NFL Power Rankings: Ranking the Top 15 Playoff Wide Receivers

Ross ColemanAnalyst IJanuary 4, 2011

NFL Power Rankings: Ranking the Top 15 Playoff Wide Receivers

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown catch with teammate Braylon Edwards #17 against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (Ph
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    Wide receiver is one of the strongest positions in the NFL playoffs this year. Nearly every team has at least one elite receiver.

    Which receivers are the best?

    Which teams have more than one stud pass catcher?

    Read on to see where your favorite team's receivers rank and please let us know what you think.

15. Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20:  Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears scores a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Regular Season Stats: 51 receptions, 960 yards, five touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Johnny Knox has been the leading receiver this year for the Chicago Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler. He is a big-play guy who helps spread the field.

    However, the Bears are at their best when Cutler is able to spread the ball to a bunch of different receivers and not just force it into Knox.

14. Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens l
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    Regular Season Stats: 61 receptions, 802 yards, seven touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Over his 14-year career, Derrick Mason has been a model of consistency. While he might not have the flashy numbers that he has had in the past, he has adjusted to being one of the better No. 2 receivers in the entire NFL.

    He is one of the most reliable receivers in the playoffs this year and that will help his young quarterback, Joe Flacco.

13. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for yards after the catch against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Regular Season Stats: 70 receptions, 964 yards, 10 touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: The Philadelphia Eagles have been at their best when they are able to get big plays on offense. Jeremy Maclin helps the Eagles in that department.

    He has formed a great receiving duo with DeSean Jackson and the two will help the Eagles rack up a ton of yards in the playoffs.

12. Santonio Holmes, NY Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 02:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets completes a touchdown reception against Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills at New Meadowlands Stadium on January 2, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Gett
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    Regular Season Stats: 52 receptions, 746 yards, six touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Despite missing the first four games of this season because of injury, Santonio Holmes has put up great numbers and has been one of the best receivers in the AFC.

    The former Super Bowl MVP has a ton of playoff experience and he will be one of the most helpful receivers in these playoffs.

11. Deion Branch. New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06:  Deion Branch #84 of the New England Patriots scores on a 25-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (P
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    Regular Season Stats: 61 receptions, 818 yards, six touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Deion Branch is another former Super Bowl MVP who will be a big help in these playoffs.

    Coming back to New England was probably the best thing to happen to Branch since he was drafted by the Patriots. He is a target that Tom Brady trusts and he will be a factor at some point during the playoffs.

10. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs outruns Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans after making a catch on a 75 yard touchdown play during the game on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City
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    Regular Season Stats: 72 receptions, 1162 yards, 15 touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Every Kansas City fan is screaming at me right now for putting Dwayne Bowe this low on the list. However, I have a reason.

    Yes, I think Bowe is a great talent and he will be one of the better receivers in the league for the next decade, but he is still young and I want to see him do it in the playoffs before I move him up on the list.

9. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a pass to score a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the game at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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    Regular Season Stats: 64 receptions, 837 yards, seven touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List:  After acquiring Anquan Boldin this offseason, the Ravens thought they had all the pieces to be one of the best offenses in the country.

    While he hasn't exactly lit the world on fire, he will be much better for the Ravens next season when he has had a season under his belt. In the playoffs, he has enough experience that he will assuredly help Joe Flacco.

8. Braylon Edwards, NY Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 02:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets makes a third quarter touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at New Meadowlands Stadium on January 2, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Regular Season Stats: 53 receptions, 904 yards, seven touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: While Braylon Edwards has had a tendency to drop some balls at times, he is one of the best receivers at attacking the ball in the air. Teamed with Santonio Holmes, Edwards will provide a great one-two punch for young quarterback Mark Sanchez in the playoffs.

    He is also in a contract year so a big playoffs could mean a nice payday this offseason.

7. Wes Welker, New England Patriots

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Zack Bowman #35 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Patriots beat the Bears 36-7.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
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    Regular Season Stats: 86 receptions, 848 yards, seven touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Wes Welker has to be among the toughest players in the NFL. Last year, the small receiver torn ligaments in his knee. Most thought the injury would keep Welker out for all of training camp and it could affect him for most of this season.

    However, Welker was out at practice and ready to go. He is Tom Brady's safety blanket and he will have an impact on these playoffs.

6. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 21:  Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown after running over Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks at Louisiana Superdome on November 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Im
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    Regular Season Stats: 84 receptions, 1,023 yards seven touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: During his five-year career in New Orleans, Marques Colston has been one of the best receivers in the NFL. He has only been under 70 receptions once, he has only been under 1,000 yards once and he has only been under seven touchdowns once.

    Colston is also one of the few receivers on this list that has a Super Bowl ring.

5. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 23:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the game on December 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Ima
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    Regular Season Stats: 60 receptions, 1,257 yards, 10 touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: The only thing keeping Mike Wallace from being higher on this list is the fact that this is his first year as a top tier receiver. That isn't to say he won't be among the best around from here on out, but I need to see more consistency from him and I need to seem him do it in the playoffs.

    However, I will say that Wallace is one of the funnest players to watch this year.

4. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers catches the ball for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January
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    Regular Season Stats: 76 receptions, 1,265 yards, 12 touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Greg Jennings has been one of the best go-to receivers in the NFL over the past five years. He is quarterback Aaron Rodgers' primary target at receiver and he is one of the more physical receivers in the NFL.

    If you looked up 'attacking the ball' in the air in the dictionary, Jennings' picture would be there.

3. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 09:  Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a pass while defended by Cortland Finnegan #31  of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL game at LP Field on December 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Get
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    Regular Season Stats: 111 receptions, 1,355 yards, six touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Reggie Wayne and the Colts have not had a successful season by their high standards. However, they are back in the playoffs for the ninth straight season. Wayne is a big reason for their success.

    He has been a steady target for Peyton Manning and he will continue to be the top target for the Colts this postseason.

2. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles eludes Matt Dodge #6 of the New York Giants and returns a punt for the winning touchdown as time runs out defeating the Giants 38-31 during their game on December 19, 2010 a
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    Regular Season Stats: 47 receptions, 1,056 yards, six touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: DeSean Jackson has been one of the biggest playmakers during this NFL season. His punt return against the New York Giants just a few short weeks ago shows how dangerous he can be in the open field.

    If the Eagles are going to advance in the playoffs, Jackson needs to be a big part of what the Eagles do on offense.

1. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a pass during warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty I
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    Regular Season Stats: 115 receptions, 1,389 yards, 10 touchdowns

    Why He Gets On The List: Roddy White is one of the most underrated players in the NFL. In fact, if you don't play fantasy football, it's entirely possible that you don't know who White is. Well he is currently first in the NFL in receptions, second in yards and seventh in touchdown catches.

    He is also part of a three-headed monster in Atlanta along with quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner.

    If Atlanta is going to advance out of the NFC, White will be a big part of their success.

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