The Duel

5 Best NFL Wide Receivers to Ever Come Out of Tennessee

Zach Brunner
Carl Pickens had four 1,000-yard seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Carl Pickens had four 1,000-yard seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. / Mark Lyons/Getty Images

The Tennessee Volunteers have held their own in college athletics, despite not typically being known as a premier sports program in recent years. Still, they have had terrific players go through their football program over the years, with many being able to take the leap into the NFL.

One of the positions the Volunteers have been able to put quality players into the NFL has been at receiver. These are the five best wide receivers to ever come out of Tennessee, in no particular order.

5. Peerless Price (1999-2007)

Drafted in the second round to the Buffalo Bills, Peerless Price played six years of his career in Buffalo. In totality, he started 102 of the 123 games he played, totaling 5,281 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. His best season came in 2002, when he caught 94 passes for 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns.

4. Willie Gault (1983-1993)

Willie Gault was a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1983, where he would win a Super Bowl. He came up huge in the big game, totaling 129 yards on four catches. Gault played five years in Chicago before playing his last six seasons with the Raiders. He started 141 games in his 11-year career, totaling 6,635 yards and 44 touchdowns.

3. Carl Pickens (1992-2000)

Two-time Pro Bowler Carl Pickens was drafted 31st overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he would play eight of his nine NFL seasons. He has 7,129 receiving yards and 63 touchdowns for his career, and four different 1,000-yards seasons. Pickens also led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 1995, with 17.

2. Anthony Miller (1988-1997)

Anthony Miller was a first-round draft pick back for the San Diego Chargers in 1988 (No. 15 overall), and went on to enjoy a wonderful NFL career. He was a five-time Pro Bowler (1989-90, 1992-93, 1995), and he finished his career with the second-most NFL receiving yards among all former Volunteer wide receiver, with 9,148.

1. Stanley Morgan (1977-1990)

Stanley Morgan runs on the field.
Stanley Morgan runs on the field. / Rick Stewart/Getty Images

There really isn't much debate here, as Stanley Morgan takes the top spot on this list. Morgan was the No. 25 overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft, going on to become a four-time Pro Bowler (1979-80, 1986-87), two-time All-Pro (1980, 1986), NFL receiving yards leader (1979) and New England Patriots Hall of Fame member. Morgan has the most receiving TDs (72) and yards (10,716) among all former Tennessee wideouts, and he also set an NFL record 19.2 yards per reception over his career.

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