1) Jaylen Samuels-NC State
The multi-purpose “tight end” is a huge part of the Wolfpack offense and his versatility puts pressure on opposing defenses, especially in red zone situations. Last year, Samuels caught 55 passes for 565 yards with a team leading 7 touchdown receptions. He has the speed to carry the football on “fly” sweeps and reverses in the running game. In 2016, he rushed for 189 yards, averaging over 5.5 yards per carry with 6 rushing touchdowns. Expect Samuels to have an even bigger role in 2017.
2) Mark Andrews-Oklahoma
With the loss of leading wide receiver Dede Westbrook, Andrews is the most experienced receiver entering the 2017 season. He has developed a solid relationship with Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield, and could be his main target for 2017, especially in the early part of the season as younger players develop. In 2016, Andrews caught 31 passes for 489 yards with 7 receiving touchdowns.