Arkansas deep, talented at receiver

It's that time of year again when the debate starts about who's strongest at each of the positions in the SEC.

Spring football's in the air.

There's one position this coming season where there is no debate -- receiver.

Arkansas, in my opinion, has four of the top 10 returning receivers in the league, and the statistics back me up.

In fact, you're not going to find a foursome anywhere else in the country more accomplished than Greg Childs, Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Cobi Hamilton.

Adams and Wright finished among the top 10 receivers in the SEC last season in receiving yards. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Childs, who's the best of the bunch, would have been there, too, had he not blown out his knee.

Childs still finished with six touchdown catches in eight games and probably would have been a guy who looked seriously at turning pro early had he stayed healthy.

But now he's back, and the Hogs are absolutely loaded at receiver.

Everybody knows about the three seniors, but Hamilton also hauled in six touchdown catches last season and was the leader among the Hogs' wide receivers with a 19.7 yards-per-catch average.

Among them, Childs, Adams, Wright and Hamilton combined for 23 touchdown catches last season.

They're all different players, too. Childs has great size and speed. Adams is terrific after the catch. Wright is one of those guys who just gets open and doesn't mind working underneath, and yet, he turned in the fastest 40-yard dash time on the team (4.27) last week.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Hamilton can also get deep and is a difficult cover for smaller cornerbacks.

Keep an eye on sophomore Javontee Herndon, who ran a 4.37 last week, and the youngster the Hogs really like is freshman Marquel Wade, who practiced briefly with the team last preseason and was impressive. An academic snag came up, though, and required that he spend last fall at Milford Academy. He's back this spring.

Here's a chart reflecting the production of the Hogs' top four returning receivers compared to the top four returning receivers on the rest of the SEC teams. It's not even close: