Who are the NFL’s best receivers?

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We’re always looking for ideas for the patent-pending PFT Live draft. On Wednesday, Browns receiver Jarvis Landry handed us one.

He said he’s the best receiver in the NFL. Many disagreed. So Simms and I decided to settle it by making the question the subject of Thursday’s three-round draft.

I won the toss and deferred. And then I won the draft, according both to Stats and to those who responded to the poll question on Twitter, in part because Simms passed on DeAndre Hopkins not once but twice.

If you haven’t heard the picks, check out the discussion. It was spirited, as it usually is. Primarily since it’s the closest thing to actual competition that Simms and I will be experiencing any time soon.

39 responses to “Who are the NFL’s best receivers?

  1. Saints’ Michael Thomas is better than most, nearly all on that list, and is still an ascending player…

    Guess if you’re not from one of the preferred team markets, you don’t count?

  2. uncletuna says:
    May 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    Saints’ Michael Thomas is better than most, nearly all on that list, and is still an ascending player…

    Guess if you’re not from one of the preferred team markets, you don’t count?

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    IMO you need 3 consecutive years of elite production to get your name in this convo

  3. uncletuna says:
    May 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    Saints’ Michael Thomas is better than most, nearly all on that list, and is still an ascending player…

    Guess if you’re not from one of the preferred team markets, you don’t count?
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    He’s not that good. He’s an above average player with a HOF QB and no competition at his position.

  4. Brown, OBJ, Julio and Hopkins are Top 4. Everyone else is a level below.

  5. RogerGoodellGropedMe says:
    May 24, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    Probably not “the best”, but Alshon Jeffery had a great year for Philly. I’d put him in the top 5 at least.

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    he had numbers comparable to Dez Bryant and the consensus on Dez is that he’s washed up

  6. Brown and Hopkins are my first two.
    But Landry isn’t too far behind.

    400 catches in 4 years are mind-boggling.
    Next closest? Anquan Boldin with 342.
    In comparison: Brown had 261 his first 4 and DeAndre had 317.

    Landry’s TDs are comparable to those in their first 4 years.
    His yardage isn’t as flashy – and that may be because of talent, or due to his routes as a slot WR.

    Bottom line: a WR needs to move the chains and catch whats thrown to them, and Jarvis has done that to a degree to where he warrants a seat at this conversation.

  7. Well, I’d say possibly Larry Fitzgerald (1156yds in 2017) if you’re just talking when they do their normal receiving job. But, though he missed last season (and the Pats still got to the SB), I’d prob give “best of the best” to Edelman (1106yds in 2016, plus 57 on a dozen runs) because of the top half dozen receivers in the he’s also a great returner.

  8. But Landry isn’t too far behind.

    400 catches in 4 years are mind-boggling.
    Next closest? Anquan Boldin with 342.
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    Uh, you definitely need a new source of stats–Brown 472 receptions, Larry Fitz 388, Julio 409, Hopkins 361, etc.

  9. u4iadman says:
    May 24, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    Remember when people foolishly wanted kevon white over Amari cooper?

    Haha!

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    I really wish Al Davis was alive for that draft.

    Signed a Bears Fan

  10. ktoast says:
    May 24, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    RogerGoodellGropedMe says:
    May 24, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    Probably not “the best”, but Alshon Jeffery had a great year for Philly. I’d put him in the top 5 at least.

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    he had numbers comparable to Dez Bryant and the consensus on Dez is that he’s washed up

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    Yea and one had a torn rotator cuff the entire season

  11. FlashPatterson says….He’s not that good. He’s an above average player with a HOF QB and no competition at his position.
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    200 catches for 2300 yds and 14 TD’s in 2 years. He is that good, and you are that stupid.yes, Drew is a HOF QB, but he is known to spread the ball around. No competition? His stats his 1st year were as good as Brandin Cooks, who was in his 3rd year. And last year, The Saints RAN the ball! A LOT.Not to mention both Ingram and Kamara caught a lot of passes. Please be informed next time, unelss you like the taste of your foot.

  12. re: Michael Thomas & “IMO you need 3 consecutive years of elite production to get your name in this convo,” yeah, but maybe a little allowance should be made for a dude who has accomplished so much in his first two years. And to whoever said Thomas has no competition at his position, I mean, I invite you to actually watch a Saints game, you’ll be in for quite a surprise

  13. I’m glad AJ Green was picked. He deserves to be mentioned with the best, but Bengals players don’t usually get their due.

