Dienhart: Ranking the Big Ten’s top 10 wide receivers

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Dienhart: Ranking the Big Ten’s top 10 wide receivers

B1G HIGHLIGHT - Jake Rudock finds Jehu Chesson for the TD to force overtime at Indiana.

Much debate rages about who will be the quarterback at Michigan. Whoever wins the job will be comforted by the fact he’ll throw to two of the Big Ten’s top targets in Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh. In fact, the former heads my ranking of 2016 Big Ten wide receivers.

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Check out my top 10 below.

1. Jehu Chesson, Michigan, Sr. Wolverine insiders say the 6-3, 200-pound Chesson was the most improved player on the team last year. He’s a big play waiting to happen.

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2. Chris Godwin, Penn State, Jr. The 6-1, 208-pound lynchpin of an outstanding wideout corps was No. 2 in the Big Ten in 2015 with 1,101 yards receiving. Godwin is a defense-stretcher.

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3. Simmie Cobbs, Indiana, Jr. The 6-4, 220-pound Cobbs broke out last year with 60 catches for 1,035 yards. The new QB must find him … early and often.

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4. Noah Brown, Ohio State, So. The Buckeyes need the 6-2, 222-pound Brown to rebound from a broken leg that ruined 2015. A monster talent, he could be the league’s best target.

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5. Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska, Sr. A steady hand with underrated speed who just finds ways to get open. The 6-0, 200-pounder needs 53 receptions to be NU’s all-time leader.

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6. Amara Darboh, Michigan, Sr. The 6-2, 215-pound Darboh is an inviting target over the middle and in the red zone.

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7. Levern Jacobs, Maryland, Sr. The 5-11, 198-pound vet will be the best friend of whoever wins the QB job in College Park.

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8. Matt VandeBerg, Iowa, Sr. When the Hawkeyes need a first down, they looked to the 6-1, 185-pound VandeBerg, who made a team-best 65 catches last season.

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9. Saeed Blacknall, Penn State, Jr. The 6-3, 212-pound Blacknall is primed to break out after a modest 19-catch effort in 2015. He was voted most improved offensive player in the spring.

10. Donnie Corley, Michigan State, Fr. A true freshman? Yep. The 6-3, 195-pound Corley is special. He enrolled early and is a freak athlete ready to emerge at a position of need in East Lansing.

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About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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