Whether it's due to the scoring changes over the past few seasons or a result of the more complex offenses that are now common in the NFL, there's no denying that the pass is king in the National Football League.
Long touchdown strikes are now much more rule than exception.
The proliferation of the passing game in the NFL also means that having a vertical threat at wide receiver is more important to NFL franchises than ever. The teams that possess some the game's best bomb-catchers have a definite leg up on the competition.
In the interest of fairness, we looked at 2011 statistics for wideouts with at least 40 receptions. While some of the names that are (or aren't) on this list may surprise you according to that benchmark, here are the top 10 deep threats in the NFL this season.