Editor's note: This is the ninth installment in Bleacher Report's NFL 1000 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through April 24, with NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the NFL 1000 page for more rankings.
Can any NFL wide receiver challenge Calvin Johnson as the best in the game? That was the question we asked when setting out to evaluate, grade and rank the top 100 wide receivers in the league. The answer? Well, you’ll see.
Regardless of who is No. 1, who comes in at No. 2? That argument is just as heated. Do you want a technician like Larry Fitzgerald, or a super-productive threat like Josh Gordon? And how about the monsters in Chicago, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery?
That’s what the NFL 1000 aims to identify. Throw out the narratives and the fantasy football stats and dig into the film. Then we’ll see who comes out on top.
The B/R 1000 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance, on a 100-point scale.
Potential is not taken into consideration. Nor are career accomplishments.
Wide receivers are judged on hands (50 points), route running (30), speed (20) and all the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to play the position.
In the case of ties, our team asked, "Which player would I rather have on my team?" and set the rankings accordingly.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
Each player was scouted by me and a team of experienced evaluators, with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study from our team.