Top 10 Wide Receiver's in the NFL
The hardest part in making this list was keeping out Wes Welker. It wasn't easy. But I couldn't get away without mentioning the guy's name. He's a sneaky, speedy, underneath receiver that make's it very hard for defense's to contain. But skillfully some of the other guy's are just a little bit better.
Some of these guy's are on the downside of their career and are slowly working their way out. But we can not ignore what they've done on a consistent basis over the course of their career's to keep them among the best in the NFL.
Runner Up: Calvin Johnson
I would love to have Calvin Johnson much higher. But with only one solid season it is very hard to have him much higher. Even with mediocre quarterbacks he has put up good numbers and has been a nightmare for defensive backs with his size and speed. Unfortunately, he's on a team that is slowly re-building. If I were starting a franchise today he would be one of my top picks.
Runner Up: Roddy White
Another guy I would love to have higher. It's just too hard to compare with just a few season's under his belt. In time, teaming up with Matt Ryan, there is no reason that he shouldn't be one of the top receivers in the NFL.
Runner Up: Marques Colston
It doesn't hurt to be on the receiving end of Drew Brees, but he has made it hard to believe he was a 7th round pick in 2006.
10: Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall (Baby T.O.) broke Terrell Owens record for most receptions in a game. Following his nickname, he should be on the trading block in 2010. Marshall and Owens will probably be looking for new teams, but I'm sure Marshall will be signed first.
Whether it's been "Guns Slingin" Jay Cutler or the more conservative Kyle Orton, Marshall has been very consistent. In more ways than one...
9: Anquan Boldin
Another receiver that could possibly be on the trading block after the season. Anquan Boldin has been very consistent since coming in to the league in 2003, despite only playing two full seasons and having Larry Fitzgerald to share targets with.
Anquan Boldin holds the record for most receptions by a rookie with 101. He is also second behind Randy Moss in most receiving yards by a rookie with 1,377 yards.
8: Hines Ward
Hines Ward, a savvy veteran, has proven to be one off the best all around receivers. Willing to sacrifice himself for the team, great blocker, and a superb leader.
7: Steve Smith
Don't let his size fool you. At 5'9" Smith has been terrorizing defenses for year's. Being on a run-oriented offense through most of his career, Smith has always been consistent. He is also one of the more emotional players in the league.
6: Chad Ochocinco
Flamboyance and trash-talking aside. Chad Ochocinco is among the best in the game. He's posted 1,000 yards or more in seven out of nine seasons.
5: Reggie Wayne
You can't complain when catching passes from Peyton Manning. Reggie Wayne is quietly one of the best receivers in the game. Living under Marvin Harrison's shadow for most of his career, Wayne has come out and shown he can take the show on his own.
4: Andre Johnson
Andre Johnson is big, fast, and explosive. He has caught 100 passes or more in three of his last four seasons. Without a legitimate receiver on the other side, Johnson still finds a way to elude double-coverages and make big plays. Easily the most valuable player on the Texans.
3: Larry Fitzgerald
Averaging over 1,000 yards and almost 10 touchdowns per season, Larry Fitzgerald is a monster. Making the same case for Fitzgerald, as for Boldin, his production is cut slightly having to share so many targets. But he still manages to make the best out of the balls that come his way.
It was hard not putting Fitzgerald and Johnson at #1 and #2 but the next two guys have a lot more more history.
2: Terrell Owens
Moving to Buffalo left him to career lows in almost every category. However, you can not ignore the fact that even with his troubling remarks, and media antics, he is one of the best in history. Terrell Owens has 144 career touchdowns, third in NFL history behind Randy Moss. He is also third in career receiving yards. Only 259 more yards to take second in career yards from Isaac Bruce.
Over 13 season's Owens has averaged 1,150 yards and 11 touchdowns per season.
1: Randy Moss
This guy is a freak. Over 11 years Randy Moss has averaged 1,315 yards and 13 touchdowns per season. In 2007 Moss broke the single season touchdown record with 23. His 148 career touchdowns is second all-time behind Jerry Rice.