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My Top 30 NFL Wide Receivers

Updated: Aug 24


1. Julio Jones

Regular Season Stats – 15 games

3rd in Targets, 149

5th in Catches, 99

24th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 66.4%

2nd in Receiving Yards, 1,394

3rd in Receiving Yards Per Game, 92.9

T-19th in Receiving Touchdowns, 6

T-18th in Yards Per Reception with Over 80 Targets, 14.1

T-52nd in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.7

25th in NFL Passer Rating with Over 80 Targets, 95.9

T-2nd in 1st Down Receptions, 77

T-9th in Receiving Interceptions, 5

19th in Best Drop Percentage, 2.5%

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-4th in Targets, 46

- 4th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 70%

- 2 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

- T-1st in First Downs, 29

Red Zone

- T-13th in Targets, 16,

- 4th in Catch Percentage with over 10 Targets, 75%

- T-9th in Touchdowns, 5

- 0 Interceptions

Some more stats from Pro Football Focus

3rd in Contested Catches in 2019, 23

1 of 3 Receivers with 5 touchdowns on ‘Goal to Go’ situations in 2019

PFF’s most Valuable Receiver on 3rd and 4th downs

4th in Receiving Yards on contested catches, 380

3rd in Receiving Yards against press coverage, 686

5th in Yards Per Route Run with over 50 targets, 2.44

4th in receiver grade in 2-minute drills in 2019

If you were to create a perfect wide receiver in a lab you would create Julio Jones, he has the size, frame, he has elite speed and athletic ability as well as the skill to run the entire route tree at a Hall of Fame level, whilst making out of this world catches and plays on every imaginable stage. He is in my opinion undisputedly a top 2 receiver in the NFL and has been since 2014. Possibly the best determiner for his greatness is that 2019 is viewed as a down year for Jones, a year in which he totalled 1,394 receiving yards. Julio is in my opinion the most complete receiver in the NFL. Imagine Odell Beckham’s explosiveness partnered with Davante Adams route running but inside a 6ft 4 frame with the clutch mentality and you have Julio. Whilst his standard numbers don’t blow you away in 2019 in the big moments, he was elite, as shown in his 3rd & 4th down stats as well as his RedZone numbers. The only knock anyone can have against Julio is the lack of touchdowns which in 2018 and 2019 is in my opinion down to a lack of targets, since 2018 Michael Thomas has 62, Davante Adams has 56 and DeAndre Hopkins has 40, whereas Julio only has 33. While Thomas and Adams have shown to perform better in the RedZone if Julio had more targets, I believe his stats would be far closer and see his touchdowns rise by around 3-4 which would propel him over 10 touchdowns. What makes Julio in my opinion the number one wide receiver in football is ultimately just how complete he is, Hopkins has better hands, Adams is a better route runner and Thomas is more productive but it’s not like Julio is far behind them in the respective categories, he is right behind them but is also far more explosive, far more athletic and by far the better deep threat. So, if you ask me situational questions Julio might not be my answer but if I’m taking a receiver for a whole game or a season its Julio without a doubt.

2. Michael Thomas

Regular Season Stats – 16 games, 15 started

1st in Targets, 180

1st in Catches, 149

1st in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 82.8%

1st in Receiving Yards, 1,725

1st in Receiving Yards Per Game, 107.8

3rd in Receiving Touchdowns, 9

T-34th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 11.6

T-46th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.9

3rd in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 123.3

1st in 1st Down Receptions 96, 19 more than 2nd

0 Receiving Interceptions

T-26th in Best Drop Percentage, 3.2%

T-17th in Fumbles, 1

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-7th Targets, 44

- 2nd in Catch Percentage, 73%

- 1 Touchdown, 0 Interceptions

- T-4th in First Downs, 24

Red Zone

- 1st in Targets, 26

- 2nd in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 77%

- T-1st in Touchdowns, 8

- 0 Interceptions

Play-Offs

Targets, 8 Catches, 7

1st in Catch Percentage with more than 5 Targets, 88%

70 Yards Per Game

0 Touchdowns

3rd & 4th Down – 1 Target, Catch Percentage 0%

Some other stats

1st in Yards Per Route Run with over 50 Targets, 2.88

Only two players in the NFL have an active streak off three straight seasons with 97+ catches and 1,100+ receiving yards, Michael Thomas and Keenan Allen,

16 more First Down receptions than any other receiver in the NFL.

2nd in receiver grade in 2-minute drills in 2019

Michael Thomas was in my view the best receiver in the NFL in 2019 and like his social media handles say, you can’t guard Mike. Thomas is the most efficient and productive receiver in the league regardless of the fact every opposing defense knows the Saints are going to feed him and how he’s going to beat them. Teams know Thomas doesn’t run deep as he had the lowest rate of targets beyond 20 yards in the league in 2019, 4% but that still doesn’t help stop him. He is physical at the release and unbeatable in press coverage shown by him leading the league in receiving yards against press coverage with 782 yards. Not only does he beat the corner in press coverage but you could make the argument he is the league’s best short to intermediate route runner, all of which amount to Thomas recording 7 games with 100+ receiving yards and a touchdown in 2019 which is the most in the last 15 years. Thomas is not only productive, but he is clutch in the big moments, he is the NFL’s best Red Zone threat and one of the best 3rd and 4th down receiver. Ultimately, Thomas was the most unstoppable receiver in the NFL.

The reasons many people don’t have Thomas at the top spot are 1. ‘He can’t run deep’ 2. That he ‘only runs slant routes’ and 3. He is ‘only elite because of Brees’, all of which are wrong. Firstly, the Saints did not build their offense around Thomas, they added him to it, Sean Peyton is a great offensive mind and works around his quarterbacks’ strengths. Brees and Bridgewater ranked second last and last in average intended yards, 6.4 and 6.2 respectively. Therefore, it is not Thomas that can’t go deep it’s that the offense doesn’t allow for it, I wholeheartedly believe that in another offense Thomas would prove that he is an elite deep threat just like he is at the short and intermediate range. Secondly, out of Thomas’ 149 catches only 30 of them were slants which decimates that criticism. Lastly, in the 5 games Bridgewater started in 2019 Thomas averaged more yards Per Game, 110 and the same touchdown rate both on a lower target rate, 10.4 than he did with Brees in 2019 which once again proves his critics wrong. The only reason I don’t have Thomas at the top spot is Julio Jones is simply the more complete receiver and he has proven that he is an elite deep threat, something Thomas has yet to show.

