We continue ranking NFL positions with the wide receivers.
Wide receiver has long been considered the glamour position in the NFL. The divas who complain with the don’t get the ball and complain when they don’t get it enough. However, these are the guys who make the big plays that often lead to points on offense. Today’s top wideout contingent consists of guys who are building resume’s to be some of the best to ever do it.
Here are out rankings of the top wide receivers in the NFL for 2017:
TOP 32 WIDE RECEIVERS
- Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons: Jones is the quintessential WR1. He has the size, speed, hands and technical ability to dominate any defense. He also has a top-notch QB getting the ball to him.
- Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: Brown has defied the odds since entering the NFL as a 6th round pick in 2010. He’s the best route runner and one of the hardest working players in the league.
- Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants: Beckham is one of the more explosive and exciting players in the game. His ability to score from anywhere on the field secures his spot on this list. At times, he seems to be the one holding himself back.
- A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: One of the more naturally gifted wideouts the NFL has ever seen, Green is always a threat to do damage to defenses. If he stays healthy and gets consistent QB play from Andy Dalton, Green is in line for a monster 2017.
- Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Evans is the epitome of the modern-day big wide receiver. At 6-5, 225, he is a match-up nightmare and a consistent threat in the red zone.
- T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: The smallest top-shelf wide receiver in the NFL, Hilton led the league in receiving yards in 2016. Expect more of the same high-level production from the 5-9 speedster this upcoming season.
- Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos: Big, strong and physical, Thomas can flat out manhandle opposing defensive backs. If Denver can find reliable QB play in 2017, expect Thomas’ numbers to jump back to an expected level.
- DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans: Hopkins, more than any top wide receiver in the NFL, is negatively impacted by poor QB play. His hands and body-control are second-to-none, allowing him to make difficult catches routinely.
- Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders: Cooper’s emergence into a superstar is paralleled by his quarterback, Derek Carr. Cooper has route-running ability that belies his youth and he should be more consistent in 2017.
- Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers: Nelson started slowly in 2016, as he recovered from a knee injury. By season’s end, Nelson looked like his old self and was back in sync with Aaron Rodgers. He should be even better in 2017.
- Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots: Cooks is one of the most dangerous deep threats in the NFL. Playing with Drew Brees is no slouch. But, it’s downright scary what Cooks can do now that he’ll be receiving passes from Tom Brady.
- Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: Bryant has battled injuries in recent years, but appears to be fully healthy heading into 2017. His continued growth with quarterback Dak Prescott will be vital to the Dallas offense.
- Julian Edelman, New England Patriots: Edelman is the latest Patriots’ receiver to get tagged with the “system guy” label. Even if true, he is damn good in that New England system.
- Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryant returns from a year-long suspension and is looking to start again, where he left off…as the league’s most feared deep-threat. The added 20 pounds of muscle should help round out his game as well.
- Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints: The big-bodied wideout enjoyed a remarkable rookie 2016 and looks to add to that. He’s, unquestionably, the WR1 for Drew Brees now and is a future star in New Orleans.
- Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins: Landry isn’t the fastest or biggest receiver, but he gets the job done with an impact. He’s physical and determined with the ball in his hands.
- Golden Tate, Detroit Lions: Another receiver who produces without elite physical traits. Tate has Matthew Stafford to get him the ball, so there are plenty of opportunities for him to shine.
- Brandon Marshall, New York Giants: Marshall will suit up in a different locker room at MetLife Stadium in 2017. The move to the Giants figures to be a good one for Marshall, as there is absolutely zero confidence in the Jets’ QB situation.
- Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks: Baldwin is one of the more underappreciated players in the entire league. He makes timely plays and always seems to show biggest when the stage is biggest.
- Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: No longer the deep threat he once was (evidenced by his career low 9.6 yards per reception in 2016), Fitzgerald still has top of the line hands and body control.
- Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
- Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
- Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
- Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
- Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
- Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
- Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
- Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
- Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
- Adam Theilen, Minnesota Vikings
- Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
- Allen Hurns / Marquise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Kevin White, Chicago Bears
- Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
ROOKIES WITH A CHANCE TO RANK
- Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
- Mike Williams, San Diego Chargers
- John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
- Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers