The Top Ten Wide Receivers in the NFL Under 6'0
Making a list of the top ten wide receivers would be too easy. Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall etc etc. It wouldn't be fun.
I've made a list of the top ten little guys that play wideout. Comments would be appreciated. Thanks and enjoy.
This list needed a lot of adjustments after the season started. A few guys moved up and a few dropped.
10. Laveranues Coles
Last year Coles had a good year for the New York Jets. He caught 70 passes for 850 yards and 7 touchdowns.
This year Coles is on the Bengals and the change hasn't been so great. He is not the #1 target anymore with Chad Ochocinco on his team. Through three weeks he has caught 8 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown. However he earns a spot on this list because of the year he had in 2008. Who knows, maybe he'll pull it together before the season's end?
9. Devin Hester-Bears
The Bears drafted Devin Hester as a cornerback (which is why he wears 23) out of Miami. In his rookie season Devin was a dynamic kick returner thanks to his amazing speed. However he didn't catch a pass the whole season.
Now Devin has developed into a good receiver. In 2008 Hester caught 51 passes for 665 yards and 3 scores.
So far this year Devin has caught 13 balls for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
8. Steve Smith (Giants)
Steve Smith had a productive year for the G-men in 2008. He had 57 receptions for 574 yards and a touchdown.
Smith is working on a great year right now. As of now he has 22 receptions for 277 yards and he has already doubled his touchdown total from last year with two. He has really stepped up with the lack of Plaxico Burress.
7. Santana Moss
Santana Moss. What a name first of all! Well Santana is a very productive reliable receiver. Last year he caught 79 passes for 1,044 yards and 6 touchdowns. (not bad when your quarterback is Jason Campbell)
This year Santana has 15 receptions for 219 yards and a touchdown. His one TD was a 57-yarder against Detroit.
6. DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson ended up starting for the Eagles thanks to injuries to starting receivers Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown. He made the most of it. DeSean became one of the only players in the history of the NFL to receive for 100 yards in his first two games.
Jackson finished the year with 62 receptions for 912 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had an amazing one handed grab in the NFC Championship game against Arizona (shown above).
2009 is shaping up like a big season for Jackson. Through week 3 he has tied his touchdown total from last year (both over 60 yards), gone over 100 yards receiving twice, and been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month.
5. Santonio Holmes
Do I even need to write this part about this guy? Come on that touchdown was insane!
Well in 2008 he recorded 55 receptions for 821 yards and 5 touchdowns. This year he has 15 receptions for 232 yards and a score.
He would probably be around 10 if he didn't make that catch.
Eddie Royal had an amazing rookie season last year. He caught 91 balls for 980 yards and 5 touchdowns.
He isn't putting up big numbers this year, but you can blame that on Josh McDaniels for letting Jay Cutler walk out the door. He currently has 6 receptions for 42 yards. Don't let those numbers fool you though, this kid has talent.
3. Greg Jennings
Greg Jennings is only in his fourth season, yet he is already a top flight receiver. Greg caught 80 passes for 1,292 yards and 9 touchdowns. He and Donald Driver give Aaron Rodgers some pretty darn good receivers to throw to.
So far this year Jennings has caught 8 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown.
2. Steve Smith (Panthers)
Steve Smith...wow. This guy really impresses me. He's a very consistent receiver. Year in and year out he is a top-5 wideout. Last year he caught 78 passes for 1,421 yards (an incredible 18.2 avg) and 6 touchdowns.
This year Steve is dealing with a struggling Jake Delhomme. Delhomme has thrown 2 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Smith has 15 receptions for 190 yards.
When Smirh gets the ball in his hands, watch out!
1. Wes Welker
How many times do we hear about Randy Moss? Yes, Randy is the big play guy, but Welker is the guy that gets the tough yards. He's not the one who scores a sixty yard touchdown, he's the first guy Brady looks at when he knows he needs a first down.
Welker's amazing level of consistency is what really blows me away. In 2007 he caught 112 passes for 1,175 yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2008 (without Tom Brady) he caught 111 passes for 1,165 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Well that's it. Hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to disagree and point out guys I missed. Thanks!