3. DeAndre Hopkins

Regular Season Stats – 15 games

6th in Targets, 146,

T-2nd in Catches, 104

T-5th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 71.2%

10th in Receiving Yards, 1,165

8th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 77.7

T-13th Receiving Touchdowns, 7

T-40th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 11.2

T-52nd in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.7

14th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 107.8

T-2nd in 1st Down Receptions, 77

T-70th in Receiving Interceptions, 1

21st in Best Drop Percentage, 2.7%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-12th in Targets, 39

- 7th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 67%

- 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception

- T-6th in First Downs, 22

Red Zone

- T-24th in Targets, 13

- T-21st in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 54%

- T-19th in Touchdowns, 4

- 1 Interception

Play-Offs

22 Targets, 15 Catches

6th in Catch Percentage with more than 10 Targets, 68%

104 Yards Per Game

0 Touchdowns

3rd & 4th Down – 7 Targets, Catch Percentage, 43%, 3 First Downs

The fact that the Texans trading DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals may have been one of it not the worst trade in NFL history speaks to his greatness. Over the last 5 seasons Hopkins has played with Brandon Weeden, T.J. Yates, Ryan Mallet, Brian Hoyer, Brock Osweiler, Tom Savage, A.J. McCarron and eventually got to play with Deshaun Watson, Watson is the only quarterback who is still as starter and the majority of them are no longer in the league, yet Hopkins is still 2nd in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns over the last 5 seasons trailing only Julio Jones or Antonio Brown. Hopkins may not an athletic freak of nature like a Julio Jones or Tyreek Hill, but he has the best hands, over the last 13 years they have tracked drops Hopkins has the most consecutive catches without a drop, 225, second went only 121 catches without a drop. Hopkins has been productive ever since he entered the league regardless of the level of quarterbacks he’s played with and once he got Deshaun Watson, he really flew onto the big screen along with his plethora of incredible catches contorting his body and hands to quite literally catch everything in 2018. Potentially DeAndre’s best ability is shown on 3rd downs, his short space route running and ability to bump and run and 3rd downs is in my opinion one of the best in the league, in 2019 he was 2nd in receiving yards against press coverage with 769. What puts ‘Nuk’ behind Thomas and Jones in my view is Julio’s athletic and deep threat ability and Thomas’ unstoppable and historical year in 2019.

4. Davante Adams

Regular Season Stats – 12 games

13th in Targets, 124

T-12th in Catches, 83

T-21st in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 66.9

26th in Receiving Yards, 997

5th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 83.1

T-36th in Receiving Touchdowns, 5

T-32nd in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 12.0

T-24th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.7

22nd in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 101.4

4th in 1st Down Receptions, 67

T-70th in Receiving Interceptions, 1

55th in Best Drop Percentage, 5.5%

T-6th in Fumbles, 2

3rd & 4th Downs

- 28th in Targets, 33

- T-7th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 67%

- 3 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions

- 11th in First Downs, 21

Red Zone

- T-2nd in Targets, 23

- T-8th in Catch Percentage with over 10 Targets, 70%

- T-19th in Touchdowns, 4

- 0 Interceptions

Play-Offs

22 Targets, 17 Catches

3rd in Catch Percentage with over 10 Targets, 77%

149 Yards Per Game

2 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

3rd & 4th Down – 5 Targets, Catch Percentage, 80%, 4 First Downs

Prior to researching for this piece, I had truly no idea just how elite Davante Adams was to the extent I actually believed he was overrated. However, after looking at his tape and stats he is undeniably underrated in my opinion and I believe it is primarily due to the stigma of playing with Aaron Rodgers. Although between 2014-2017 that argument could be made there is an obvious leap between all his stats 2018 onwards which is in fact the same time as Aaron Rodgers began his statistical regression, hence proving that Davante Adams is by no means a product of Aaron Rodgers in 2018, 2019 or in 2020, of course he benefits from it but that doesn’t change that he is elite. Although Allen gives Adams a run for his money, I believe Davante Adams is the best all-round and consistent route-runner in the NFL as well as having the undisputed best release in the league. Davante is not a freaky athlete like Julio, Tyreek or Evans but he one of the best technical receivers I’ve ever seen, that is not to say he is unathletic by any means, he has incredible short space speed as well change of direction and change of speed coming in and out of routes. His skill set allows him to be a threat everywhere on the field, and he is great in every single situation and he finished 6th in Yards Per Route Run with over 50 targets. Adams is an elite RedZone threat with 17 touchdowns over the last 2 seasons and clutch on 3rd & 4th downs, 33 targets, 67% completion and 21 first downs on 3rd & 4th downs. That elite clutch ability was truly exposed in the 2019 play-offs against the Seahawks and 49ers, Adams caught 17 of his 22 targets, 77% completions for 149 receiving yards per game. There is no reason in my view that Adams couldn’t become the best receiver in the NFL, Thomas exploded onto the scene truly in 2019 who’s to say Davante can’t do that in the years to come.

5. Tyreek Hill

Regular Season Stats – 12 games

40th in Targets, 87

T-36th in Catches, 58

23rd in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 66.7%

31st in Receiving Yards, 860

18th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 71.7

T-13th Receiving Touchdowns, 7

16th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 14.8

T-24th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.7

8th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 116.1

22nd in 1st Down Receptions, 48

T-41st in Receiving Interceptions, 2

T-28th in Best Drop Percentage, 3.4%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-44th in Targets, 26

- 2nd in Catch Percentage with over 20 Targets, 77%

- 2 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions

- T-12th in First Downs, 19

Red Zone

- T-61st in Targets, 7

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- T-28th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 57%

- T-32nd in Touchdowns, 3

- 1 Interceptions

Play-Offs

27 Targets, 17 Catches

9th in Catch Percentage with more than 10 Targets, 63%

71 Yards Per Game

2 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions

3rd & 4th Down – 5 Targets, Catch Percentage 20%, 1 First Down

Tyreek Hill is the ultimate deep threat; he may not be the biggest or strongest receiver, but he isn’t called ‘Cheetah’ for nothing. Since 2016 including the postseason Hill is 2nd in receptions, 1st in yards and 2nd in touchdowns on over 20-yard receptions, proving that he really is the NFL best deep threat. However, Hill’s speed often overshadows the rest of his game. Tyreek’s route running has evolved over the years and in 2019 he finished 2nd in Pro Football Focuses receiving grade when targeted against single coverage and 4th in yards per route run with over 50 targets. He uses his elite elusiveness, agility and change of directions to burst out of breaks and gain separation, not to mention he is playing with a quarterback who always keeps the play alive allowing Hill to explode in scramble drills. What I believe separates Hill from every receiver not named Julio Jones or Michael Thomas is that you can make the argument for him being the best receiver in the league. He is by no means the best route runner or best all-round receiver but his speed kills and defensive backs fear that more than an elite route runner. Even with that said I don’t believe you can have him any higher than fifth right now as all of those above him are ust as productive if not more as well as being more complete receivers. However, with Hill being fully healthy in 2020 I expect him to reach 1,300+ yards, 10+ touchdowns and push for the top receiver spot.

6. Keenan Allen

Regular Season Stats – 16 games

T-4th in Targets, 147

T-2nd in Catches, 104

7th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 70.7%

5th in Receiving Yards, 1,199

12th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 74.9

T-20th in Receiving Touchdowns, 6

T-38th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 11.5

T-58th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.6

38th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 86.0

6th in 1st Down Receptions, 64

T-1st in Receiving Interceptions, 8

T-51st in Best Drop Percentage, 4.7%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- 3rd in Targets, 47

- 11th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 62%

- 3 Touchdowns, 4 Interceptions

- T-4th in First Downs, 24

Red Zone

- T-7th in Targets, 20

- T-8th in Catch Percentage with more than 10 Targets, 70%

- T-19th in Touchdowns, 4

- 1 Interception

Keenan Allen is very underrated in my opinion, with the plethora of freakish athletes in the NFL at the wide receiver position guys like Allen have seem to be forgotten. Allen challenged Davante Adams and Amari Cooper for the best route runner in the NFL in 2019 and has consistently been in the elite tier of route runners since 2017. His routes are a thing of beauty, his head, hands and hip movement allows him to create consistent separation without having freaky athleticism and his feet allow him to explode out of route and break defenders’ ankles. Being as technically sound as Allen is, it means in the big moments he is consistent highlighted by him ranking very well in 3rd & 4th downs as well as in the RedZone. As well as being an elite route runner Allen has great hands which are underrated because unlike Hopkins and Odell etc he doesn’t make the spectacular one-handed catches, but he consistently hauls the ball in whether it’s in single coverage, double coverage or along the side-line. While Allen may have struggled with injuries between 2015-16, he and Michael Thomas are the only two players in the NFL with an active streak of three straight season with 97+ catches and 1,100+ receiving yards. Despite his ability Allen will have the hardest year of his career in 2020 in my opinion with Tyrod Taylor under centre as eventually rookie Justin Herbert, however, I don’t expect Allen’s production to dip too much as he will still create consistent separation giving his quarterbacks ample opportunity to put the ball in his hands.

