NFL Power Rankings 2011: Top 10 Wide Receivers in the NFL
They are arguably the most athletic players on the football field. Whether it's a graceful one-handed catch or blazing by the defense on the sidelines, the wide receiver position gives us many highlights on Sundays.
But who gives us the most highlights? Who is the guy cornerbacks tremble when they are matched up against?
These are the top 10 wide receivers in the NFL today.
10. Marques Colston
This guy is vastly underappreciated because of the offense to which he is linked—an offense that may not have a true No. 1 wide receiver.
But Colston stands out from the crowd with his height and outstanding hands. Other than his third year that was shortened by injury, Colston has been a beast, consistently a lock for 80-plus catches, 1,000-plus yards and at least eight TDs.
This guy is one of the best young receivers in the game.
9. Brandon Marshall
While he was in Denver, Marshall was considered a Top Three wide receiver.
And why not?
In his last three years with the Broncos, Marshall had at least 100 catches and 1,100 yards, not to mention he is the holder of the record for most receptions in a game with an unbelievable 21 catches coming against the Colts in 2009.
Marshall has fallen off a bit since taking his talents to South Beach, but you can't deny that when everything comes together, B-Marsh will return to the top of the league.
8. DeSean Jackson
Some people rip on Jackson for being too one-dimensional.
Well, you know how the saying goes: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Despite being very undersized, Jackson has shown an uncanny ability to get under the ball when it's in the air. He also has arguably the most devastating break off of a route in the NFL.
And by evidence of his walk-off punt return against the Giants last year, the man does have a flair for the dramatic.
Oh yeah, and he is fast. I mean REALLY fast!
7. Santonio Holmes
Was there anyone more clutch than this guy last year?
When you have a wide receiver carry you to victories like Holmes did for the Jets last year, you can't help but love the guy—and rightfully so; Holmes got cashed out this offseason.
Incredible hands and great ability after catch put him among the best in the league. I still can't believe the Jets got him for a fifth-round pick. That is highway robbery!
6. Greg Jennings
In my opinion, that video is the best highlight of Greg Jennings' career.
HE CARRIED THE TEAM ON HIS BACK!!
At the start of the season last year, Jennings was barely noticeable, and some people started to doubt his talents. But when Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley went down with season-ending injuries, Jennings stepped up big time, averaging almost 20 yards per catch for the rest of the season.
Another very underrated player, if Jennings displayed more consistency, top five is not out of the question.
5. Reggie Wayne
I hate when people's only argument against this guy is that he plays with arguably the best QB ever.
That is an outright cop-out.
Wayne is one of the most durable players in the NFL, which helped him crack 10,000 career receiving yards last year. And Wayne is, without a doubt, the best route-runner in the NFL. That skill has allowed him to get behind any secondary in the league.
Wayne has set the bar so high that when he has less than 100 catches, it's a down year.
4. Calvin Johnson
This is the man they call "Megatron."
Why, you ask?
Because never has there been an athlete with a rare blend of speed, size and agility like Calvin Johnson.
Even without a stable quarterback situation since he came into the league, Johnson has been able to have a very successful career so far. Lions fans argue Calvin is at least a Top Two wideout, but he needs to put up the numbers consistently like the guys above him.
Still, nobody can deny he will feast on secondaries for years to come.
3. Roddy White
If you want production and consistency, you want Roddy White.
Relatively quiet in his first two years, White burst onto the scene in his third year and hasn't looked back since. He led the league in receptions with 115 last year. Even without a steady No. 2 wideout to relieve him, "Rowdy" Roddy White has still been able to put up monster numbers.
2. Larry Fitzgerald
Fitz was flying high when Kurt Warner was under center in Arizona, enjoying 1,400-yard, double-digit seasons, and his playoff performance in 2008 was one to be remembered.
But even last year with the likes of Derek Anderson and John Skelton throwing him the ball, Fitzgerald still managed to bring down 90 catches for more than 1,100 yards. His excellent body control and sick playmaking skills place Fitzgerald among the elites not just at his position, but in the entire NFL.
1. Andre Johnson
An argument can be made for many, but Johnson clearly has the best all-around game in the NFL.
He runs every route precisely, he's got game-breaking speed, he catches everything in his vicinity and he rarely loses a one-on-one jump ball in the end zone.
What really sets Johnson apart from other players is his humble demeanor; he never runs his mouth. Johnson just leaves it all on the field and lets his play do the talking.
What Do You Think?
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