NFC North wide receiver corps ranked from worst to best in 2024

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Over the years, the NFC North has been home to many of the league's best receivers, from Calvin Johnson to Davante Adams to Randy Moss.

It's no different in 2024. Justin Jefferson, Amon-Ra St. Brown, DJ Moore, and Keenan Allen are among the top receivers in the division. The Green Bay Packers have a deep, talented receiving corps, while the Chicago Bears drafted Rome Odunze in the first round.

There's plenty of quarterback talent in the NFC North, and they all have excellent receiving options.

Where does the Packers' wide receiver corps compare to their division rivals? Here are all four receiving groups ranked from worst to best entering the 2024 season.

Ranking every NFC North wide receiver corps in 2024

4. Detroit Lions

  • Amon-Ra St. Brown
  • Jameson Williams
  • Kalif Raymond
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones
  • Tre'Quan Smith

Amon-Ra St. Brown is a first-team All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler, but the Lions don't have much else.

With just 25 catches in two seasons, Jameson Williams has yet to meet first-round expectations. Kalif Raymond, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Tre-Quan Smith are solid fourth or fifth options in the passing game, but that's about it. The Lions lack a true WR2 or WR3.

Detroit's passing game goes through St. Brown and tight end Sam LaPorta, who accounted for just over half of the Lions' completions last season. St. Brown led the way with 1,515 yards and 10 touchdowns on 119 receptions.

St. Brown is a star, but this isn't a ranking of the best individual receivers. It's about the entire group. The Lions have failed to add more depth at wide receiver.

3. Green Bay Packers

  • Christian Watson
  • Romeo Doubs
  • Jayden Reed
  • Dontayvion Wicks
  • Bo Melton

Critics will say the Packers lack a true "WR1" like the other teams in the NFC North. First of all, we don't know that. Christian Watson is an absolute game-changer when available. He just needs to stay healthy. Beyond Watson, this group is too talented and young to write off any of them from becoming a WR1.

Romeo Doubs put up 674 yards and eight touchdowns last season before dominating the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs with six catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Jayden Reed was Green Bay's best receiver as a rookie, catching 64 passes for a team-best 793 yards and eight touchdowns while adding two rushing scores. Dontayvion Wicks isn't even listed as a starter, but he could eventually become the best receiver of this group. Wicks made getting open look easy and even had Matt LaFleur comparing him to Davante Adams.

The sky is the limit for this group.

2. Chicago Bears

  • DJ Moore
  • Keenan Allen
  • Rome Odunze
  • Tyler Scott
  • Velus Jones Jr.

The top two are incredibly tough to separate. Chicago has incredible talent and depth and could easily move into first place once the season gets underway.

DJ Moore is a superstar. He caught 96 passes for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns in an awful Bears offense last season. Imagine what he can do with Caleb Williams and more talent surrounding him. Keenan Allen is 32 years old but still one of the best route-runners in the league. He is also coming off a 1,000-yard season and is still on top of his game.

Rome Odunze has the potential to become a better receiver than both of them. He gets compared to Davante Adams for a reason. Like Adams, Odunze makes life miserable for cornerbacks with incredibly late hands. He can become an All-Pro in this offense.

The only reason this group doesn't rank higher is that Odunze must prove himself at the NFL level, but his potential is undeniable.

1. Minnesota Vikings

  • Justin Jefferson
  • Jordan Addison
  • Brandon Powell
  • Trent Sherfield
  • Jalen Nailor

While Minnesota lacks the depth Chicago has, there is no wide receiver in the NFL better than Justin Jefferson. The 24-year-old has kicked off his career with four straight 1,000-yard seasons, three Pro Bowls, and three All-Pros. Jefferson has caught 392 passes for 5,899 yards and 30 touchdowns in only four seasons. Incredible.

The Vikings found the perfect WR2 for Kevin O'Connell's offense with Jordan Addison, who made the PFWA All-Rookie Team after catching 70 passes for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Minnesota lacks receiving depth beyond Jefferson and Addison, but its starting duo is as good as any in the NFL.

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