Alabama football lands 3 on ESPN's '50 greatest wide receivers of the past 50 years'
On a list that featured Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Steve Largent outside the top 20, Alabama was well represented.
The Crimson Tide tied with LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma State and USC for most players listed.
Heisman trophy winner Devonta Smith ranked third on the list, behind Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss.
Bill Connelly wrote that Smith had a "perfect career" at Alabama, coming full circle from national championship to national championship.
Smith's 235 career catches for 3,965 yards and 46 touchdowns make him a lock at the top of this list.
Amari Cooper ranked No. 25 on the list with 228 catches for 3,463 yards and 31 yards.
In his junior season, Cooper nearly matched his career production to that point with 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Ozzie Newsome ranked No. 39 on the list and was one of the oldest players on the list.
He finished his college career with 102 catches for 2,070 yards and 16 touchdowns.
There was some debate over Newsome's listed position, but since he arrived at the university as a wide receiver and returned punts in his junior and senior season, he was included.
The Snub: Julio Jones
Julio Jones was excluded from ESPN's list of wide receivers, despite the credit he often receives for starting the pipeline at Alabama.
Connelly offered a rationale in his evaluation of Cooper.
"You don't see former Bama star Julio Jones on this list simply because he wasn't asked to do a lot – he averaged under 900 receiving yards per season," Connelly wrote.
But others who failed to meet this criteria made the list, including Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown, who was No. 8.
Brown averaged just 623 receiving yards per season and had five fewer touchdowns than Jones in one more season.
Part of Brown's draw is his ability to run and catch. He finished his career with 442 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
But Jones could run too. In his junior season, he carried the ball eight times for 135 yards and two touchdowns.