The most polished receiver of the bunch, Steve Smith may never approach his 2009 campaign, but don't be surprised to see him thought of as one of the best clutch receivers in the game for years to come. He spent most of last year injured but had strong games against Tennessee, Dallas and Houston.
All told, Smith only started seven games, appearing in nine due to injury. His stats (48 catches, 529 yards and three TDs) extrapolated over the season would look something like this: 95 catches, 1100 yards six TDs. He doesn't excel in the deep game, nor does he break many tackles, but when featured (and healthy), Smith is an excellent option because of his knack for making tough catches and use of his body to get that extra yard.
His chemistry with Eli Manning is the strongest of the bunch as well, and Smith helps cover up for Eli when he makes mistakes with his throwing mechanics. That kind of reliability is hard to find, and it elevates both of their games. Though not the biggest receiver, Smith's body control is exceptional and helps make up for his lack of size. As a bonus, he's also a strong blocker in tight field situations. Just a solid receiver all around.
Wide Outs taken ahead of Steve Smith:
Calvin Johnson (Lions. Hall of Fame ability)
Ted Ginn, Jr. (Dolphins. Speed kills... on paper)
Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs. Hard to argue against him)
Bobby Meacham (Saints)
Buster Davis (Chargers)
Anthony Gonzalez (Colts. Boy do they wish they could fix this)
Dwayne Jarrett (Panthers. Last seen with Big foot on a cruise with the Loch Ness Monster)