Depth chart prediction for Michigan football wide receivers in 2020

There is plenty of uncertainty for college football in 2020, but this week on Maize n Brew, we are beginning our preseason coverage at specific positions pertaining to the Michigan Wolverines. Today, we analyze the wide receiver position.Before he was the offensive coordinator at Michigan, Josh Gattis was one of the better wide receiver coaches in the country. He is credited for developing some very talented receivers like Chris Godwin and Jerry Jeudy . In his first year in Ann Arbor, Gattis came close to having a couple guys get over the 1,000-yard mark in Ronnie Bell and Nico Collins. So what will happen with the group in year twoDonovan Peoples-Jones is off to the NFL and Tarik Black is now at Texas Tru Wilson Jersey, but Gattis and company have plenty to look forward to at the position in 2020. There is a ton of talent here, and plenty of guys for the quarterbacks to throw the ball to.Here is my depth chart prediction for one of the deepest positions at U-M.WR1 Nico Collins, SRCollins is back for his senior season and is one of Michigan best weapons on offense. After breaking out his sophomore season https://www.wolverinesfanstore.com/103-Wolverines_Andy_Maddox_Jersey, Collins began to pull ahead of the rest of the bunch in 2019, going off for 729 yards and seven touchdowns. And if he wasn catching touchdowns or picking up huge chunk plays, he was drawing pass interference penalties nine of them to be exact.Not much really needs to be said here, but the Birmingham, Alabama native is Michigan best wide receiver. I mean, the program let him switch to the No. 1 jersey for a reason. His decision to come back could translate to him having a monster senior season.Backup to WR1 Cornelius Johnson, SOA modest freshman campaign could very well lead to a breakout season for Johnson, as it did for Collins when he was learning the ropes.Playing in 12 games, Johnson caught four passes last season for 61 yards and one touchdown. He wasn on the field too much because of the guys in front of him, but he has a shot to make a bit of noise in 2020. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from Greenwich, Connecticut is a shoe-in to replace Collins on the outside in 2021, so what better time than now to get him more seasoning before he is heavily relied on next seasonWR2 Ronnie Bell, JRThe former two-star recruit from Kansas City, Missouri collected 48 catches for 758 yards and one touchdown in 2019. A pretty solid step up from his freshman year, when he had just eight catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Bell gives the passing game a different dynamic as a guy who can make guys miss and rack up yards after the catch. In fact, Pro Football Focus listed Bell as the Big Ten best YAC receiver in 2019, with a 9.9 yards after catch average. Solidly locked in as a starter, Bell should pick up right where he left off a season ago. Look for Bell to consistently be on the field for the Wolverines moving forward.Backup to WR2 Roman Wilson, FRThe first of two true freshmen on this list, Wilson is an absolute blazer. He ran a verified 4.37 40-yard dash and a 3.96 shuttle time in high school. Those are insane numbers, and with that comes a ton of potential. The Hawaii native is already faster than Bell, but can he do what Bell does so well and pick up a ton of yards after the catch That what Gattis wants to do with his receivers when they get in space https://www.wolverinesfanstore.com/160-Wolverines_Zach_Charbonnet_Jersey, so we will find out soon enough.WR3 Giles Jackson, SO Mike Sainristil, SOThe two speedsters both had a solid first season in college, and I believe they will get a pretty even split heading into 2020.Jackson, who is also the kickoff returner, played in all 13 games and had nine receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown, including four catches for 57 yards against Alabama in the Citrus Bowl. He is someone I loved coming out of high school, and he proved his worth from the get-go.Meanwhile, it took Sainristil a bit longer to get going despite having a good amount of hype last offseason. He finished the year with eight catches for 145 yards and one touchdown.If there is one guy who could pull ahead of the other, I think it Jackson. He is a highly-skilled guy who can line up in the slot or in the backfield, and make guys miss in more than one way. That versatility could put him ahead of Sainristil on the depth chart Leon Franklin Jersey, but for now I have it as an even race. Regardless, both should see the field often in 2020.Backup to WR3 A.J. Henning, FRThe second true freshman on this list, Henning has a shot to make contributions on offense and special teams right off the bat.Henning, Michigan highest ranked player in its 2019 class https://www.wolverinesfanstore.com/137-Wolverines_Mahdi_Hazime_Jersey, was well-regarded coming out of high school in Illinois. He played both wide receiver and running back and put up monster stats in both departments his senior season 808 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, 52 catches for 815 yards and 13 touchdowns.His production, along with his 4.46 40-yard dash and 4.08 shuttle, should get him on the field early and often as a freshman. Gattis could use Henning in multiple ways in the offense, much like they did with Jackson last season, and I am excited to see exactly how he will fit in Michigan offense.