Dwayne Bowe. Eddie Royal. Roddy White.
These are a few wideouts that surprised a lot of people in 2008.
However, it is now 2009 and the NFL season is nearly upon us.
I will now try to figure out the five wide receivers that I think will be this years surprises.
A few players that came up just short of making my list include Chris Henry, Bobby Wade, and Miles Austin to name a few.
Jordy Nelson is a talented wide-out for the Packers, but is mostly unknown because they have Pro Bowlers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver reeling in most of the passes.
Nelson has had a very solid preseason, and although wont put up Andre Johnson numbers, he could end up well around 700 yards receiving and five or six TD's.
Chansi Stuckey produced a solid 2008 season. A season that many analysts didn't expect from him.
But with the departure of former QB Brett Favre, it is entirely possible he won't improve on his stats.
However, with young quarterback Mark Sanchez, Stuckey could find himself as the No. 1 target.
Its hard to figure out if the Jets will be any good this season or not, but regardless, Stuckey has the potential to put up close to 1,000 yards and half a dozen touchdowns.
With the departures of Plaxico Burress and ageless wonder Amani Toomer, Smith looks to see a lot of passes this season.
The Giants have a solid running game, but if they are going to be successful through the air, Smith is going to be a big part of it.
He should easily record 1,000 yards. But due to the aforementioned ground game, Smith's TD total may only reach four or five at best.
Yes, Ginn had a very solid rookie season gaining nearly 800 receiving yards. But he has still yet to reach his true potential, and playing for the Dolphins can have that effect.
Look for Ginn to surpass 1,000 yards and triple his 2008 TD total of two.
Many have probably heard of Anthony Gonzalez, but the talented wide receiver has really yet to blossom in the NFL.
However, Gonzalez is now the No. 2 wide-out in Indy, and with teams paying a lot of attention to Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, he should have himself a very impressive season.
Expect him to easily surpass 1,000 yards and put up a minimum of eight TDs.