Green Bay Packers: Top 10 Wide Receivers of All Time
By Matt George
10. Jordy Nelson (2008-present)
Nelson finds himself opening the start of this top 10 list, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he finishes his career near the top five.
Drafted with the fifth pick of the second round in the 2008 draft, Packers fan could be given a pass if they haven’t heard about walk-on at Kansas State. In his first two seasons with Green Bay, Nelson failed to eclipse 400 yards. It wasn’t until his third year in Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers did Nelson become a household name. He caught a 29-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game and finished with nine receptions for 140 yards.
Over the next four seasons he would eclipse the 1,000 yard receiving mark three times. His most impressive seasons might have been in 2013. Despite playing with three other quarterbacks when Aaron Rodgers was lost for a majority of the season with a broken collarbone, Nelson finished with 1,314 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.
Before last season, Nelson singed a four-year extension worth $39 million and has lived up to every penny so far. He finished the year with 13 touchdowns and a record 1,519 receiving yards, passing former Packer Robert Brooks for most receiving yards in a season.
Despite consistent numbers, Nelson has been named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro only once. However, that should change throughout his career as he is now considered one of the league’s best.