  14. streetyson says:
    May 24, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    Well, I’d say possibly Larry Fitzgerald (1156yds in 2017) if you’re just talking when they do their normal receiving job. But, though he missed last season (and the Pats still got to the SB), I’d prob give “best of the best” to Edelman (1106yds in 2016, plus 57 on a dozen runs) because of the top half dozen receivers in the he’s also a great returner.
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    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??????????? That is a ridiculous thing to say. Edelman had 3 TD’s in 2016. Brown had 12, Jordy had 14, ODB had 10, Evans had 12. Plus ALL of them had more yards, and more catches than Edelman (98), except Jordy and Evans, and they had 97 and 96 respectively. And, I didn’t even mention Hopkins and Fitz.

    And I also didn’t even mention 2017, where most of those guys had better numbers than 2016. So, try again.

  15. 1-A. Brown
    2-DHop
    3-OBJ
    4-Julio Jones
    5-AJ Green

    honorable mention: Larry Fitz, Jordy Nelson (Not anymore, but can’t ignore how good he has been up until last season when healthy), Jarvis Landry, Edelman, Keenan Allen and if Michael Thomas has another 92+ catch 1150+ yard season he can enter the conversation as well.

  16. I really don’t think there is much in it when we talk about the top 10. What makes some stand out depends who is throwing to them. Although Julio Jones is my pick for 1 But Jarvis Laundry is my no. 2 and my favourite player and the Browns are in for a treat. If JL was playing with a top notch QB he would be no.1. Everybody else from 3 to 10 unbelievable players but not as good. As Laundry’s good friend he would challenge Jones for top spot but his unstable behaviour is not good for anybody.

  17. Hopkins has the ability to be #1…he may have the best hands in the league and the speed to go with it. If he had a QB…he would be an easy #1.

  18. Larry Fitzgerald is the best receiver since Jerry Rice left. Not even close…

  19. Brown and Hopkins. Easily! Brown brings it every year, and Hopkins does good with anyone who is his QB, unless his name is Brock Oswiler. Last year I drafted Hopkins, him and Fuller killed it with Watson at QB. When Watson went down I feared his production would go down and tried to Trade him. Nobody took a Trade with me. To their chagrin, the Texans offense would only score a touchdown or two each week with Savage, but that one or two TD’s was ALWAYS Hopkins. I went on to win my second fantasy title in two years. Many mocked me for taking him early in the draft, and ate their words.

  20. nysteelerfan says:
    May 24, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    streetyson says:
    May 24, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    Well, I’d say possibly Larry Fitzgerald (1156yds in 2017) if you’re just talking when they do their normal receiving job. But, though he missed last season (and the Pats still got to the SB), I’d prob give “best of the best” to Edelman (1106yds in 2016, plus 57 on a dozen runs) because of the top half dozen receivers in the he’s also a great returner.
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    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??????????? That is a ridiculous thing to say. Edelman had 3 TD’s in 2016…

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    You’re shocked? Pats homers on this site have a compulsive drive to interject the Pats into any football-related conversation that has nothing to do with the Pats. Consequently, we get situations like Julian Edelman being argued as one of the top WRs in the NFL. That’s not a knock on Edelman — he’s an above-average WR — but come on.

  21. streetyson says:
    May 24, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    Well, I’d say possibly Larry Fitzgerald (1156yds in 2017) if you’re just talking when they do their normal receiving job. But, though he missed last season (and the Pats still got to the SB), I’d prob give “best of the best” to Edelman (1106yds in 2016, plus 57 on a dozen runs) because of the top half dozen receivers in the he’s also a great returner.

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    this is why people hate pats fans. Edalman isnt in the top 20. sorry. hes a scheme guy, nothing more

  22. cardsfann1 says:
    May 24, 2018 at 2:47 pm
    Larry Fitzgerald is the best receiver since Jerry Rice left. Not even close…

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    please…dont be silly

  23. julio jones couldn’t hold josh gordon and jarvis mandry’s jockstrap. browns will win the superbowl!!!! GO STEELERS!!!!!! HOORAH!!!!!!

  24. I love the Pats fans who would take Edelman over Brown. If Brown had Brady & no LevBell , he’d put up 2k+ yards & the Pats fanboys would actually have a dynasty to crow about.

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