7. Mike Evans

Regular Season Stats – 13 games

T-18th in Targets, 114

T-24th in Catches, 67

42nd out of 48 in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 58.8%

12th in Receiving Yards, 1,157

4th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 89.0

T-7th in Receiving Touchdowns, 8

5th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 17.3

T-49th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.8

34th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 87.5

T-14th in 1st Down Receptions, 54

T-1st in Receiving Interceptions, 8

61st in Best Drop Percentage, 5.9%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-32nd in Targets, 31

- 32nd out of 34 in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 45%

- 2 Touchdowns, 3 Interceptions

- T-32th in First Downs, 14

Red Zone

- 10th in Targets, 18

- 35th in Catch Percentage with more than 10 Targets, 44%

- T-9th in Touchdowns, 5

- 2 Interceptions

Mike Evans is a monster at 6ft 5 and 231 pounds with incredibly underrated speed and athleticism. He can beat defensive backs deep, intermediate or short, he can go up over them with ease as well as blazing past them. While Evans has undoubtedly benefitted from Jameis Winston being his quarterback I also believe it has hampered his catch percentage which has only eclipsed 57% once in his career. He might not have elite hands, but the tape overshadows the stats in this case. Additionally, his numbers on 3rd & 4th downs while being partly down to his own play are likely to be more down to Winston than his own ability. Ultimately, similar to Tyreek Hill there is no one in the league like Mike Evans or that possesses the tools and athleticism at his size. Since entering the league in 2014 as the 7th overall pick he has 6 consecutive seasons of 1,000+ receiving yards. So not only does Evans have an elite body of work but at only 26 he still has numerous years left in his prime and the next two of those are going to be spent with Tom Brady, remember what happened last time Brady got one elite weapon in 2007, 16-0 and 50 touchdowns, only now he has both Evans and Godwin, hence I expect another great year from Evans in 2020.

8. Odell Beckham Jr.

Regular Season Stats – 16 games 15 started

T-9th in Targets, 130

18th in Catches, 74

45th out of 48 in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 56.9%

23rd in Receiving Yards, 1,035

29th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 64.7

T-48th in Receiving Touchdowns, 4

20th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 14.0

T-37th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.4

47th out of 48 in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 70.5

26th in 1st Down Receptions, 44

T-5th in Receiving Interceptions, 7

54th in Best Drop Percentage, 5.3%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- 39th in Targets, 35

- 34th out of 34 in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 43%

- 1 Touchdown, 1 Interceptions

- 46th in First Downs, 11

Red Zone

- T-24th in Targets, 13

- 39th out of 43 in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 38%

- T-44th in Touchdowns, 2

- 1 Interception

Odell Beckham Jr is in my opinion the most talented wide receiver in the NFL and up until 2017 he was on an All-time pace with 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns in his first three season playing with Eli Manning at quarterback. However, since 2017 he has struggled with injuries every single year and in 2019, I believe it was the premier factor for Odell not being his usual self. Beckham got banged up in training camp and was playing through a Sports Hernia all year long which robbed him of practice reps with Baker Mayfield which explains the 7 receiving interceptions and Odell’s down year. A Sports Hernia causes a lot of pain in explosive activities and twists in the hip, which is Odell’s number one skill, elite explosiveness which is propelled by powerful twists in the hips during every single route. Further Odell was 1st in deep ball incompletions deemed the quarterback fault in 2019 with 16 according to PFF. So not only was he playing through a very painful injury, but his quarterback regressed from his rookie season. Odell’s previous immaturity seems to also have dissipated meaning under a new offensive scheme with an invigorated quarterback in a boom or bust year, being fully healthy and mature I expect Odell to show again his generational talent and production. If Stefanski brings across his offensive scheme Odell may not have the same elite numbers given the run first mentality and numerous mouths to feed but Stefon Diggs was still able to put up 1,130 yards in 2019, so I don’t think 1,200+ yards and 10+ is far out of the picture for Odell in 2019.

9. Chris Godwin

Regular Season Stats – 14 games

T-18th in Targets, 114

11th in Catches, 86

3rd in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 75.4%

3rd in Receiving Yards, 1,333

2nd in Receiving Yards Per Game, 95.2

3rd in Receiving Touchdowns, 9

T-10th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 15.5

3rd in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 6.7

4th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 121.7

T-7th in 1st Down Receptions, 63

9th in Receiving Interceptions, 5

5th in Best Drop Percentage, 0.8%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-24th in Targets, 34

- 8th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 65%

- 2 Touchdowns, 4 Interceptions

- T-16th in First Downs, 18

Red Zone

- T-24th in Targets, 13

- T-9th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 69%

- T-9th in Touchdowns, 5

- 0 Interceptions

Chris Godwin showed signs in 2018 of the great receiver he evolved into in 2019. While many analysts had picked Godwin to have a breakout year, I don’t think any of them predicted his final 2019 numbers which propelled him to his first career Pro Bowl. Godwin was arguably the second-best receiver in the NFL last season according to the numbers, there is no skill or area of his game that he lacks. What makes Godwin elite is his ability to be a factor all over the field in every possible scenario. He has incredible hands catching 75.4% of his targets, he has breakaway speed and running back tendencies with the ball in his hand making him very elusive and hard to bring down. He is clutch on 3rd & 4th downs as well as a true RedZone threat and he tied for 2nd in the most 25+ yard receptions in 2019 with 16 according to Pro Football Focus. However, while it is not an indictment on Godwin, playing opposite Mike Evans in a pass happy offense with a gunslinger like Jameis Winston under centre is undoubtably a factor in his stats. Mike Evans naturally draws double teams allowing Godwin to feast on single coverage which he did ranking 3rd in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grade when targeted against single coverage. The primary reasons I have Godwin at 9th is those mentioned above and that I’d like to see him do it again before I crown him a top 5 receiver in the NFL.

10. Adam Thielen

Regular Season Stats – 10 games

T-82nd in Targets, 47

80th in Catches, 30

T-53rd in Catch Percentage with over 40 Targets, 63.8

76th in Receiving Yards, 418

60th out of 98 in Receiving Yards Per Game, 41.8

T-20th in Receiving Touchdowns, 6

T-35th in Yards Per Reception with over 40 Targets, 13.9

T-46th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.9

2nd in NFL Passer Rating with over 40 Targets, 131.9

T-61st in 1st Down Receptions, 28

0 Receiving Interceptions

T-9th in Best Drop Percentage, 2.1%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-58th in Targets, 22

- T-39th in Catch Percentage with over 20 Targets, 55%

- 1 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions

- T-53rd in First Downs, 9

Red Zone

- T-68th in Targets, 6

- T-6th in Catch Percentage with 5 or more Targets, 83%

- T-32nd in Touchdowns, 3

- 0 Interceptions

Play-Offs

16 Targets, 12 Catches

4th in Catch Percentage with more than 10 Targets, 75%

89.5 Yards Per Game

0 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

3rd & 4th Down – 6 Targets, Catch Percentage, 83%, 5 first downs

The NFL seems to have forgotten that Adam Thielen exists, despite tying Calvin Johnsons NFL record of 8 consecutive games with over 100 receiving yards. Not only did he have a historical start to the year, but he caught 15 of 20 targets for 6 touchdowns in the RedZone and ranked 8th in catch percentage and 4th in first downs on 3rd & 4th downs as well as 5thin total catch percentage with over 80 targets. Thielen is a true gym rat and it’s how he turned his career from being an undrafted free agent to top 10 receiver in the NFL, he has polished every aspect of his game making him in my opinion one of the NFL’s most complete wide receivers. Thielen has great technical skills such as route-running, footwork and hands as well as raw speed and athleticism. Unfortunately for Thielen he dealt with a hamstring injury which caused him to miss 6 games in 2019 as well as explaining his dip in stats, however, he remained elite in his very small sample size in the RedZone and once he returned for the play-offs he showed his true self exploding for 129 yards on 7 catches against New Orleans. I expect a healthy Adam Thielen without Diggs drawing away targets to have a huge year in 2019 with around 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns.

11. Cooper Kupp

Regular Season Stats 16 games 14 started

8th in Targets, 132

7th in Catches, 94

T-5th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 71.2%

11th in Receiving Yards, 1,161

16th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 72.6

2nd in Receiving Touchdowns, 10

31st in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 12.4

9th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 5.7

7th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 117.0

18th in 1st Down Receptions, 52

T-41st in Receiving Interceptions, 2

T-13th in Best Drop Percentage, 2.2%

T-2nd in Fumbles, 3

3rd & 4th Downs

- 1st in Targets, 52

- 3rd in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 71%

- 7 Touchdowns, 1 Interceptions

- T-1st in First Downs, 29

Red Zone

- T-5th in Targets, 20

- 3rd in Catch Percentage with over 10 Targets, 76%

- T-3rd in Touchdowns, 7

- 0 Interceptions

Cooper Kupp is one of the league most underrated receivers. Kupp is the most efficient receiver I have researched. He catches everything regardless of the situation, he was the best receiver on 3rd and 4th downs in 2019 in my opinion as well as potentially the best in the RedZone. He may not have blazing speed, but he has elite quickness off the release, elusiveness and change in direction. Once the balls in his hand he is elite, he is tough to get hold of and bring down, averaging 5.7 yards after catch and tieing for first amongst wide receiver for broken tackles in 2019. Kupp is also a very underrated route runner creating the separation to allow Jared Goff to put the ball in his hands. In 2020 Kupp and his counterpart Robert Woods are going to have to step up big time winning at the release and getting open quick consistently as the Rams have one of the worst offensive lines and running back rooms in the NFL. Even with that said I expect Kupp to build off his 2019 season and potentially evolve into an elite receiver in 2020.

12. Kenny Golladay

Regular Season Stats – 16 games

22nd in Targets, 113

29th in Catches, 65

44th out of 48 in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 57.5%

6th in Receiving Yards, 1,190

13th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 74.4

1st in Receiving Touchdowns, 11

3rd in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 18.3

T-24th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.7

13th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 107.9

18th in 1st Down Receptions, 52

9th in Receiving Interceptions, 5

53rd in Best Drop Percentage, 5.2%

T-17th in Fumbles, 1

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-4th in Targets, 46

- 27th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 52%

- 5 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions

- T-6th in First Downs, 22

Red Zone

- T-13th in Targets, 16

- T-24th in Catch Percentage, 50%

- T-4th in Touchdowns, 6

- 1 Interception

In my opinion Kenny Golladay is the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL, had he been playing for a slightly more prosperous team the last two seasons I believe he would be widely recognised as a top receiver. Golladay is sneaky quick for 6ft 4 and 214 pounds and while he is not an elite route-runner he is in my view the 2nd best deep threat in the NFL behind only Tyreek Hill and the best jump ball receiver, the stats prove it:

T-1st in contested catches in 2019, 26 – PFF

1st in receiving yards on contested catches, 429 – PFF

1st in 25+ yard receptions, 17 - PFF

T- 1st in 25+ yard Touchdown receptions, 5 – PFF

Additionally, Golladay was playing with rookie David Blough for 5 games (0-5) and Jeff Driskell for 3 games (0-3) who is 1-7 for his career. In those 8 games he put up 550 yards and 4 touchdowns which isn’t far off the 640 yards and 7 touchdowns he totalled in his first 8 games with Stafford proving that he is by no means a product of Stafford’s gunslinging ability. Furthermore, if Golladay can continue to evolve as a route-runner and dare I say get better as a deep, jump ball and RedZone threat we could be looking at a future perennial All-Pro receiver.

13. Amari Cooper – 16 games

Regular Season

16th in Targets, 116

15th in Catches, 79

17th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 68.1%

7th in Receiving Yards, 1,189

14th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 74.3

T-7th in Receiving Touchdowns, 8

14th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 15.1

T-62nd in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.5

6th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 117.3

T-14th in 1st Down Receptions, 54

T-41st in Receiving Interceptions, 2

T-40th in Best Drop Percentage, 4.2%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- 21st in Targets, 35

- T-30st out of 34 in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 49%

- 2 Touchdowns, 1 Interceptions

- T-21st in First Downs, 16

Red Zone

- T-44th in Targets, 9

- T-19th in Catch Percentage with 5 or more Targets, 67%

- T-9th in Touchdowns, 5

- 0 Interceptions

I love Coop but he is in my opinion the most overrated wide receiver in the NFL. First, I will sing his praises and then explain why I believe he is not an elite receiver and in fact overrated. Cooper is the perfect blend of size, speed and technical ability, Amari has the best footwork in the NFL in my opinion which is what makes him at times a truly elite receiver, he is an under used RedZone threat catching 5 touchdowns on 9 targets in 2019. Cooper has transformed life in Dallas and for Dak Prescott since his arrival. He really has all the athletic and technical skills and tools to be an all-time receiver.

However, Cooper was incredibly inconsistent throughout 2019 and had 7 games in which he had less than 50 receiving yards. He was embarrassingly locked down by Stephon Gilmore in week 12 when he caught no balls. He was also shutdown in week 15 and 16 against the Rams and Eagles. He was held to 1 catch on 2 targets for 19 yards and 4 catches on 12 targets for 24 yards, respectively. Ultimately Cooper did not turn up when his team needed him most with Dallas’ season on the line.

Further, he started in the Cowboys embarrassing 24-22 loss at the New York Jets but pulled himself out early. While this could have been a legitimate injury, Coopers track record does not favour him. While I believe it is incredibly immoral and wrong to call another man mentally weak Amari seems to lack a bit of the Alpha mentality all the great receivers have, often he seems to play soft and has pulled himself out of numerous games where other receivers seemingly would have played.

In 2019 Cooper caught 52 balls for 869 yards at Home but a mere 27 balls for 320 away. Cooper had 14 20-yard plus and 5 40-yard plus catches at home whereas he had 3 20-yard plus and 1 40-yard plus catches away. Amari has proven over the course of the 2019 season that he does not turn up at away games and given that he cannot be regarded in my opinion as an elite or true number one receiver despite being potentially the best route runner in the NFL.

