Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, Emmanuel Sanders, Isaiah Hodgins, Isaiah McKenzie, Duke Williams, Jake Kumerow, Tanner Gentry
Stefon Diggs was probably the best WR in the NFL last year, and the depth behind him is insane. Cole Beasley landed his first All-Pro appearance last year, Gabriel Davis is starting to come along as a solid backup, and Emmanuel Sanders is excellent for depth.
- Arizona Cardinals
DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, A.J. Richardson, JoJo Ward, Isaac Whitney
Again with the position depth, DHop has A.J. Green and Christian Kirk behind him, both of whom are passable number two options, and the jury is still out on whether Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson can develop into a premier talent that Kyler Murray can use.
- Dallas Cowboys
Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, Aaron Parker
This core is short, sweet, and dangerous. Gallup may have had an awful 2020 season, but he still has room to grow, especially after spending only three seasons in the NFL. CeeDee Lamb had an excellent, promising rookie year. Behind them, I like Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown as last resort options.
- Cleveland Browns
Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, KhaDarel Hodge, Derrick Willies, Ja’Marcus Bradley, JoJo Natson, Ryan Switzer, Alexander Hollins
I originally had the Browns a little lower on this list, but ODB and Jarvis are too good of a pair to write off. That being said, are Beckham and Landry seriously better than pairings like Woods-Kupp and Metcalf-Lockett? No, but let me tell y’all a little something about Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Either of these WR’s could be second options on a talented core and they would get boosted on this list. After Beckham’s and Landry’s injury, these two stepped up and made passing defenses hurt.
- Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, Brandon Powell, Christian Blake, Olamide Zaccheaus, Greg Dortch, Chris Rowland
I am not exactly sure why Julio fell off so much last year, but I am not expecting that trend to continue. When healthy and at full productivity, Julio and Ridley are the best WR tandem in the entire NFL. My main worry is that the depth on the Falcons is pretty awful. Needless to say, Russell Gage and Brandon Powell are not the same as Jones and Ridley by any stretch.
- Los Angeles Rams
Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, DeSean Jackson, Van Jefferson, Nsimba Webster, Trishton Jackson, J.J. Koski
If NFLHeads had favorite player awards, Robert Woods would absolutely be in the conversation. Additionally, Van Jefferson was an unsung hero of the Rams’ struggling offense. While it might seem like there is not much to get excited about with the Rams’ offense, look to this WR core for some exciting games.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scott Miller, Tyler Johnson, Justin Watson, Josh Pearson, Travis Jonsen, Cyril Grayson
Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have been tearing up the NFL for a few years now, and Scott Miller thinks of himself as some sort of cheetah. There is no doubt that this is a talented group, but the Bucs will really miss Antonio Brown.
- Seattle Seahawks
D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Freddie Swain, Aaron Fuller, Darvin Kidsy, Cody Thompson
I have similar concerns with the Seahawks that I do with the Falcons, Metcalf and Lockett are an extremely dominant duo, but the depth behind them is rather embarrassing, especially after the loss of David Moore and Josh Gordon.
- Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Auden Tate, Mike Thomas, Stanley Morgan Jr., Scotty Washington, Trenton Irwin
Tyler Boyd has been a pretty good transition from the greatness of A.J. Green, who is likely the best WR the Bengals have ever seen. Tee Higgins and Auden Tate showed talent last season, and Mike Thomas is a Draft Diamonds favorite who is slated to have a great season.
- Minnesota Vikings
Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Chad Beebee, Bisi Johnson, Dan Chisena, K.J. Osborn
It should have been Justin Jefferson getting that rookie of the year award, but the NFL goofed and gave it to the wrong Justin. Justin Jefferson was probably a top 3 WR in his first year in the NFL, and Jefferson-Thielen is a great response to people who thought that Stefon Diggs’ absence was going to leave this WR core totally destitute.
- New York Giants
Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, John Ross III, Dante Petts, C.J. Board, David Sills V, Derrick Dillon, Austin Mack, Alex Bachman
The Golladay signing was an excellent signing from the New York Giants, and is going to boost this already humming offense tenfold. Aside from that, I really like what I see from Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, and John Ross and Dante Pettis both look like players that have immense potential.
- Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, K.J. Hamler, DaeSean Hamilton, Diontae Spencer, Tyrie Cleveland, Trinity Benson, Kendall Hinton
This Broncos core is a group full of question marks, but let’s be honest these first five players could all be future stars once they find their potential. Patrick carried down the stretch while the Broncos were enduring the loss of Courtland Sutton, and Jerry Jeudy did show some remarkable improvement as the season went along.
- Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, Malik Taylor, Juwann Winfree, Kabion Ento, Reggie Begelton, Chris Blair
Find a more fun set of names than this group, I dare you. Nah but in all seriousness this is not an extremely talented group, what pushes them up on this list is that Aaron Rodgers is an automatic boost to all of the talent around him, the main examples here being Allen Lazard and MVS. By themselves, this core is not the best ever, but with Rodgers they are a solid starting group.
- Washington Football Team
Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Kelvin Harmon, Cam Sims, Antonio Gandy-Golden, Isaiah Wright, Steven Sims Jr., Emmanuel Hall, Tony Brown, Jeff Badet, Trevor Davis, Dylan Cantrell
I hate the Curtis Samuel signing. The NFL community was waiting for the Curtis Samuel breakout season for a good four seasons now, although I will admit he is a solid backup. Terry McLaurin only improved as a second year WR, and is the leader of this offense. Not a ton to be excited about other than that, Antonio Gandy-Golden is a young player who could potentially do some damage and Cam Sims was a solid third WR so there is potential in this group.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault Jr., Phillip Dorsett, Jon’Vea Johnson, Terry Godwin, Josh Hammond, Collin Johnson, Jamal Agnew
This year my favorite player might be Tyus Bowser, but last year I was head over heels for the future of none other than Jacksonville WR D.J. Chark, because my God did he carry down the stretch in Jacksonville. Marvin Jones has been nothing if not consistent for his entire career, and Laviska Shenault was an interesting watch last year. While the Phillip Dorsett signing is not my favorite, he will not be a huge offensive piece so I don’t really care.
- Carolina Panthers
D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, Brandon Zylstra, Omar Bayless, Juwan Johnson, Ventell Bryant, Ishmael Hyman, Jake Lampman
D.J. Moore might be the most overrated WR in football, but Robby Anderson is such a good complement that I am not sure that it matters all too much. I would put this group a little higher if they were not so incredibly shallow once you get into the WR2 category. The talent dropoff from Anderson to Brandon Zylstra is startling, and it just gets worse from there.
- Chicago Bears
Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Darnell Mooney, Javon Wims, Riley Ridley, DeAndre Carter, Rodney Adams, Reggie Davis, Thomas Ives, Jester Weah
Allen Robinson is a great talent, but relations between Robinson and the Bears have been tenuous, and I believe this relationship is about to dissolve into shambles within a year. Behind Robinson, I really do not see this core doing much damage at all. Anthony Miller is similar to Curtis Samuel above in that we have been waiting for the breakout season for forever. By the way, Darnell Mooney farming fantasy points does not make him a good WR in actuality, so let’s calm down on him.
- Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow, John Brown, Bryan Edwards, Zay Jones, Keelan Doss, Marcell Ateman, Trey Quinn
It’s just too young of a group. Ruggs and Renfrow showed spark, but spark is not enough unless at least one of these receivers is prolific (neither are). I have also had to come to terms with the fact that John Brown is not a starter, and that having him in your WR group isn’t a game changer per see, it’s just a huge advantage and boosts depth.
- New England Patriots
Julian Edelman, Nelson Agholor, N’Keal Harry, Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Donte Moncrief, Quincy Adeboyejo, Matthew Slater, Isaiah Zuber, Kristian Wilkerson
Julian Edelman has barely ever had a full 16 game season, and he does not have Tom Brady throwing to him any more. While I do like the Agholor and Bourne signings, I’d like to remind everyone about a little fun fact about Nelson Agholor. While he might have had a great 2020, especially in the red zone, Agholor was the butterfinger king of 2019. I would not trust him to have another great season unless I saw it again.
- San Francisco 49ers
Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Richie James, Jalen Hurd, River Cracraft, Jauan Jennings, Matt Cole, Austin Proehl, Kevin White
Deebo Samuel is another unsung NFL hero, but he is unsung because he is always injured which is a bad problem. Brandon Aiyuk did look very excellent in his debut with the Niners last year, but they are going to need more than a young second year player and an oft injured star to build a good core.
- New York Jets
Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios, Vyncint Smith, Josh Doctson, Jeff Smith, Lawrence Cager, D.J. Montgomery, Josh Malone, Mannaseh Bailey, Jaleel Scott
The Corey Davis signing was great don’t get me wrong, but what proof do we have that Corey Davis is a number one WR? We weren’t even sure he was anything more than a bust until his breakout season last year, and my fear is that he is probably going to become the next Sammy Watkins. What the Jets have is four very talented number 2 WR’s, and no dominant first WR’s.
