2. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
Adam Thielen went undrafted in 2013, but now he’s one of the best wide receivers in all of football, not just the NFC North. He’s put together consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, with a career-best 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He finished ninth in the NFL for receiving yards last year and was tied for 10th in receiving touchdowns.
Thielen has been more productive than Diggs over the past two seasons, which is why he’s one position higher than his teammate in these rankings. Since the start of 2017, Thielen has 295 targets, 204 receptions, 2,649 yards, and 13 touchdowns compared to Diggs’ 244 targets, 166 receptions, 1,870 yards, and 17 touchdowns. Of course, there isn’t much in it and both Thielen and Diggs are excellent wide receivers.
Incredibly, Thielen started the 2018 season with eight straight 100-yard games, which tied Calvin Johnson’s record. He also had six touchdowns in those eight games.
Thielen has put together three great seasons in Minnesota — he gets better every year and is one of the NFL’s best WRs. With Thielen and Diggs, the Vikings offense always has the potential to be very good. The Vikings’ star receivers will test the Packers’ young secondary this season.
Watching Thielen play the past couple of years, it’s hard to believe he went undrafted.