With the 2019 NFL Draft over it’s fun to think about some of the top NFL players from their college days. What if they could re-unite with their old teammates or what if they could play with fellow college alums?
To simplify the question further – which school produces the best WR duos? Here is our list of top 6
Oklahoma – Dede Westbrook and Kenny Stills
Penn State – Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin
Ohio State – Michael Thomas and Curtis Samuel
#6. Pittsburgh – Larry Fitzgerald and Tyler Boyd
At 35 years old, Fitzgerald is still going strong and will play with a new rookie quarterback for the second straight season. Boyd, a second round pick in 2016, had a breakout year in 2018, starting 14 games, catching 7 touchdowns, and exceeding 1,000 yards for the first time. He is definitely trending upwards.
#5. USC – Juju Smith-Schuster and Robert Woods
Juju will enter 2019 as the legit #1 option in Pittsburgh with Antonio Brown gone and Woods, after a few challenging years in Buffalo has been playing like a #1 WR in Los Angeles.
Smith-Schuster was 5th in the league in yards (1,426) but only 7 touchdowns due to the presence of Brown and James Connor. Woods caught 12 passes in 4 years in Buffalo, and now has 11 the last 2 years with the Rams. In 2018, he exceed 1,000 yards for the first time in his career (1,219).
#4. California – Keenan Allen and Desean Jackson
Jackson was given the nod over Marvin Jones. D-Jax returns to Philly in 2019. Despite being a bit older now (enters 2019 season 33 years old) he can still fly, averaging 18.9 yards per catch last season, which led the NFL. Allen finished 12th in receptions and 15th in yards, continuing his dominance for the Chargers.
#3. Clemson – Deandre Hopkins and Mike Williams
Clemson is so deep at WR that we left out Sammy Watkins, in favor of Williams, who broke out in a big way with 10 touchdowns in 2018, after catching just 11 passes in total during his 2017 rookie year. Meanwhile, Hopkins is considered the best WR in football and plays with fellow Clemson alum QB Deshaun Watson.
Williams’ lack of experience, just one successful season, is what bumps Clemson duo down to 3 behind these next two schools.
#2. LSU – Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry
In 2013, Beckham and Landry played together at LSU. The Tigers went 10-3 and the two WRs combined for 136 catches, 2,345 yards, and 18 touchdowns. Not bad stats, for a team with Zach Mettenberger at quarterback.
In 2019, they re-unite in Cleveland with Baker Mayfield at QB (who is a slight upgrade over Mettenberger).
#1. Alabama – Julio Jones and Amari Cooper
These men are exception to the rules about drafting WRs in the first round of the NFL Draft. Jones went 6th overall in 2011 and Cooper was 4th in 2015.
They have combined for 9 Pro Bowl appearances. A year after Julio caught just 3 touchdowns in 2017 (his lowest since 2013 when he caught 2 in just 5 games), he bounced back with 8 touchdowns, while Cooper caught 1 in Oakland and 6 in Dallas.