A preview of the wide receiver position headed into the 2018 season.
The wide receiver rankings are always the hardest ones to do. It seems like there are 30 guys at the position that are deserving to make the rankings every year.
The receiver position is arguably the deepest in the NFL. It seems like nearly every NFL team has at least one proven player at the position. Unfortunately, for teams though it lacks the value of a player at a premier position like quarterback, left tackle, or edge rusher.
The recent big money signings of free agents such as Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins are starting to feel a little overpriced.
Yes, having a great number one receiver can pose challenges for a defense, but I think it is a reasonable argument to make that a tight end like Rob Gronkowski, who can be a downfield threat as well as an effective blocker, is more valuable to an offense than a number one receiver.
I think last year also shows us that having a receiver is obviously a good thing, but you don’t need a star wideout to compete for a championship.
Just look at the top four teams last season. The Philadelphia Eagles’ best receiver was Alshon Jeffery, who is good but not great. The New England Patriots were without slot receiver Julian Edelman for the entire season and hardly lost a beat. The Jacksonville Jaguars lost star receiver Allen Robinson early in the year and still managed to nearly beat the Patriots. The Minnesota Vikings have the best receiver tandem in the league, but lack great depth beyond that.
Let’s try to forget about the negatives and focus on the positives with these rankings. Obviously, having someone like Antonio Brown is a great privilege to have, but the position is getting an increasingly inflated value in recent years.