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Who’s the best receiver in the NFL?

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cornerbacks, in recent years, have become far more vocal than receivers, regularly arguing about who’s better than whom and otherwise trying to outdo each other. Receivers have become far less willing to talk about being better than specific peers.

With one of the best receivers in the NFL joining PFT Live on Wednesday, we’ll put it out to a vote: Who is the best receiver in the NFL?

I limited the finalists to six, with current abilities and track record among the biggest factors. Stefon Diggs, for example, may be currently playing better than anyone, but he has yet to do it long enough — and he has yet to experience the kind of relentless attention he’ll be facing from defenses who won’t have to worry about Adrian Peterson, for a while.

Vote below, and then tune in to Wednesday’s show at 6:00 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Radio. The simulcast launches at 7:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN, with Brown and Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. visiting the program.

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65 Responses to “Who’s the best receiver in the NFL?”
  1. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Sep 20, 2016 8:12 PM

    Not voting, but Odell is OVERRATED!!!

  2. kolbe213 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:13 PM

    Emanuelle Sanders and Stephon Diggs should be on this list.

    Pound for pound, Sanders is THE toughest dude in the NFL.

  3. calvinthegreat82 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:16 PM

    It’s easily still Calvin Johnson!

    (even though he was wasted talent on the Pitiful Lions.)

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 20, 2016 8:20 PM

    Just ask them, they’ll tell you. They aren’t shy.

  5. ariani1985 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:20 PM

    but all of the turd trolls said Jody Nelson was going to have 3000 yards by week 10! ready to eat crow frankie booth?

  6. sirxba says: Sep 20, 2016 8:20 PM

    Thumbs up if this question is obvious.

  7. ariani1985 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:21 PM

    but all of the turd trolls said Jody Nelson was going to have 3000 yards by week 10! ready to eat crow frankie booth? huh?

  8. footballfan825 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:21 PM

    I love watching Diggs but my vote still goes to Larry Fitzgerald.

  9. mrstinkypants says: Sep 20, 2016 8:24 PM

    I would like to see the results of this poll answered by NFL DB’s.

  10. skolvikes says: Sep 20, 2016 8:26 PM

    They’re all great.

    I still voted for Brown though, maybe it’s just because out of all of them, he has the best QB slinging it to him, IMO.

  11. duffelbagsports says: Sep 20, 2016 8:28 PM

    Slot receivers get no love. It’s about production and they produce. Look how folks devalued Wes Welker who was getting about 120 receptions a year. What has Dez really done?

  12. carloswlassiter says: Sep 20, 2016 8:32 PM

    I’d say Brown no. #1 for sure, then Julio and Green but Diggs looks like an up and coming stud in MN.

  13. egomaniac247 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:35 PM

    None of em dominated like larry fitz has dominated in the playoffs🙂

  14. bassplucker says: Sep 20, 2016 8:36 PM

    AFC Antonio Brown, NFC Julio Jones.

    Best up and commers, AFC Amari Cooper, NFC OBJ.

  15. back2ebayy says: Sep 20, 2016 8:36 PM

    jarvis landry is good but should not be on list. he is also a whiner. not to be confused with winner.

  16. egomaniac247 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:38 PM

    There are some great young wrs out there now but they all have a ways to go to match up with what Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Calvin Johnson did for many years.

  17. holeinone09 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:39 PM

    AB is the best right now. But he also has Ben throwing it to him. Ben can allow AB more time to get open because he is so hard to bring down and he can scramble. His 5 yard first down toss to Williams last week with Peco pulling him down was priceless.

  18. briandorry55 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:40 PM

    Brown…by a long shot. Good chance he’ll be the best not named Jerry Rice by the time it’s said and done.

  19. truths4all says: Sep 20, 2016 8:40 PM

    Fitz of the Cards

    The Vast Left Wing Marxist Conspiracy by Brain Dead “progressives” cannot perceive greatness so they left him out. (You know, its that stupid East Coast prejudice)

  20. hockeyflow30 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:41 PM

    Julian Edelman

  21. patsfiend says: Sep 20, 2016 8:45 PM

    JE11. That’s who.

