In today’s NFL, fans get to witness some of the greatest talents at the wide receiver position. Fans are blessed with such great talent and play on the field every single week. The talent level at the wide receiver position is astonishing. The position group hasn’t been this deep for quite some time. The players who made this list are the most talented at their position.The numbers posted by these players last season played a role in these rankings, as well as who may have the best 2019 season. So who are the best wide receivers in the NFL? Let’s dig in.
1: DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
DeAndre Hopkins has played with several different quarterbacks throughout his career. The productivity has always been there regardless of who was under center. Now with Deshaun Watson as his quarterback his game has been taken to another level. Hopkins has the size, speed, and maybe the best catch radius in the league. Just throw it up and Hopkins always has a 50/50 chance to come down with the ball.
2: Julio Jones, Falcons
Julio is probably the most physically gifted receiver on this list. Julio Jones has led the NFL in receiving yards per game in three of the last four seasons. He’s had 1400 yards or more in five consecutive seasons. Jones is a nightmare for opposing defenses with his size, speed, and route running ability.
3: Antonio Brown, Steelers
Antonio Brown has been on a tear since 2013. Six straight season of 100 or more catches and 1200 or more receiving yards. Say what you want about Brown but he’s the most productive wide receiver we’ve seen in a very long time. Brown will be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
4: Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
Beckham has missed 16 games over the past two seasons but he’s still amazingly talented. He’s back healthy and he’s playing with a better quarterback, Baker Mayfileld. Odell will look to make a statement next season so expect more high level play this upcoming season.
5: Michael Thomas, Saints
After the season Michael Thomas just had it’s appropriate to slot him in at number five on the list. Thomas holds the record for most catches in his first three seasons in the NFL. He’s not a deep threat but he’s a great possession receiver. It’s safe to say Drew Brees loves his big target.
6: Keenan Allen, Chargers
Keenan Allen is the most underrated receiver you’ll probably see on this list. He’s well deserving of the number five spot on the list but health concerns will push him down to six. Allen is a great route runner who can create separation with ease. He’s a reliable possession receiver for Philip Rivers.
7: Davante Adams, Packers
Adams had a career high season last year as he finished the season with 111 catches, 1,386 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns. Adams can thank his superb route running skills for that. With new head coach Matt LaFleur coming in he should continue to be the number one receiver in this Packers offense.
8: Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
Hill is the best deep threat in the NFL today. Defenses need a safety over the top at all times to help cover the speedster. He’s the most explosive player in the NFL and we see glimpses of that every Sunday. His route running skills have developed over time while he’s been in the NFL. Pending suspension Hill should have another great season.
9: Adam Thielen, Vikings
Eight straight games of 100 yards to start the season, Adam Thielen was unstoppable. The former undrafted receiver has been very productive the last two seasons and he’s cemented himself as a top ten receiver in the game today.
10: Mike Evans, Buccaneers
Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick we’re throwing Evans the ball last season and he still accumulated a career high 1,524 receiving yards. Bruce Arians is now the head coach in Tampa so expect more plays down the field for Mike Evans.
11: Juju Smith-Schuster, Steelers
Juju is the youngest player on this list. At just 22 years old Smith-Schuster finished the season with 111 catches, 1,426 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. With Antonio Brown now in Oakland we will see if Juju can keep up this production.
12: T.Y. Hilton, Colts
T.Y Hilton has never finished a season with 100 catches or more but he’s passed 1,000 receiving yards five times in his seven year career. Now that Andrew Luck has more time to throw the ball Hilton has been able to make more plays down the field.
13: Stefon Diggs, Vikings
The Vikings had clear offensive line problems last season, so we weren’t able to see the consistent deep field threat that Diggs is capable of being. He still finished the season with 102 catches, 1,021 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns.
14: A.J. Green, Bengals
Green has missed a lot of time the last three seasons. He has more than enough left in the tank to get back to top ten status in Zac Taylor’s offense.
15: Amari Cooper, Raiders
Cooper was a huge boost to the Dallas Cowboys offense once he was traded. Cooper was slowly becoming a non factor in the Raiders offense. Cooper needed the Cowboys just as bad as they needed him.
16: Julian Edelman, Patriots
Edelman is a machine in this Patriots offense with Tom Brady. He’s able to create separation and get open all over the field. Edelman has a few more seasons of being the number one target in New England.
17: Brandin Cooks, Rams
Cooks has surpassed 1,000 yards in three straight seasons. His quickness and route running ability allow him to stretch the field for the Rams offense.
18: Robert Woods, Rams
Robert Woods is a do it all receiver for this Rams offense. Woods posted career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns last season.
19: Jarvis Landry, Browns
Arguably one of the best slot receivers in the game today. Landry’s numbers decreased last season but with the addition of Odell Beckham he should see more one one opportunities.
20: Tyler Boyd, Bengals
Boyd is a legit number two receiver in the Bengals offense. Tyler posted a career high season with 76 catches, 1,028 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. The duo of Boyd and Green will be good for Zac Taylor.
21: Cooper Kupp, Rams
The Rams clearly missed Kupp once he went down with a torn ACL last season. Kupp is the most important receiver on their roster. He makes this offense better as a whole. Jared Goff will need his favorite target back on the field soon.
22: Kenny Golladay, Lions
Golladay is ready for a breakout season in year three. He’s the clear cut number one receiver for Matt Stafford. Look forward to and upward trend in his numbers next season.
23: Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
Tyler Lockett was an important piece to the Seattle Seahawks offense. Lockett had a solid season last year, 57 catches, 965 yards, and 10 touchdowns. With the retirement of Doug Baldwin Lockett could see more production this upcoming season.
24: Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
Jeffery hasn’t had 1,000 yards in a season since 2014. He’s just been steady having 700 or more yards since 2015. With a fully healthy Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery has the ability to get back to that 1,000 yard receiving mark.
25: Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
Sanders has played with poor quarterbacks since the departure of Peyton Manning. If it wasn’t for injury Sanders would’ve had an 1,000 yard season last year.