As we have seen year after year, the SEC consistently produces offensive weapons who jump off the screen, ultimately taking the nation by storm.
1) Najee Harris - Alabama
It is no mistake that Harris is an all-around back who has produced. The Crimson Tide’s offensive success will be contingent upon Harris’ play. Harris posted a career-high 1224 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground in 2019.
At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Harris is a power runner. As last year was his first in a starting role, Harris should post similar numbers in 2020. While he is lethal downhill, Harris is formidable in the receiving game, having caught 27 balls for 304 yards and seven touchdowns. Look for Harris to be all over the field, fill the stat line, and take advantage of every opportunity that comes his way.
2) Kylin Hill - Mississippi State
Almost identical to Harris, Hill also boasts an all-around game and prides himself on versatility. And while he may be a bit smaller in size, Hill’s combination of power and speed has proven to be a problem for opposing defenses.
Hill ran for 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. Expect him to be used in many schemes as both a runner and receiver in an air-raid offense, but not run into the ground as seen under the stewardship of former coach Joe Moorhead. Under Leach, Hill is sure to shine and have his way from the getgo.
3) DeVonta Smith - Alabama
Along with the best hands in college football, Smith is a deadly deep threat. And though his route-running needs work, Smith will be a monster along the sidelines.
At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Smith is an athletic skywalker. He hauled in 68 receptions for 1,256 yards and fourteen touchdowns. Smith will be at the forefront of the Crimson Tide’s receiving corps along with speedster Jaylen Waddle. Look for Smith to cause problems all season long.
4) K.J. Costello — Mississippi State
Costello is an experienced and talented signal caller in prime position to have his best year in Leach’s air-raid system. Though his 2019 season was cut short, he still completed 102 passes for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns. These numbers are sure to skyrocket given the multitude of weapons at his disposal, most notably Hill, along with wideouts Osirus Mitchell, JaVonta Payton, and Austin Williams.
It is a quarterback’s league, and Costello has the skills to lead a good offense with promise. If able, the Bulldogs should have a more than a respectable season.
5) George Pickens — Georgia
Coming off a breakout freshman year, Pickens has asserted himself as one of the nation’s best wideouts. While he will not have star quarterback Jamie Newman throwing him the football, Pickens is talented enough to flourish with JT Daniels at the helm.
Pickens, like Smith, can sky and jump off the screen. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Pickens is a threat anywhere on the field. As a freshman, he posted 729 yards and eight touchdowns off 49 receptions. He started all 14 games. With a skill set like his, Pickens will garner the attention of every defensive coordinator.
As it pertains to the Bulldogs, Hill, and Costello should be on point throughout the season. Big things to come from the Bulldogs 2020 offense.