athletic prototype at 6'5'', 260 pounds, is arguably the premier tight end in the game. He tied for the SEC lead with eleven touchdown receptions as a true freshman. The attention he now demands in the middle of the field will only open up coverages more for the talent on the outside. For wideouts who had more than 25 receptions in 2017, Emanuel Hall led the nation with 24.7 yards per catch and is, quite clearly, an explosive downfield playmaker. He had over 100 yards and two touchdowns in two of the Tigers' final three regular season games this past year. Johnathan Johnson, who often lines up in the slot, is another big play threat who averages almost 18 yards per reception for his career. Veteran Nate Brown recorded 27 catches back in 2015.

4. Georgia: Known more the last couple of years for the production of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, the Bulldogs have big-time playmakers on the perimeter as well. Senior Terry Godwin is a clutch, sure-handed target with 111 grabs for his career. Godwin made one of the absolute catches of the season last fall at Notre Dame, doing his best Odell Beckham, Jr. impersonation in the endzone. Speedster Mecole Hardman came on strong late a year ago, including scoring twice in the national championship game versus Alabama, once on a 80-yard heave from Jake Fromm. Riley Ridley, Calvin's younger brother, has a lot of upside. Tight end Isaac Nauta has all of the tools and should become a more consistent part of the offense moving forward.

5. Alabama: Already, DeVonta Smith is a name everyone knows. His stunning game-winning touchdown catch in the College Football Playoff Final came with instant legend status and a permanent place in Crimson Tide lore. What's remarkable about Smith is, he also had the dramatic game-winning grab at Mississippi State a few games prior. The super-talented trio of Smith, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, who led Alabama with six touchdowns in 2017, are all poised for breakout sophomore seasons. Tight ends Hale Hentges and Irv Smith, Jr. are both major redzone threats. Of the incoming freshmen, Jaylen Waddle has some shake.