2014 NFL Draft: Highlighting the Top 10 Wide Receivers

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2014 NFL Draft: Highlighting the Top 10 Wide Receivers
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In today's NFL, to have a truly great offense, you need great wide receivers. Period.

They are the soul-crushers of a defense and the chess pieces for offensive coordinators to make or break each week. They're game-changers. They're playmakers. They're the guys for whom your defensive coordinator stays up all night scheming, trying to find a way to shut down a 6'5", 230-pound nightmare with 4.4 speed. 

In the 2014 draft class, there is a lot to like at wide receiver: speed, size, a little of both, a lot of both and everything in between. The best receiver in this class isn't 5'9" and a player for whom you must scheme touches.

No, the best players in this class demand the ball. They go for it. 

What do scouts want from a wide receiver? Speed—a lot of it—but also the strength to outposition defenders for the ball. They want that Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones build. They want Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery going up to high-point the ball. They want Dez Bryant's strength before and after the catch. They want A.J. Green's route running.

Want to scout receivers? Our "How to Scout" series breaks it all down.

But if you just want to sit back and enjoy great football, these 10 wide receivers in the draft are a fine place to start.

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