Where does the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver corps rank in the NFC North?
After making significant changes at wide receiver, where does the Green Bay Packers‘ group rank among their NFC North rivals?
No Packers wide receiver made our top five in the NFC North, but where do they rank as a group?
Here are the power rankings:
1. Minnesota Vikings
Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, K.J. Osborn, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Bisi Johnson, Jalen Nailor, Blake Proehl, Myron Mitchell, Thomas Hennigan, Dan Chisena, Trishton Jackson
Easy choice here.
The Vikings have a superstar wide receiver in Justin Jefferson. With over 3,000 receiving yards, 17 touchdowns, and two All-Pro selections in his first two seasons, Jefferson is already one of the best wide receivers in the league.
Adam Thielen would arguably be the best wide receiver on any of the other three NFC North teams. The two-time Pro Bowler has 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
While their depth isn’t as strong as other teams in the NFC North, the Vikings’ top two at wide receiver is as good as any in the league.
2. Detroit Lions
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jameson Williams, DJ Chark, Josh Reynolds, Quintez Cephus, Kalif Raymond, Trinity Benson, Kalil Pimpleton, Tom Kennedy, Josh Johnson, Corey Sutton
The Lions have built an excellent receiving corps.
Jameson Williams has star potential. He could miss the start of the 2022 season due to injury but, long-term, he can become a regular Pro Bowler.
Amon-Ra St. Brown impressed as a rookie with 912 yards and five touchdowns, with 424 yards after the catch.
DJ Chark could be a great signing this year. Chark only played in four games in 2021 due to injury. However, in the two seasons prior to that, he caught a combined 126 passes for 1,714 yards and 13 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in 2019.
Josh Reynolds is a solid backup and a great WR4.
3. Green Bay Packers
Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, Juwann Winfree, Malik Taylor, Rico Gafford, Danny Davis
The Packers are banking on potential.
Christian Watson could eventually become a true WR1 with his size, speed, and athleticism, but it may take him time to get there. Romeo Doubs also has potential but is a rookie.
Green Bay will need to rely on veterans Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and free-agent addition Sammy Watkins. They will hope second-year Amari Rodgers can improve after a disappointing rookie season.
4. Chicago Bears
Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle, Velus Jones Jr., Equanimeous St. Brown, Tajae Sharpe, Dazz Newsome, Dante Pettis, David Moore, Nsimba Webster, Isaiah Coulter, Chris Finke, Kevin Shaa
Darnell Mooney is coming off an impressive 1,000-yard season, but the Bears don’t have much else at wide receiver.
Byron Pringle was a backup receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs with just 898 yards and seven touchdowns over three seasons.
Velus Jones Jr. ran a 4.31-second 40-yard dash, but is he ready to make an impact on offense right away?
Equanimeous St. Brown, Dante Pettis, and Tajae Sharpe had a combined 44 receptions in 2021.