Ask yourself: At the end of the 2015 NFL season, who was the best wide receiver in the game?
We're not talking about who made the Pro Bowl or even who got the All-Pro votes. Who was really, truly the best? Forget reputation and forget how much money each player makes. We want cold, hard analysis that comes from watching games and grading players.
That's what the B/R NFL 1000 is for, and it's back for another year.
The B/R 1000 metric is based heavily on scouting each player and grading key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance, with a possible best score of 100.
Potential is not taken into consideration and neither are career accomplishments.
Wide receivers are judged on hands (40 points), route running (40), yards after catch (10) and the overall value of the position relative to other spots on the field (nine). The maximum score for this position is 99.
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.
I, along with a team of experienced evaluators (Dan Bazal, Luke Easterling, Cian Fahey, Duke Manyweather and Marshal Miller) scouted each player with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study by our team.
Editor's note: The slides for Kendall Wright, Willie Snead, Stefon Diggs, Eric Decker, Allen Hurns and Tyler Lockett initially contained analysis taken from NFL.com. Those slides were written by an assistant evaluator and have since been replaced by original analysis from Matt Miller and NFL1000 scouting contributors. We regret the error.