NFL Wide Receiver Rankings

Jake DeWitt

Tier 1

1. Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers)
There’s really no questioning Brown’s status as the top wideout in the NFL. He creates space for himself, drops very few passes, fights for extra yards, hauls in back-shoulder passes as well as deep balls over the top, and is the most consistent pass catcher of his generation.

2. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
Jones could be atop this list, but he is extremely injury prone. He has the speed and size to beat safeties, corners, and linebackers alike. He’s virtually untouchable when healthy.

3. DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans)
Hopkins could be ranked as high as second on this list, but inconsistent quarterback play during his career has limited his production to that of a top-three receiver, not a top-two receiver.

4. AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals)
Again, anyone can make the argument Green belongs in the top three here. His pure size and athleticism make him a prime target for Andy Dalton anywhere on the field. Perhaps what hurts Green in recent memory is his injuries in 2015.

5. Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants)
Nobody makes highlight reel grabs like OBJ, but crucial characteristics of being a great player are poise and leadership. When things aren’t going his way, OBJ tends to let his emotions get the best of him and limit his potential.

6. Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys)
Dez is phenomenal. His hands are as good as any of the five receivers ranked higher than him. Yet, he’s ranked sixth here because injuries, and, like OBJ, he struggles with handling his emotions. Throughout his career he’s contributed to the circus we all simply refer to as “Dallas.”

Tier 2

7. Keenan Allen (San Diego Chargers)
8. Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers)
9. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)
10. Julian Edelman (New England Patriots)
11. Brandon Marshall (New York Jets)
12. Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
13. Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
14. Alshon Jeffrey (Chicago Bears)
15. Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins)
16. Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina Panthers)
17. Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills)
18. Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos)
19. Brandin Cooks (New Orleans Saints)
20. Eric Decker (New York Jets)
21. Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders)
22. TY Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)
23. Michael Floyd (Arizona Cardinals)

Tier 3

24. Allen Hurns (Jacksonville Jaguars)
25. Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers)
26. Jeremy Maclin (Kansas City Chiefs)
27. Martavis Bryant (Pittsburgh Steelers)
28. Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks)
29. Golden Tate (Detroit Lions)
30. Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings)
31. DeSean Jackson (Washington Redskins)
32. Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos)
33. Josh Gordon (Cleveland Browns)
34. Will Fuller (Houston Texans)
35. Jordan Matthews (Philadelphia Eagles)
36. Willie Snead (New Orleans Saints)
37. John Brown (Arizona Cardinals)
38. Michael Crabtree (Oakland Raiders)
39. Sterling Shepard (New York Giants)
40. Donte Moncrief (Indianapolis Colts)
41. DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins)
42. Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
43. Kevin White (Chicago Bears)
44. Marvin Jones (Detroit Lions)
45. Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons)

Tier 4

46. Travis Benjamin (San Diego Chargers)
47. Torrey Smith (San Francisco 49ers)
48. Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans)
49. Tyler Lockett (Seattle Seahawks)
50. Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns)
51. Tavon Austin (Los Angeles Rams)
52. Anquan Boldin (Detroit Lions)
53. Tajae Sharpe (Tennessee Titans)
54. Terrelle Pryor (Cleveland Browns)
55. Mike Wallace (Baltimore Ravens)
56. Steve Smith Sr. (Baltimore Ravens)
57. Victor Cruz (New York Giants)
58. Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins)
59. Terrance Williams (Dallas Cowboys)
60. Ted Ginn Jr. (Carolina Panthers)
61. Markus Wheaton (Pittsburgh Steelers)
62. Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers)
63. Kamar Aiken (Baltimore Ravens)
64. Quincy Enunwa (New York Jets)
65. Danny Amendola (New England Patriots)

Tier 5

66. Eddie Royal (Chicago Bears)
67. Devin Funchess (Carolina Panthers)
68. Kenny Britt (Los Angeles Rams)
69. Laquon Treadwell (Minnesota Vikings)
70. Tyler Boyd (Cincinnati Bengals)
71. Chris Hogan (New England Patriots)
72. Kenny Stills (Miami Dolphins)
73. Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints)
74. Brandon LaFell (Cincinnati Bengals)
75. Jermaine Kearse (Seattle Seahawks)

 

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