The NFL draft is in the books and the annual spring games have come to an end across the Big Ten and it is time to start diving into who to watch and what to expect during the 2022 season. We already dove into the top five returning rushers and the top five returning passers in the Big Ten, but the top five returning receivers may be even more interesting.

Despite the Big Ten having a reputation for strong running games and low-scoring contests, there are a few receivers returning that sure know how to find the endzone. The top five returning receivers should be obvious, but a few may surprise you.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) heads past Michigan Wolverines linebacker David Ojabo (55) after a catch during the second quarter of their NCAA college football at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mi on November 27, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

It shouldn’t be surprising that Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the leading receiver in the Big Ten, but what is surprising is that Smith-Njigba was the leading receiver in the conference last season despite playing with Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. Smith-Njigba tallied 1,594 receiving yards.

Jayden Reed, Michigan State

Michigan State receiver Jayden Reed is defended by defensive back Marqui Lowery during the spring practice on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at Spartan Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

The Michigan State offense revolved around Kenneth Walker, but the passing offense is expected to be the main focus and Jayden Reed was a big reason why. Reed finished fifth in the Big Ten last season with 1,026 receiving yards.

Rakim Jarrett, Maryland

Dec 29, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (5) runs with the ball as Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Keonta Jenkins (33) tackles during the…



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