5. A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals)
Green has been stuck with dumpster fire that is the Cincinnati Bengals for his entire career. He could have been a top three receiver by now.
Green is one of the best deep threats in the league, but he gets overshadowed by the other premier receivers in the league. The fact that Green isn’t a top three WR also shows you just how good the receiver talent is in the NFL.
4. DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans)
In the games Deshaun Watson played last year, Hopkins showed just how unbelievable he can be when he has a real quarterback. The incredible thing about Hopkins last year was that he still dominated without Watson. I thought Hopkins would be this generation’s Larry Fitzgerald until Watson came along.
Hopkins could be the best receiver in football 3-4 years from now if Watson can continue to play like he did in his rookie season.
3. Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants)
Beckham is one of the most popular players in the league. I don’t think he would be quite as well-known if he didn’t play in a big market, but he still deserves every ounce of the stardom that he has. He is a truly special talent.
Beckham has helped Eli Manning’s career a lot in the last few seasons.
2. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
Julio isn’t quite the player he was a few years ago — and that is partially due to injuries — but there is still a strong case to be made that he is the best receiver in football.
Jones may be the scariest player to cover one-on-one, mostly because of his size and elusiveness. If he continues to dominate the league like he has his entire career, he’ll be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer.
1. Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers)
As good as the guys are on this list, putting Brown at number one was a pretty easy decision.
He is maybe the most consistent receiver in football, and his domination when healthy is similar to what Randy Moss did in Minnesota and New England.
It’ll be interesting to see if he can continue to dominate at this level, given the fact that he is getting older and Ben Roethlisberger may be nearing retirement. But I wouldn’t want to be the guy that doubts Antonio Brown.
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