Amari is one of my favourite receivers in the NFL due to his personality and style but my commitment to the truth has led me to drop him down this list. If Cooper can turn up away from home and play hard against those bump and run corners like Gilmore there is no reason why he is not a top 5 receiver, if he averaged his home game performances he would have 104 catches, 1,738 yards and be challenging Thomas for the top receiver spot.

14. Stefon Diggs

Regular Season Stats – 15 games

T-34th in Targets, 91

T-30th in Catches, 63

T-10th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 68.8%

15th in Receiving Yards, 1,132

10th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 75.3

T-20th in Receiving Touchdowns, 6

4th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 18.0

T-22nd in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.8

10th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 110.7

24th in 1st Down Receptions, 45

9th in Receiving Interceptions, 5

63rd in Best Drop Percentage, 6.4%

1st in Fumbles, 4

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-10th in Targets, 39

- T-12th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 59%

- 3 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions

- T-6th in First Downs, 22

Red Zone

- Targets, 5

- Catch Percentage, 20%

- T-66th in Touchdowns, 1

- 1 Interception

Play-Offs

8 Targets, 4 Catches

T-17th in Catch Percentage with more than 5 Targets, 50%

38 Yards Per Game

1 Touchdowns

3rd & 4th Down – 5 Targets, Catch Percentage 60%, 3 first downs

After being traded to the Buffalo Bills Stefon Diggs has the opportunity to show what he can do as the undisputed number one receiver in 2020 and if his 2019 season is anything to go off the Bills have acquired an absolute stud at receiver. Diggs might not be the kind of receiver to impose his will on a defense or get physical with defensive backs, but he is one of the NFLs best route runners and deep threats with game changing speed and footwork. Diggs ranked 2nd in yards per route run with over 50 targets according to Pro Football Focus as well as tied for 2nd in 25+ yard receptions with 16. What makes Diggs production in Minnesota even more impressive in my opinion is that he is playing opposite of a true number one receiver in Adam Thielen and in a run first offense, not many wide receivers could put up his numbers in that system and situation. The only knock I have on Diggs’ game is that he is yet to show any capability to be a RedZone threat. However, I’m excited to see the affect he has on Josh Allen and Buffalo’s offense in 2020.

15. Tyler Lockett

Regular Season Stats – 16 games

24th in Targets, 108

14th in Catches, 82

2nd in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 75.9%

20th in Receiving Yards, 1,057

25th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 66.1

T-7th in Receiving Touchdowns, 8

T-26th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 12.9

T-49th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.8

2nd in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 127.0

5th in 1st Down Receptions, 65

T-70th in Receiving Interceptions, 1

T-7th in Best Drop Percentage, 1.8%

T-17th in Fumbles, 1

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-44th in Targets, 26

- T-4th in Catch Percentage with over 20 Targets, 73%

- 2 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions

- T-46th in First Downs, 11

Red Zone

- T-2nd in Targets, 23

- 6th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 74%

- T-3rd in Touchdowns, 7

- 0 Interceptions

Play-Offs

18 Targets, 13 Catches

5th in Catch Percentage with over 10 Targets, 72%

99 Yards Per Game

1 Touchdown

3rd & 4th Down – 4 Targets, Catch Percentage, 50%, 2 first downs

Tyler Lockett similar to all of the Seahawks offensive players is very underrated in my opinion. Due to Seattle’s run first mentality Lockett’s yardage stats aren’t very impressive but by every other measure he is a great receiver. To be 24th in targets but 14th in catches, 2nd in catch percentage, tied 7th in touchdowns and 5th in first downs is undeniably great. At 5ft 10 Lockett has limitations to his game but both Lockett and his quarterback seem to know that and play to his strengths. When Seattle needed a big play they always turned to Wilson and Lockett to provide it and that showed in the Play-Offs where Lockett caught 13 of 18 targets for 99 yards per game. While Lockett may never have the ability or yardage of a top 10 or top 5 receiver he is just as important to the Seahawks offense as Julio is for Atlanta or Thomas is for New Orleans.

16. AJ Green

2018 Regular Season Stats – 9 games

T-46th in Targets, 77

48th in Catches, 46

73rd in Catch Percentage with 40 or more Targets, 59.7%

42nd in Receiving Yards, 694

12th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 77.1

T-20th in Receiving Touchdowns, 6

T-22nd in Yards Per Reception with 40 or more Targets, 15.1

Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.5

38th in NFL Passer Rating with over 40 Targets, 104.6

T-32nd in 1st Down Receptions, 37

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-69th in Targets, 18

- T-59th in Catches, 10

- T-38th in Catch Percentage with 18 or more Targets, 56%

- T-22nd in Touchdowns, 2

- T-50th in First Downs, 9

Red Zone

- T-21st in Targets, 14

- T-26th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 43%

- Touchdowns, 4

- 1 Interception

Receiving Interceptions, 2

Drop Percentage, 6.5%

Fumbles, 2

You have to go back to 2017 to find the last season A.J. Green played all 16 games, missing 7 games in 2018 and all 16 in 2019. Green may be 31 and likely past his prime but similar to Julio Jones if you were to create the perfect receiver in a lab you would create something superior but close to A.J. Green. At 6ft 4, 210 pounds Green possesses every tool to be an elite receiver, he can burn corners with his speed, create separation with his route running and win contested catches with his size and hands. Additionally, Green has played with Andy Dalton his entire career who is by no means a bad quarterback but nor is he a great one, yet despite this Green has made 7 Pro Bowls in his 8 seasons in the league as well as averaging 80.2 yards per game for his career. So, despite the fact A.J. Green is probably no longer the A.J Green of old if the Bengals and Burrow are to have any success on offense in 2020 it will undoubtably be down to Green’s greatness. The reason Green is so low is only because we haven’t seen him since 2018 and he is 31 years old.

17. Allen Robinson II

Regular Season Stats – 16 games 15 started

2nd in Targets, 153

6th in Catches, 98

28th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 64.1%

13th in Receiving Yards, 1,147

17th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 71.7

T-13th Receiving Touchdowns, 7

33rd in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 11.7

T-76th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 2.8

33rd in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 88.3

T-7th in 1st Down Receptions, 63

9th in Receiving Interceptions, 5

T-49th in Best Drop Percentage, 4.5%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- 2nd in Targets, 50

- T-12th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 60%

- 2 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

- 3rd in First Downs, 28

Red Zone

- T-7th in Targets, 20

- T-19th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 55%

- T-5th in Touchdowns, 6

- 2 Interceptions

Allen Robinson II was the one bright spot in the Bears’ offense in 2019 and finally lived up to the big contract he signed in 2018 with Chicago. Robinson was the man Trubisky looked to when pressure came which is presented by his 153 total targets and 50 on 3rd & 4th downs, it’s safe to say Robinson came up big for Trubisky more often than not. Robinson is not the best route runner or after the catch, but he is one of the league’s best jump ball receivers with great hands whether he is covered or not. Robinson finished 2019 with 26 contested catches with tied for first in the NFL, he was also 1 of 3 receiver with 5 touchdowns on goal to go situations proving his worth as a RedZone threat. One thing that should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind when evaluating Robinson is who is throwing him the ball, I am by no means comparing him to DeAndre Hopkins but just take into consideration some of Hopkins numbers before he got Deshaun in Houston.

