Rejoice, football fans! It’s only two weeks until the 2012 NFL season kicks off, and everyone’s getting a little bit antsy for the first glimpse of their favorite teams. It’s time for many fans to gather for their fantasy and rotisserie league drafts and to determine which establishment to watch the big games at on Sundays.
It’s almost football season.
The wide receiver position has become just as valuable as the running back position in the NFL—something many NFL players and fans alike never could have dreamt of even 15 years ago. NFL teams are passing the ball with much greater frequency these days.
Only two teams in the entire NFL last season ran the ball more than they passed. The Giants and Patriots, Super Bowl competitors from one year ago, both passed approximately 60 percent of the time last season. Not exactly the 50-50 balance that most teams used to covet to keep defenses guessing.
NFL wide receivers come in all shapes and sizes. Tall, physical receivers like Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones are dynamic, physical specimens but no more valuable to their teams than diminutive, explosive pass-catchers like Wes Welker and Steve Smith.
This article marks the third installment in my series reviewing the NFL’s top players at each of the offensive skill positions. I will also include the tight end position in my final installment, which has become a skill position in its own right.
For now, here are your top 10 wide receivers in the NFL entering the 2012 season.