Monday, May 20, 2013

Top 5 Wide Receivers in the NFL

1. Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions

This is a no brainier.  Calvin Johnson is undoubtedly the best wide receiver in the game today.  Johnson broke the single season receiving yards record in 2012.  Johnson is truly a physical specimen, he stands at 6-5 and weighs 230lbs.  You'd think he wouldn't be able to burn cornerbacks at his size, but he certainly does.  Johnson's route-running isn't perfect, but he certainly knows how to hide his routes from defensive backs.  He's one of the most dominant wide receivers the NFL has ever seen.  

2. Andre Johnson - Houston Texans

Andre Johnson has been one of the NFL's best wideouts for many of years.  Johnson is a master route-runner; nobody in the league can touch him in that aspect.  He's not as fast as he once was, but he still possesses adequate speed.  Johnson bounced back from a injury-ridden 2011 to produce over 1,500 yards receiving in 2012.  Johnson, after a decade in the NFL has shown no signs of slowing down. 

3. A.J. Green - Cincinnati Bengals

Green is only a two year pro, but has already proven to be one of the best. Green is another phenomenal route-runner, he displays some of the best footwork at the wide receiver position.  Green does not possess elite speed, but will make plays after the catch if given the space.  Green is one of the best jump-ball receivers in the league, and shows off the ability to make all the tough catches.  A.J. Green is going to have a long successful career.  

4. Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons

White is one of my personal favorite wide receivers in the league.  White is consistently great, and his hands are some of the best in the league.  Roddy is the NFL's best possession receiver.  He's not going to beat you deep, but he'll attack you underneath. Julio Jones may get a lot of the attention, but White is definitely the best Falcon receiver.   

5. Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals

Throw out the stats from 2012, Fitzgerald is still in the top tier of receivers.  Fitzgerald had to deal with a couple of poorly bad quarterbacks in 2012.  Fitzgerald is a great route-runner, he gets in and out of his breaks perfectly.  He's not overly fast, but if you give him space he can break off a big gain.  If he produces more in 2013, Fitzgerald could go back up in these rankings.  

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