I know what most of you are thinking: "Come on, man! Really? Maybe you can argue Fitzgerald is better than Andre Johnson, but no way he’s better than Calvin!"
Here’s what we know: All three wide outs possess the unique combination of size, speed and overall play-making ability. And while Andre Johnson is deserving of top three considerations, his durability stands out as the obvious downgrading factor when compared to both Fitzgerald and Megatron.
In comparing Megatron to Fitzgerald, the obvious differences between the two have to favor Johnson. Johnson, who is listed at 6’5”, has a solid two-three inches of height, greater wingspan (6’10”) and runs faster, having clocked a blazing 4.33 40-yard dash at his combine.
However, Fitzgerald plays incredibly fast and his precise timing when leaping for a ball allow him to consistently out jump and make plays over his defenders. So while Johnson definitely has the edge here, the advantage is only slight when compared to Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald on the other hand was clocked at a pedestrian 4.6 during his combine. However, watch his game-play and what you see is a wide receiver that runs perfect routes and has the quickness as well as the knowledge of when and how to use his physical gifts to get consistent separation from his defenders. And if coverage is tight, then simply throw the ball in his vicinity and let him make a play on it. Chances are better than great that if he can land at least one hand on the ball, he’s going to haul it in.
So why again the nod to Fitzgerald over Calvin Johnson?
Simply put, Larry Fitzgerald has the best hands in football. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Fitzgerald has finished in the top eight in lowest drop percentage every year of his career, with the exception being 2009 when he finished ranked 12th.
When it comes to wide receivers, this is guy is the total package.