  22. steelcurtainn says: Sep 20, 2016 8:46 PM

    I thought you knew. Your answer is in your picture. AB no question.

  23. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:47 PM

    truths4all says:
    Sep 20, 2016 8:40 PM
    Fitz of the Cards

    The Vast Left Wing Marxist Conspiracy by Brain Dead “progressives” cannot perceive greatness so they left him out. (You know, its that stupid East Coast prejudice)


    Must have been a 2 for 1 sale on tin foil at the dollar store.

  24. tjacks7 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:52 PM

    mrstinkypants says:

    I would like to see the results of this poll answered by NFL DB’s.


    If you ask Demarious Randall, he’ll say Stefon Diggs… with Adam Thielen as a close 2nd.

  25. j0esixpack says: Sep 20, 2016 8:54 PM

    No Edelman?

    I know he’s only averaging 7 catches a game but they usually keep the ball moving and no one quite seems able to stop him

  26. patsfan1820 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:57 PM

    Of this list I’d go with Antonio Brown, but not sure why Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t make the list.

  27. donttrollonme says: Sep 20, 2016 8:58 PM

    Where’s Doug Baldwin? Greatest of all time!

  28. butwhatabouttheintegrityofthegame says: Sep 20, 2016 9:00 PM


  29. dhandevidt says: Sep 20, 2016 9:00 PM

    I’m hoping diggs will be a stud for quite some time. But AB is hands down the best in the game right now.

  30. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 20, 2016 9:03 PM

    I think any head coach would have happy to have any of those guys. That’s probably all that matters.

    I’d like to have their paychecks…even just one week. I could probably retire.

  31. MichaelEdits says: Sep 20, 2016 9:03 PM

    Kelvin Benjamin #KeepPounding

  32. celriot1 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:03 PM

    He might not win, but B.Marsh not being an option makes this a complete joke. Dez Bryant has never even broke 100 grabs, neither has AJ Green. B.Marsh did six times including last year. He’s been a beast his entire career no matter who is throwing to him.

  33. majormalphunktion says: Sep 20, 2016 9:09 PM

    Larry is still the best in the game.

  34. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 20, 2016 9:09 PM

    DeAndre Hopkins. Just look at the QBs he played with last year and still produced.

  35. humb0lt says: Sep 20, 2016 9:10 PM

    The best receiver in the game unfortunately is on IR in San Diego – Keenan Allen. If he had not been injured the past two seasons he would top this list, easily. When he was playing, he was the most dominating WR in the league. DB’s who faced him will tell you this.

    Look for another name to emerge from San Diego – Tyrell Williams. Anybody who saw his 44-yard catch and run for 6 Sunday knows what I’m talking about.

  36. smartestmanonthecinder says: Sep 20, 2016 9:12 PM

    Jones & Brown are neck and neck at the top IMO, then a little dropoff to Green at 3, then another little dropoff to Hopkins, Bryant, and Beckham.

    Allen Robinson & Stefon Diggs will be on this list a year from now.

  37. pilot2011 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:15 PM

    Kelvin Benjamin is on track to be a part of this group very soon.

  38. montrealraider says: Sep 20, 2016 9:15 PM

    I think in 2-3 years from now Amari Cooper will be, or at least in the conversation. He has some flaws like staying in bounds and beating physical corners, but I think he will improve with time. But his route running, athletism and smooth ability to catch the deep ball are rare. Remember Antonio Brown wasnt even a full time starter until his 3rd year.

  39. TheDPR says: Sep 20, 2016 9:18 PM

    If you’re talking about best on the field (disregarding fantasy stats) right now it has to be Brown followed by Fitzgerald (not listed).

    Beckham and Bryant are both way overrated simply because of a few big plays and they both play for spotlight teams. Edelman(not listed), Nuk/Green (tied), and Jones round out the top five/six.

    Two guys most likely to be top 5 in a year or two: Cooks and Diggs.