- Indianapolis Colts
Michael Pittman Jr., Zach Pascal, T.Y. Hilton, Dezmon Patmon, Ashton Dulin, De’Michael Harris, Quartney Davis, Gary Jennings
Pittman is amazing, unfortunately a similar problem arises with the Jets where there are a lot of talented second receivers, and no number 1 WR’s. And no, T.Y. Hilton does not count anymore, he has aged very badly over recent years and can barely be relied upon as a number 3.
- Los Angeles Chargers
Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton, Tyron Johnson, K.J. Hill, Joe Reed, John Hurst, Jason Moore
The inverse issue arises with the Chargers than with the Jets, the Chargers have a very good starter in Keenan Allen, but nobody else to help him out. Mike Williams is a flashy, but untrustable playmaker for the LA Chargers and will probably be gone within the next couple years.
- Kansas City Chiefs
Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle, Gehrig Dieter, Marcus Kemp, Joe Fortson, Dalton Scheon, Maurice Ffrench, Antonio Callaway, Chad Williams
Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes carry this group like you wouldn’t believe, the featured receivers below Hill are either a group of rather untalented number two WR’s, or a flock of special teamers. We saw it in the Super Bowl, there is nothing to be excited about with this group past Tyreek Hill.
- Tennessee Titans
A.J. Brown, Josh Reynolds, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Rashard Davis, Cameron Batson, Mason Kinsey, Chester Rogers, Cody Hollister, Marcus Johnson
The Titans are going to miss Corey Davis very much, A.J. Brown had a quieter second year than I expected, but showed that he is a solid first receiver that can be dominant and physical during and after the catch. After that we have Josh Reynolds who had a small breakout season with the Rams before falling into free agency this year.
- New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, Juwan Johnson, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Jake Lampman
Remember when everybody on planet Earth thought that Michael Thomas would be the most prolific receiver in NFL history and we would be building ice sculptures and singing sea poems about him for the rest of his career? Yeah that was cute. Thomas has gone from the best WR in the league to a player that has trade rumors swarming him like flies day in and day out. The depth does not help either, Thomas has nobody around that can supplement for him, and it gets worse when considering that the Saints have no cap room to sign anybody right now.
- Miami Dolphins
Will Fuller, DeVante Parker, Preston Williams, Allen Hurns, Lynn Bowden Jr., Jakeem Grant, Isaiah Ford, Mack Hollins, Kirk Merritt, Malcolm Perry, Robert Foster, Kai Locksley
Will Fuller is a game changer, and Davante Parker has had a career revival with the Dolphins. The catcher is that neither of them really excite me, and the depth behind them is pretty wretched. Additionally, Fuller has terrible injury issues (mind you he is their most talented player) and half of this group sat out the 2020 season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Ray-Ray McCloud, Anthony Johnson, Cody White, Tyler Simmons
Pittsburgh signing Smith-Schuster to an extension might actually have been the worst part of the offseason for the Steelers, and for any NFL team at large. If Antonio Brown, arguably the best WR in football, doesn’t get to stay on the Steelers for acting like a jackass then why the hell is JuJu, an unremarkable second receiver who gets worse every single year, getting more leash and more money. Thank God for Chase Claypool.
- Baltimore Ravens
Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay, James Proche II, Jaylon Moore, Antoine Wesley, Deon Cain, Binjimen Victor
Hollywood Brown had a massive recession in 2020 and everybody else after him is a number three or four receiver, it is truly amazing how much Lamar Jackson is able to cook up with this untalented group.
- Houston Texans
Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Chris Conley, Andre Roberts, Keke Coutee, Isaiah Coulter, Chris Moore, Steven Mitchell Jr.
Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb have already pretty much flamed out, they are done being dominant receivers in the NFL. So if that is the case, then why are the Texans trying to sell us this BS with Cooks/Cobb. Another little side note I have is that why do you need two return men – the Texans signed both Andre Roberts and Chris Moore in the offseason which seems pretty unnecessary.
- Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward Jr., Quez Watkins, John Hightower, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Hakeem Butler
Jalen Reagor is a rookie playing in one of the worst offenses in the NFL, Travis Fulgham is a reject from the Lions that had an OK season with two or three very good games, and Greg Ward is a former AAF receiver who is only worth about three or four receptions per game. Bad.
- Detroit Lions
Breshad Perriman, Tyrell Williams, Kalif Raymond, Victor Bolden Jr., Quintez Cephus, Damion Ratley, Tom Kennedy
No no no no no no no. Perriman is too injured and not enough of a talent to be a dominant first receiver, the same goes for Tyrell Williams. After that the depth is seemingly worse, the Lions need a lot of help in this area.
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