By our count there were 20 “true number 1” wide receivers in the NFL last year. Too bad there are 32 teams…
It gets worse for the have-not’s as three teams had two receivers that performed at a level consistent with a #1 grade.
Two of those three teams (the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams) will start next year with 1a and 1b receivers while the Pittsburgh Steelers jettisoned one of their wide out’s, maybe you heard about it…
Dallas finally got a true number one receiver, and the Cincinnati Bengals have one but its not A.J Green?
The Top 20 NFL Wide Receivers
|1||Michael Thomas||New Orleans Saints||1.853|
|2||DeAndre Hopkins||Houston Texans||1.708|
|3||Tyreek Hill||Kansas City Chiefs||1.614|
|4||Davante Adams||Green Bay Packers||1.503|
|5||Antonio Brown||Pittsburgh Steelers||1.497|
|6||Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons||1.462|
|7||Adam Thielen||Minnesota Vikings||1.142|
|8||Mike Evans||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1.117|
|9||JuJu Smith-Schuster||Pittsburgh Steelers||1.004|
|10||T.Y. Hilton||Indianapolis Colts||0.84|
|11||Brandin Cooks||Los Angeles Rams||0.837|
|12||Robert Woods||Los Angeles Rams||0.799|
|13||Keenan Allen||Los Angeles Chargers||0.769|
|14||Tyler Lockett||Seattle Seahawks||0.572|
|15||Amari Cooper||Dallas Cowboys||0.554|
|16||Julian Edelman||New England Patriots||0.551|
|17||Tyler Boyd||Cincinnati Bengals||0.15|
|18||Odell Beckham Jr||New York Giants||0.112|
|19||Kenny Golladay||Detroit Lions||0.03|
|20||Calvin Ridley||Atlanta Falcons||0.003|
Much like our NFL Running Back Review these rankings are based solely on last years performance. These are the only wide receivers in the NFL that we give a positive grade.
The three closest receivers, that are just below the Mendoza Line, are:
|Alshon Jeffery||WR||Philadelphia Eagles||-0.011|
|Mike Williams||WR||Los Angeles Chargers||-0.04|
|Jarvis Landry||WR||Cleveland Browns||-0.196|
So the Eagles almost have a #1, the Chargers almost have 2, and Odell and Landry should team up to give Baker Mayfield a legit receiving tandem in Cleveland.
Interestingly if we apply this same formula to Tight Ends – three of them performed up to the level of a #1 receiver last year:
|Travis Kelce||TE||Kansas City Chiefs||1.452|
|George Kittle||TE||San Francisco 49ers||0.6|
|Eric Ebron||TE||Indianapolis Colts||0.42|
First of all, what are they doing to produce NFL quality TE’s at Iowa? George Kittle was the second most effective pass receiving TE in the NFL last year and 2 more Hawkeye TE’s are poised to be first round picks this year.
Also, Travis Kelce is easily as (more?) effective as any WR and Tarik Cohen was the only RB in the top 50.
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If you are interested in seeing the top 50 pass catchers in the NFL you can download our worksheet here.