  40. billbrasky72 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:19 PM

    DIGGS! (In my best Danny Glover voice)

  41. mooncussersss says: Sep 20, 2016 9:24 PM

    As a Patriot fan, I’d like to at least see Julian’s name on the list. As far as the best, it’s no contest. Antonio Brown is easily the best

  42. tylawspick6 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:39 PM

    How is the 2nd best WR in the AFC (Edelman) not on this list?

    Keep it up, morons. You haters keep digging your own graves.

  43. bigace73 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:46 PM

    Im a Broncos fan & of the choices above…this is tough but i choose Brown. Now…i could make an argument for Emanual Sanders also, who in my opinion has surpassed D. Thomas…DeAndre Hopkins is also very good although he has that guy Brent Osweiller throwing to him..

  44. deepenwide says: Sep 20, 2016 9:55 PM

    After 2 games Kelvin Benjamin has a stat line of 13-199-3. He is tied for first with the 3 td’s.

  45. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Sep 20, 2016 10:10 PM

    How about a poll on why we think the NFL’s ratings are down?

  46. censoredagain says: Sep 20, 2016 10:23 PM

    AB lost some points with that one that bounced off his hands this past Sunday. That was pitiful

    BUT….cant go wrong with him or OBJ, two of the best in the NFL

  47. yesser12 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:36 PM

    I think Mike Evans should at least be on the list.

  48. tgadler says: Sep 20, 2016 10:45 PM

    Easily Antonio Brown. No contest really.

  49. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Sep 20, 2016 10:50 PM

    Randy Moss, y’all

  50. philyeagles5 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:51 PM

    if all are 100% healthy, Gronk is the best receiver in the league.

  51. chc4 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:51 PM

    Julio is a monster.

  52. navyvike says: Sep 20, 2016 11:09 PM

    None of the above-Diggs of Minn

  53. emmitt22bates40 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:13 PM


  54. nflazcardsfan says: Sep 20, 2016 11:30 PM

    Larry Fitzgerald is the greatest receiver since Jerry Rice, and one of the best people involved in the game today.

    His numbers might be a A WHOLE LOT better had he had better QBs (Lindley, Hall, Skelton, Anderson, Kolb, etc).

  55. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 20, 2016 11:33 PM

    Diggs sure looks like the real deal but he’s got to do it for an extended period. I don’t see any Fudge listed here?

  56. spiffy1001 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:54 PM

    The only ones voting for Dez are homer Cowboy fans.

    Homer Cowboy fan that voted for Dez

  57. broncosgreatestfan says: Sep 21, 2016 1:52 AM

    Gotta be Hopkins, looked at what he has done with crap QBs. Brown was irrelevant without Big Ben last year. Jones, Beckham and Green are all big play receivers but Hopkins does it all.

  58. metalhead65 says: Sep 21, 2016 2:22 AM

    how is Alshon Jeffery not on this list? the guy catches everything thrown to him even though everybody knows it is coming.

  59. rushbacker says: Sep 21, 2016 2:23 AM

    Never change, Pats fans.

  60. silverbackdk says: Sep 21, 2016 3:09 AM

    IF you include blocking, leadership and positive impact on team Larry Fitzgerald is better than any of these kids. Sure he is not as fast as he used to be, but the hands are still no 1.

  61. youknowyourteamisgreatwhenthetrollscantstop says: Sep 21, 2016 11:25 AM

    He can do this “All Day”, because BUSINESS IS BOOMING!!!

  62. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 21, 2016 12:18 PM

    Diggs lead the Vikings last year and leads the League this year, you say he didn’t get listed because he hasn’t done it long enough yet???? He was a Rookie last year!
    He will make this poll irrelevant.

  63. bluenose1965 says: Sep 21, 2016 2:30 PM

    A poll with a picture of one of the participants. Not really a balanced study is it?

  64. jerrod777 says: Sep 22, 2016 9:29 AM

    My poll shows Jarvis Landry as a possible vote, but then Dez Bryant show up in the results. So, you can’t vote for Dez, or if you vote for Jarvis Landry you get a Dez vote. Fix this please if you want an accurate vote.

  65. Ugadogs21 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:32 PM

    Antonio Brown is a beast. Quick feet and always under control.

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