CFL free agent rankings: American receivers

As we approach the opening of CFL free agency on Tue., Feb. 13, 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk, Drew Edwards and John Hodge are ranking every player potentially available by position. Check out the podcast below for the reasoning behind their decisions. Here are the American receivers and be sure to check out our quarterback rankings.

1. S.J. Green, TOR
Age: 32
Starts in 2017: 18
Key stats: 104 catches, 1,462 yards, 10 TDs, 14.1 yard per catch average
Notes: Green has indicated he wants to return to Toronto – he’s been with GM Jim Popp his entire career – but will money (and concerns about age and injury history) be a sticking point?

2. Diontae Spencer, OTT
Age: 25
Starts in 2017: 18
Key stats: 71 catches, 922 yards, 929 punt return yards (2nd in CFL)
Notes: Spencer’s age and special teams contributions will make him highly sought after if he makes it to the open market (and doesn’t sign with an NFL team.) In three CFL seasons, he’s improved every year.

3. Luke Tasker, HAM
Age: 27
Starts in 2017: 18
Key stats: 104 catches, 1,167 yards, 37 catches for a first down (3rd in CFL)
Notes: Tasker has been talking to the Ticats about an extension and likely wants to stay close to his Buffalo home. He doesn’t have the physical gifts of some of the guys on this list but he’s got two 1,000-yard seasons in four years.

4. DaVaris Daniels, CAL
Age: 25
Starts in 2017: 13
Key stats: 47 catches, 743 yards, 15.8-yard per-catch average (4th in the CFL)
Notes: The latest product of the receiver factory in Calgary, Daniels had 885 yards in 11 games in 2016 to go along with his solid sophomore campaign. The only concern about Daniels is whether he can stay healthy for a whole season, something he’s yet to do.

5. DeVier, Posey TOR
Age: 27
Starts in 2017: 12
Key stats: 52 catches, 744 yards, 100-yard TD catch in the Grey Cup
Notes: A little older than some of the other guys on this list and without a full season to his credit, Posey’s MOP performance in the Argos’ championship win likely helped his stock. Still unlikely to command the money (or responsibility) of a No. 1 receiver.

6. Vidal Hazelton, EDM
Age: 30
Starts in 2017: 11
Key stats: 55 catches, 709 yards, 4 TDs
Notes: Solid numbers given he played in just 11 games but had the advantage of playing on a team absolutely stacked with receiving talent.

7. Juron Criner, OTT
Age: 28
Starts in 2017: 6
Key stats: 18 catches, 201 yards, 3 TDs, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
Notes: Injuries have limited Criner to just 12 games over the past two seasons but Dunk’s convinced he’s ready for a breakout season if he gets the right opportunity. Guys with his size are rare finds in the CFL.

8. Nick Moore, BC
Age: 31
Starts in 2017: 12
Key stats: 37 catches, 547 yards, 2 TDs
Notes: There was a time when Moore was one of the most sought-after CFL free agents, signing a big-money deal with Winnipeg in 2014. But injuries, age and underwhelming numbers have hurt his stock.

9. Jeff Fuller, TOR
Age: 27
Starts in 2017: 9
Key stats: 24 catches, 287 yards, 1 TD, 47% catch-per-target ratio
Notes: Fuller tried the NFL in 2016 after three seasons in Calgary, more on the strength of his size (6-foot-4, 223 pounds) than his numbers (14 GP, 47 catches, 619 yards.) He returned to the CFL but has been largely a non-factor due to injury. So much potential…

10. Jasper Collins, HAM
Age: 26
Starts in 2017: 4
Key stats: 16 catches, 186 yards 1 TD
Notes: He has never been able to establish himself in three seasons with the Ticats with just 18 games played over that span. Not particularly big or fast but has some savvy to him.

11. Clarence Denmark, WIN
Age: 32
Starts in 2017: 18
Key stats: 58 catches, 608 yards, 7 TDs
Notes: He’s got better numbers than some of the other guys on this list and a 1,000-yard season on his resume (in 2014) but Denmark’s production tailed off with just five catches in his last four games. At 32, how much does he have left?

12. Jamill Smith, EDM
Age: 26
Starts in 2017: 0
Key stats: 24 catches, 220 yards, 9.2-yard punt return average
Notes: Listed at 5-foot-6, 155 pounds, Smith has played in 30 games over four seasons with Ottawa and Edmonton as a receiver and return man. He had 14 catches over his last two regular-season games in 2017. More of a return option than receiver.

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