18. Robert Woods

Regular Season Stats – 15 games

12th in Targets, 129

T-8th in Catches, 90

8th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 69.8%

14th in Receiving Yards, 1,134

9th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 75.6

T-74th in Receiving Touchdowns, 2

T-28th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 12.6

4th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 6.4

42nd out of 48 in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 82.6

T-14th in 1st Down Receptions, 54

T-7th in Receiving Interceptions, 6

23rd in Best Drop Percentage, 2.9%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- 14th in Targets, 38

- T-5th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 68%

- 0 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions

- T-15th in First Downs, 18

Red Zone

- T-36th in Targets, 10

- T-8th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 70%

- T-44th in Touchdowns, 2

- 0 Interceptions

Robert Woods is in my opinion criminally underrated despite being very productive over the past two seasons with 1,219 receiving yards in 2018 and 1,134 in 2019. Whereas Evans and Godwin both get considerable praise despite being a part of the league’s best wide receiver duo, Kupp and Woods seem to go unnoticed despite on a production basis being by far the second-best duo over the past two years. Woods is one of the league’s best after the catch, he hits a second gear propelling him away from trailing defenders. Although Woods is slightly undersized at 6ft and isn’t the kind of receiver to go up and get it, he uses his athleticism and route running to get open and has sneaky good hands. Woods may not have a much higher ceiling compared to some of the guys I have behind him but his talent and production over the past two years is undeniable in my opinion.

19. DJ Moore

Regular Season Stats – 15 games

T-9th in Targets, 130

10th in Catches, 87

T-21st in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 66.9%

8th in Receiving Yards, 1,175

7th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 78.3

T-48th in Receiving Touchdowns, 4

24th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 13.5

T-37th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.4

30th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 89.7

T-7th in 1st Down Receptions, 63

9th in Receiving Interceptions, 5

T-24th in Best Drop Percentage, 3.0%

T-6th in Fumbles, 2

3rd & 4th Downs

- 9th in Targets, 43

- T-12th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 60%

- 2 Touchdowns, 3 Interceptions

- T-6th in First Downs, 22

Red Zone

- T-24th in Targets, 13

- T-21st in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 54%

- T-44th in Touchdowns, 2

- 1 Interception

D.J. Moore is growing in front of our eyes and took a huge leap in year two shown in his yards per game which increased from 49.3 yards to 78.3. What’s most impressive about Moore’s evolution is that he had Kyle Allen throwing him the ball for 12 games, a banged up Cam Newton for 2 games and rookie Will Grier for the remaining two, yet despite his subpar quarterback play he was able to become an established number one receiver Although Moore is a little undersized for a number one receiver but he uses it to his advantage and has all the tools to become one. D.J. is a good route runner creating consistent separation with good hands but what allows him to be great is his shiftiness, and elusiveness as a ball carrier. It’s been a long time since Carolina have had a true number one receiver, many have tried and failed but I believe D.J. Moore will become that in the years to come.

20. Jarvis Landry

Regular Season Stats – 16 games

T-9th in Targets, 130

T-12th in Catches, 83

T-30th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 63.8%

9th in Receiving Yards, 1,174

15th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 73.4

T-20th in Receiving Touchdowns, 6

18th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 14.1

T-15th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 5.3

41st out of 48 in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 82.7

T-12th in 1st Down Receptions, 55

T-1st in Receiving Interceptions, 8

T-33rd in Best Drop Percentage, 3.6%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- 11th in Targets, 40

- T-28th out of 34 in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 50%

- 1 Touchdown, 4 Interceptions

- T-21st in First Downs, 16

Red Zone

- T-5th in Targets, 21

- 18th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 57%

- T-9th in Touchdowns, 5

- 1 Interception

Jarvis Landry is elite at what he does which is shown by 5 straight Pro Bowl appearances and the record of most catches in a players first 6 seasons in the NFL (564), previously held by Hopkins (528). Landry is in my view the best slot receiver in the league, he doesn’t have breakaway speed, but he gets open quick and makes incredible catches with some of the best hands in the NFL. To Landry’s credit he has been very productive given he has played in stale offenses with below average quarterback play his entire career. He has played with Tannehill, Matt Moore, Jay Cutler, Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield under centre his entire career. However, despite being elite out of the slot he is statically very inefficient averaging 7.2 yards per target and while he is Baker Mayfield safety blanket, I believe he will be the first one to lose targets on the Browns offense from 2019 with the new additions and offensive system. Even with that said Landry has been consistent his entire career and you know what you’re going to get with him, elite mentality, leadership and hands.

21. Cortland Sutton

Regular Season Stats – 16 games 14 started

17th in Targets, 115

T-20th in Catches, 72

34th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 62.6%

17th in Receiving Yards, 1,112

21st in Receiving Yards Per Game, 69.5

T-20th in Receiving Touchdowns, 6

12th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 15.4

T-19th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.9

17th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 104.7

T-20th in 1st Down Receptions, 50

T-41st in Receiving Interceptions, 2

38th in Best Drop Percentage, 4.0%

T-6th in Fumbles, 2

3rd & 4th Downs

- 10th in Targets, 41

- T-12th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 59%

- 2 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions

- T-12th in First Downs, 19

Red Zone

- T-7th in Targets, 20

- T-19th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 55%

- T-32nd in Touchdowns, 3

- 0 Interceptions

Cortland Sutton’s potential is scary. His skillset, style and frame is a blend of Julio Jones and Mike Evans, 6 ft 4, 216 pounds, athletic, fast and powerful. I think he could be a future superstar in the NFL and top 10 receiver. Despite this I don’t think he’s quite there yet, he is quite overrated as a RedZone threat simply because of his size and was an average on 3rd and 4th downs in 2019. His athleticism was on full show though tying for 2nd in 25+ yard receptions in 2019 with 16 according to Pro Football Focus. If Sutton can evolve as a route runner and RedZone threat I think he will bhe primed for a huge year in 202 with Drew Lock under centre and Jeudy and Hamler opposite forcing teams to not double Sutton. I would not be surprised if Sutton and Jeudy eventually become the Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

22. Brandin Cooks

Regular Season Stats – 14 games

T-60th in Targets, 67

T-61st in Catches, 42

44th in Catch Percentage with over 60 Targets, 62.7%

57th in Receiving Yards, 583

62nd in Receiving Yards Per Game, 41.6

T-74th in Receiving Touchdowns, 2

29th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 13.9

45th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.0

45th in NFL Passer Rating with over 60 Targets, 88.1

T-48th in 1st Down Receptions, 32

T-41st in Receiving Interceptions, 2

T-56th in Drop Percentage, 5.6%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-60th in Targets, 21

- T-48th in Catch Percentage with over 20 Targets, 52%

- 0 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

- T-56th in First Downs, 8

Red Zone

- T-88th in Targets, 5

- T-35th in Catch Percentage with 5 or more Targets, 60%

- T-44th in Touchdowns, 2

- 0 Interception

Brandin Cooks is one of receivers I root for in the NFL, he was on an elite trajectory until injuries and demons set int, to no fault of his own. Cook has suffered 5 concussions in his NFL career with 4 since 2018, 2 of which both against the Seattle Seahawks caused him to lo0se consciousness, which can be severely dangerous. It is because of his concussion issues that he has been labelled as soft. Two concussions and being banged up derailed Cooks season in 2019 which was his first season for 4 years with under 1,000 yards. Cooks is in fact the first player in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards with 3 teams, which I believe will become 4 in 2020. If you look just to 2018 Cooks was great finishing 3rd in catch percentage, and 6th in first downs on 3rd and 4th downs as well as 4th in yards per catch with over 60 targets while catching 69% of his targets. Cooks isn’t going to out strength defenders or go up and get it but instead he will destroy teams with finesse, Cooks has elite speed, elusiveness and shiftiness whilst also being a great route runner with safe hands. However, Cooks has now been traded 3 times, teams want him and give have given up considerable compensation to add him to their rosters but they have also all then traded him themselves, why is that? There must be something they know that we don’t.

