Now that Gridiron Fanatic has listed the best wide receivers in each of the eight divisions of the National Football League, it is time to rank them along with other players that did not make the list.
1. Antonio Brown
Without any doubt, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is the best wide receiver in the National Football League right now. He is one of the main reasons why the Pittsburgh Steelers have made the postseason in the highly competitive AFC North two years in a row. On top of that, if he did not suffer the concussion against the Bengals in the wild-card round of the playoffs, the Steelers would have ruined Peyton Manning’s quest for his second Super Bowl Title.
2. Julio Jones
Ever since being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft, wide receiver Julio Jones has been Matt Ryan’s number one target. Jones continues to get better in each of the five seasons that he has been in the National Football League. He was on his way to having another breakout year in 2013, but he missed the remainder of the season with a fractured foot. If the acquisition of Mohamed Sanu turns out to be a successful signing, the Falcons offense could give opposing defenses fits this upcoming season.
3. Brandon Marshall
No matter who the quarterback is, this guy will continue to put up numbers and have an impact on the team that he is a part of. However; he could revert to the old Brando Marshall if Geno Smith fails to deliver.
4. Odell Beckham Jr.
He joins Derek Jeter and Lawrence Taylor as the next superstar athlete to call the “Big Apple” home. Will he be able to provide a fifth Super Bowl Title to New York, we shall see.
5. DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins picked up right where former Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson left off as the go-to-guy in Houston. Now let’s hope that the Texans front office do not waste the prime years of this young man’s career like they did with Johnson.
6. A..J. Green
Wide receiver A.J. Green is what makes the difference for the Bengals offense. Colin Cowherd said it best when stated that “Andy Dalton has been given the keys to drive a Mercedes Benz in Cincinnati, he just has not crashed it yet.”
7. Allen Robinson
The fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars finally have something to look forward to, as the Bortles to Robinson connection was in full effect last season. Robinson finished 6th in the league with 1,400 receiving yards and 14 touchdown receptions. Can this combination repeat what they did last season, we shall find out real soon?
8. Demaryius Thomas
2015 was somewhat of a down year for Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. However; he still managed to finish 7th in the league with 1,304 receiving yards and 104 receptions. DT’s patience will be tested this season because he will have the on and off again Mark Sanchez as his starting quarterback.
9. Larry Fitzgerald
At the age of 32, Larry Fitzgerald still shows that he can be a dominant force in the National Football League. He showed everyone that he still has what it takes to make things happen in the 2015-2016 Divisional Playoff Round against the Packers.
10. Jarvis Landry
Last year Jarvis Laundry solidified himself as the number one target for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Laundry hauled in 110 receptions to go with 1,157 receiving yards. As of right now, he is the second best receiver in the AFC East behind Brandon Marshall.
11. Doug Baldwin
Last season, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin proved that he is capable of being the number one option for quarterback Russell Wilson to throw the football too. Baldwin had career highs in touchdowns (14) and received yards (1,069). Expect an even better season from him in 2016.
12. Julian Edelman
It started off with Troy Brown and then it moved on to Wes Welker in regards to the “do it all” player for the New England Patriots. Now it’s Julian Edelman’s role as Tom Brady’s dink and dunk go-to-guy in the Patriots offense.
13. Dez Bryant
Even though, he did not have the type of season that he is capable of having, Dez Bryant still belongs on this list. Bryant missed the majority of the season with a nagging foot injury. I expect Bryant to return to his dominant self in 2016.
14. Brandin Cooks
Last year, Saints wide receiver had his first ever 1,000-yard season in the National Football League. He caught 84 receptions for 1,138 yards and nine touchdown scores in 2015. Throughout the 2015 campaign, Cooks made crucial plays for the Saints in times of need. He can be even more dangerous in the Saints offense with the addition of rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas, who the team selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
15. Jordy Nelson
Out of all the wide receivers that have made this list, Jordy Nelson probably is the most controversial. However; without Nelson’s presence in the Packers offense, the team did not put the fear in opposing defenses heart’s like they did a season ago. Nelson has proved that he is a key contributor to a Super Bowl contender in the Green Bay Packers.
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