If you were building a team, which wide receivers would you want to have? In today's pass-happy NFL, it is becoming more and more important to have a go-to receiver (or maybe three of them).
When I ranked the RBs, it was pretty obvious who was on top, much as it is with the receivers. Adrian Peterson is king of the running backs, and Calvin Johnson is king of the wide receivers. But where do you go from there?
Here is the list, which represents only my opinions, without any argument or justification. It assumes all players are healthy and able to play at full capacity with a QB that can get them the ball.
1. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions)
3. AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals)
6. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons)
8. Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears)
12. Hakeem Nicks (NY Giants)
21. Jordy Nelson (GB Packers)
23. James Jones (GB Packers)
24. Wes Welker (Denver Broncos)
27. T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)
28. Brian Hartline (Miami Dolphins)
30. Anquan Boldin (SF 49ers)
31. Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers)
32. Eric Decker (Denver Broncos)
34. Miles Austin (Dallas Cowboys)
35. Malcolm Floyd (SD Chargers)
38. Sidney Rice (Seattle Seahawks)
39. Jason Avant (Philadelphia Eagles)
40. Mario Manningham (SF 49ers)
41b. Mohamed Sanu (Cincinnati Bengals)
42.Lance Moore (NO Saints)
43. Golden Tate (Seattle Seahawks)
44. Emmanuel Sanders (Pittsburgh Steelers)
45. Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota Vikings)
46. Jacoby Jones (Baltimore Ravens)
47. Devin Hester (Chicago Bears)
48. Santana Moss (Washington Redskins)
49. Josh Morgan (Washington Redskins)
50. Titus Young (FA)
Apologies to Rams, Seahawks and Vikings fans. For the Rams and Vikings: I couldn't rank your rookie receivers any higher until I actually see what they can do in the NFL (e.g., does Patrick Willis scare the living daylights out of them or not). For the Seahawks: I think that Percy Harvin is great, I really do. But I CANNOT rank him any higher than I have him until I actually see him help a team to get over the top. Maybe that will be this year. Maybe not. In the meantime, I would take 9 other guys before I took him.