23. T.Y. Hilton

Regular Season Stats – 10 games

T-60th in Targets, 67

55th in Catches, 45

28th in Catch Percentage with over 60 Targets, 67.2%

66th in Receiving Yards, 501

45th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 50.1

T-36th in Receiving Touchdowns, 5

74th in Yards Per Reception with over 40 Targets, 11.1

T-24th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 4.7

T-24th in NFL Passer Rating with over 40 Targets, 107.9

T-65th in 1st Down Receptions, 24

T-70th in Receiving Interceptions, 1

T-46th in best Drop Percentage, 4.4%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-58th in Targets, 22

- T-28th in Catch Percentage with over 20 Targets, 59%

- 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception

- T-56th in First Downs, 8

Red Zone

- T-50th in Targets, 8

- 5th in Catch Percentage with 5 or more Targets, 88%

- T-9th in Touchdowns, 5

- 0 Interceptions

T.Y. Hilton has shown at times to be one of the league’s best receivers, however injuries ruined his season in 2019. Hilton at 5ft 10 doesn’t make his money by wining jump balls or catches in traffic but instead with his quick release, speed and route running. Throughout his entire career Hilton has been an elite deep threat and the Colts will be hoping he can replicate that once again in 2020 with newly acquired gunslinger Phillip Rivers under centre. Unfortunately for Hilton he hasn’t had the best quality of quarterback in recent years with the exception of Andrew Luck in 2018 and I don’t expect Rivers to be much of an improvement in Jacoby Brissett in 2020. Hence, if the Colts begin the season badly, I wouldn’t be shocked to see another team come in and try and acquire Hilton. Additionally so far in Hiltons career his yards per game have followed a trend…

2014 - 90

2015 - 70

2016 - 90

2017 - 60

2018 - 90

2019 - 50

2020 - ?

If Hilton continues his current trend could we see a healthy T.Y. have another 90 yards per game year?

24. DeVante Parker

Regular Season Stats – 16 games 14 started

14th in Targets, 119

T-20th in Catches, 72

T-36th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 60.5%

4th in Receiving Yards, 1,202

11th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 75.1

3rd in Receiving Touchdowns, 9

7th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 16.7

T-52nd Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.7

15th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 105.8

10th in 1st Down Receptions, 58

20th in Receiving Interceptions, 4

T-51st in Best Drop Percentage, 4.7%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-24th in Targets, 34

- T-25th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 53%

- 4 Touchdowns, 3 Interceptions

- T-16th in First Downs, 18

Red Zone

- T-14th in Targets, 16

- T-24th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 50%

- T-5th in Touchdowns, 6

- 0 Interceptions

DeVante Parker had a great year in 2019 undoubtedly but I’m very cautious to jump on his band wagon just yet given in his first 4 years in the NFL he averaged 440 yards a season and Miami were ready to move on in free agency. At 6ft 3 he is a very big strong receiver hence ranking 4th in contested catches in 2019 and 2nd in receiving yards on contested catches in 2019, both according to Pro Football Focus. However, with that said he is still an average route runner with average hands who has no presence after the catch. To his credit after being embarrassed by Gilmore in their first meeting being held to 0 catches on 7 targets as well as being held to 5 catches on 10 targets for 55 yards against Buffalo, on the second time of meeting the Patriots and Bills he dropped 137 yards and 135 yards respectively. If Parker can put up another season like 2019 proving it was just a one season wonder he will definitely rise up the list.

25. JuJu Smith-Schuster

Regular Season Stats – 12 games

T-58th in Targets, 68

T-61st in Catches, 42

66th out of 98 in Catch Percentage with over 40 Targets, 61.8 %

61st in Receiving Yards, 552

55th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 46.0

T-58th in Receiving Touchdowns, 3

47th in Yards Per Reception with over 40 Targets, 13.1

13th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 5.5

73rd in NFL Passer Rating with over 40 Targets, 83.7

T-65th in 1st Down Receptions, 24

27th in Receiving Interceptions, 3

T-72nd in Best Drop Percentage, 7.1%

T-17th in Fumbles, 1

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-66th in Targets, 20

- 59th in Catch Percentage with over 20 Targets, 45%

- 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception

- T-63rd in First Downs, 6

Red Zone

- T-50th in Targets, 8

- T-50th in Catch Percentage with 5 or more Targets, 50%

- 0 Touchdowns

- 0 Interceptions

2019 was supposed to be the year JuJu proved he could be a true number one receiver and not a product of playing opposite Antonio Brown. However, although JuJu was dealing with knee and foot injuries his yards per game still fell from 89 to 46 and James Washington and Dionte Johnson finished the year with more receiving yards. It should also be noted JuJu was playing without Big Ben under centre which he will be in 2020 and will undoubtedly lead to a boost in his stats. While JuJu is particularly elite or great at any one thing, he is a very all-rounded and complete receiver. Going into 2020 JuJu needs to have a great bounce back year not only to prove himself as a legitimate number one receiver in Pittsburgh but also to get himself the big contract extension at the end of the year.

26. Emmanuel Sanders

Regular Season Stats – 16 games

31st in Targets, 96

T-26th Catches, 66

13th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 68.8%

29th in Receiving Yards, 869

43rd in Receiving Yards Per Game, 51.1

T-36th in Receiving Touchdowns, 5

25th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 13.2

T-58th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.6

40th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 84.1

T-61st in 1st Down Receptions, 28

T-5th in Receiving Interceptions, 7

T-9th in Best Drop Percentage, 2.1%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-86th in Targets, 15

- 1st in Catch Percentage with 15 or more Targets, 80%

- 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception

- T-53rd in First Downs, 10

Red Zone

- T-21st in Targets, 14

- T-18th in Catch Percentage, 57%

- T-19th in Touchdowns, 4

- 2 Interceptions

Play-Offs

8 Targets, 5 Catches

T-12th in Catch Percentage with over 5 Targets, 63%

23.7 Yards Per Game

0 Touchdowns

3rd & 4th Down – Targets, Catch Percentage

Since 2014 Emmanuel Sanders in my view has had the talent and production to be a number one receiver but quarterback play and his situations have led him to become very underrated. With the exception of Peyton Manning, Sanders has had to deal with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler and Case Keenum under centre. Then once he was traded to San Francisco the run heavy offensive scheme really held back Sanders numbers. Even at 33 Sanders has great speed and route running making him a threat all over the field but especially in the slot and deep. He showed on his very limited 3rd& 4th down sample size that he is still clutch in the big moments ranking 1st in catch percentage withn15 or more targets, catching 80% of his 15 targets, 10 of which went for first downs. Now going into 2020 Sanders really is in the best situation possible for him, he is lining up opposite Michael Thomas in a great pass happy offense with a future hall of famer throwing him the ball. Hence, I expect Sanders to have a great year and potentially break his 3 year drought of less than 1,000 receiving yards.

