Being a great wide receiver is more than just being able to catch a lot of passes and score a lot of touchdowns.
The best of the best wide receivers are the ones who force defenses to ultimately change the way they play the game. They get open consistently, they catch the ball when it’s thrown to them, they can block, and most importantly, they’re playmakers. They keep defensive coordinators up at night.
Just ask Donovan McNabb about the importance of wide receivers. After three years of falling short with James Thrash and Todd Pinkston, the Philadelphia Eagles reached the Super Bowl in their first year with Terrell Owens.
Tom Brady set the single-season record for passing touchdowns in his first season with Randy Moss, and Joe Montana and Steve Young both benefited greatly from Jerry Rice, arguably the greatest to ever play the game.
Nineteen of the guys on the list are first-rounders. Five are undrafted. Some had careers that were seemingly over several years ago, but they’ve managed to resurrect their NFL life.