Who’s the best wide receiver in college football?
Mike Williams from Clemson, right? If you look at any recent mock draft, the 6-foot-3 play-maker from the national champions is going in the first round consistently. Some even have him going in the top-10.
If you look at Pro Football Focus’ grades, though, you’ll see a receiver from the B1G.
Top-graded WRs in college football
Austin Carr, Northwestern, 89.4
Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma, 87.9
Zay Jones, ECU, 87.8
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) January 14, 2017
Williams may have impressed the country with his effort against Alabama in particular, but it was Northwestern’s Austin Carr who graded out as the top pass-catcher in the country. Carr was a senior this past season, recording 90 catches for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns.
One can say that Carr came out of nowhere, as prior to 2016, he only caught 23 passes for two touchdowns. Carr also didn’t receive a single FBS offer coming out of high school, yet he topped the 100-yard mark in six games this past season.
Many are projecting him as a slot receiver at the next level, at 6-foot-1. If analytics have anything to do with Carr’s success at the next level, the Wildcat will be making a good living catching the pigskin.