27. AJ Brown

Regular Season Stats – 16 games 11 started

44th in Targets, 84

T-43rd in Catches, 52

35th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 61.9 %

21st in Receiving Yards, 1,051

26th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 65.7

T-7th in Receiving Touchdowns, 8

2nd in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 20.2

1st in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 8.9

1st in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 127.6

T-29th in 1st Down Receptions, 42

T-41st in Receiving Interceptions, 2

T-17th in Best Drop Percentage, 2.4%

T-17th in Fumbles, 1

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-50th in Targets, 24

- 63rd out of 67 in Catch Percentage with over 20 Targets, 42%

- 3 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions

- T-61st in First Downs, 7

Red Zone

- T-50th in Targets, 8

- T-32nd in Catch Percentage with over 5 Targets, 63%

- T-19th in Touchdowns, 4

- 0 Interceptions

Play-Offs

10 Targets, 5 Catches

T-17th in Catch Percentage with more than 5 Targets, 50%

21.3 Yards Per Game

0 Touchdowns

3rd & 4th Down – Targets, Catch Percentage

A.J. Brown had a great rookie campaign in 2019 forcing his way into the number one receiver role in Tennessee. Throughout the draft process Brown was praised as the best route runner in the class and he showed it in 2019. Although A.J. Brown was the 18th fastest receiver at the 2019 combine finishing with a best 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds he plays fast. After the catch he’s one of the best in the league, he can explode into a second gear and elude chasing defenders. Despite his great year I believe A.J. still have some growing to do before he becomes a true number one receiver, while he was good in a small sample size in the RedZone he needs to prove he can produce the same on a larger scale as well as getting a lot better in big moments, he became a non-factor in the play-offs and was under average on 3rd& 4th downs in the regular season. Even with that said A.J. still ranked 3rd in yards per route run with over 50 targets in 2019 according to Pro Football Focus. I expect Brown to have a huge year in 2020, the Titans play action offense which saw Brown finish first in play action receiving yards in 2019 with 646 will continue to be lethal while they ride the back of Derrick Henry.

28. Terry McLaurin

Regular Season Stats – 14 games

T-34th in Targets, 91

T-36th Catches, 58

31st in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 63.7%

27th in Receiving Yards, 919

27th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 65.6

T-13th Receiving Touchdowns, 7

9th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 15.8

T-52nd in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.7

5th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 117.3

27th in 1st Down Receptions, 43

T-70th in Receiving Interceptions, 1

T-43rd in Best Drop Percentage, 4.3%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-60th in Targets, 21

- T-35th in Catch Percentage with over 20 Targets, 57%

- 0 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions

- T-48th in First Downs, 10

Red Zone

- T-24th in Targets, 13

- 15th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 62%

- T-32nd in Touchdowns, 3

- 0 Interceptions

Scary Terry like A.J. Brown had a huge rookie season in 2019, McLaurin showed off his extremely raw athleticism burning defenses deep with his speed whilst also showing the ability to run an extensive route tree. Despite being a very elusive and shifty route runner, he is a non-factor after the catch. He was one of 8 NFL receivers who recorded fewer than 25% of their receiving yards after the catch but still managed to total more than 800 receiving yards. Once McLaurin evolves the after-catch part of his game there is no reason for him not to become at least a top 20 receiver in my opinion.

29. Julian Edelman

Regular Season Stats – 16 games 13 started

T-4th in Targets, 147

4th in Catches, 100

T-18th in Catch Percentage with over 80 Targets, 68.0%

16th in Receiving Yards, 1,117

20th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 69.8

T-20th in Receiving Touchdowns, 6

T-40th in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 11.2

T-67th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 3.2

24th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 98.4

11th in 1st Down Receptions, 56

T-41st in Receiving Interceptions, 2

77th, 7th worst in Drop Percentage, 8.5%

T-2nd in Fumbles, 3

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-19th in Targets, 36

- T-17th in Catch Percentage with over 30 Targets, 58%

- 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception

- T-32th in First Downs, 14

Red Zone

- 4th in Targets, 22

- 13th in Catch Percentage with 10 or more Targets, 68%

- T-9th in Touchdowns, 5

- 1 Interception

Play-Offs

5 Targets, 3 Catches

T-26th in Catch Percentage, 60%

30 Yards Per Game

0 Touchdowns

3rd & 4th Down – Targets, Catch Percentage

Julian Edelman is one of the best, most productive and most trusted weapons we have seen in New England but is he a product of the system like so many Patriots receivers before him or is he truly great receiver. In 2019 Edelman’s production was purely down to a plethora of targets and lack of other receiving weapons, unlike years before Edelman’s greatest trait, his clutchness was really lacking, he was average on 3rd and 4th downs and caught 3 balls for 30 yards against the Titans in the play-offs. I believe Edelman is still one of the leagues hardest playing receivers as well as an elite slot receiver with great route running but as his age his athleticism and hands have begun to fail him as shown by Edelman leading the league in drops in 2019. With that said I wouldn’t be surprised to see Edelman put up another 1,000+ yard season with Newton under centre in 2020.

30. Calvin Ridley

Regular Season Stats – 13 games 10 started

T-34th in Targets, 91

T-30th in Catches, 63

T-24th in Catch Percentage with over 40 Targets, 69.2%

30th in Receiving Yards, 866

24th in Receiving Yards Per Game, 66.6

T-13th Receiving Touchdowns, 7

23rd in Yards Per Reception with over 80 Targets, 13.7

T-80th in Yards After Catch Per Reception, 2.2

9th in NFL Passer Rating with over 80 Targets, 115.9

23rd in 1st Down Receptions, 47

T-41st in Receiving Interceptions, 2

T-26th in Best Drop Percentage, 3.2%

0 Fumbles

3rd & 4th Downs

- T-48th in Targets, 25

- 20th in Catch Percentage, 64%

- 5 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions

- T-46th in First Downs, 13

Red Zone

- T-50th in Targets, 8

- T-32nd in Catch Percentage with 5 or more Targets, 63%

- T-19th in Touchdowns, 4

- 0 Interceptions

In my view if Calvin Ridley was playing in an offense where he was the primary receiver, he would prove himself to be a good number one receiver and have similar production to guys like D.J. Moore. However, when you play opposite Julio `jones and his 157 targets it’s hard to good production, with that said Ridley made the jump from 51 yards per game in his rookie season to 67 in 2019 which projects over 1,000 yards, the statistical hall mark for a number one receiver. I believe Ridley is a underrated route runner with the ability to go deep and be great in the RedZone, however, his sample size in RedZone in 2019 was very limited. Possibly his best ability is that he moves the chains, despite only having 91 targets and 63 catches he had 47 1st down receptions. With all that said, Ridley still spends the most of his time playing against single coverage and needs to prove he can be a number one receiver, whilst a very hard task if Ridley can breakout out of Julio’s shadow the way JuJu did opposite Antonio Brown or Godwin opposite Evans he will prove he can be a number one receiver.


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Stats from:


YPRR – PFF

PFF Receiving Grade when targeted vs single coverage – PFF

Targets, Catches - PFF

Catch Percentage - PFF

Receiving Yards - PFF

Receiving Yards Per Game – Pro Football Reference

Receiving Touchdowns - PFF

Yards Per Reception - PFF

Receiving Interceptions - PFF

Fumbles - PFF

NFL Passer Rating When Targeted With Over 50/80 Targets - PFF

Yards After Catch Per Reception - Pro Football Reference

Drop Percentage - Pro Football Reference

3rd & 4th Downs – Targets, Catches, Catch Percentage, Touchdowns, First Downs – Sharp Analytics

1st Down Receptions – Sharp Analytics

Red Zone -Targets, Catches, Catch Percentage, Touchdowns – Sharp Analytics

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