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Ranking NFL Receiving Corps


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http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AoqUHMcFbvqsh11EkNJF_hM5nYcB?slug=jc-directsnap050710

1. Indianapolis Colts: This group has both stars and depth with Reggie Wayne(notes), TE Dallas Clark(notes), Austin Collie(notes) and Pierre Garcon(notes).

2. New Orleans Saints: The champions go five deep with Marques Colston(notes), TE Jeremy Shockey(notes), Devery Henderson(notes), Robert Meachem(notes) and Lance Moore(notes). And they just added promising TE Jimmy Graham(notes).

3. San Diego Chargers: When you start with the best TE (Antonio Gates(notes)) and most consistent deep threat (Vincent Jackson(notes)) in the league, your foundation is really good. Depth has slipped, but only a little.

4. Minnesota Vikings: This group is so deep and so talented that Bernard Berrian(notes) is the fourth option behind Sidney Rice(notes), TE Visanthe Shiancoe(notes) and Percy Harvin(notes). Scary.

5. Green Bay Packers: Greg Jennings(notes) and Donald Driver(notes) lead a deep group of receivers. If TE Jermichael Finley(notes) continues to develop, watch out.

6. Arizona Cardinals: Losing Anquan Boldin(notes) hurts a lot and the TE spot is thin, but Larry Fitzgerald(notes) is a great anchor. Steve Breaston(notes) is better than people think and Early Doucet(notes) showed up big in the playoffs.

7. Houston Texans: Like Arizona, when you start with a great one (Andre Johnson(notes), in this case) it’s hard to go wrong. Kevin Walter(notes) helps, but TE Owen Daniels(notes) must return from knee injury.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Roddy White(notes) is a step below the likes of Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson and Tony Gonzalez(notes) is closer to the end, but they’re still really good. Depth is the biggest concern.

9. Philadelphia Eagles: Don’t be surprised if this group rockets into the top five by the end of this season. TE Brent Celek(notes), DeSean Jackson(notes) and Jeremy Maclin(notes) should make life easy for new starting QB Kevin Kolb(notes).

10. Dallas Cowboys: Miles Austin(notes) and TE Jason Witten(notes) are the strength of this group and Patrick Crayton(notes) is underrated. If Roy Williams can show something and Dez Bryant(notes) can just show up, the Cowboys could be nasty.

11. New England Patriots: If Wes Welker(notes) was healthy, this group would rank higher. Adding Torry Holt helps, although we’ll see how he gets along with Randy Moss(notes).

12. Detroit Lions: Like Philadelphia and Dallas, there’s potential for great improvement here if Calvin Johnson(notes) continues to develop and TE Brandon Pettigrew(notes) comes back healthy.

13. Cincinnati Bengals: With Bryant and Gresham around, Chad Ochocinco(notes) might be back to celebrating on a more regular basis.

14. Baltimore Ravens: No overwhelming stars, but great depth and balance. Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason(notes) are as tough as they come at receiver.

15. San Francisco 49ers: TE Vernon Davis(notes) is finally developing into a serious star and Michael Crabtree(notes) isn’t far behind after a quietly impressive rookie season.

16. New York Jets: If Braylon Edwards(notes) returns to Pro Bowl form and Santonio Holmes(notes) can get his head straight, this group could be awesome by December. If so, the Jets will be a serious contender.

17. New York Giants: They were better than expected last season, but that doesn’t mean they’re great. A lot of nice players, but nobody a defense has to worry about.

18. Pittsburgh Steleers: The loss of the aforementioned Santonio Holmes is a brutal blow, although Mike Wallace(notes) showed promise last season. Hines Ward(notes) brings stability, but not much more at this point.

19. Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins finally landed a No. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall(notes) after years of not having one. The question is whether Marshall will be enough.

20. Carolina Panthers: After Steve Smith, there’s not a lot of hope on this roster. Dwayne Jarrett(notes) has been a bust and the TE position is a wasteland.

21. Washington Redskins: If TE Chris Cooley(notes) is healthy, this group can be respectable. After Santana Moss(notes), who’s just average at this point, the receiver spot is weak.

22. Tennessee Titans: Kenny Britt(notes) gives the Titans hope of a potential No. 1 receiver for the first time in years, but the rest of the group is completely pedestrian.

23. Chicago Bears: There are a lot of guys here who are interesting, from Devin Hester(notes) to TE Greg Olsen(notes) to Johnny Knox(notes). Too bad none of them is truly accomplished or looks like they ever will be.

24. Denver Broncos: After gutting a position that once looked really good, at least the Broncos have rookie WR Demaryius Thomas(notes) to pin some hope on. After him, it’s a bunch of bit-part guys like Eddie Royal(notes) and Jabar Gaffney(notes).

25. Buffalo Bills: Much like good friend and former Wisconsin teammate Chris Chambers(notes), Lee Evans(notes) has spent a career teasing people with his talent. Sorry, but it’s hard to believe he’ll ever be truly great.

26. Seattle Seahawks: T.J. Houshmandzadeh(notes), Deion Branch(notes) and rookie Golden Tate(notes) are all interesting in one way or another, but none of them is dominating or really even has the potential.

27. Oakland Raiders: TE Zach Miller is terrific, but when Louis Murphy(notes), a fourth-round pick last year, becomes your best wide receiver as a rookie, that’s not good. Former first-rounder Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) was garbage last year.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars: After Mike Sims-Walkers, the other starting receiver looks to be Mike Thomas(notes). The Jags have already figured out that Kassim Osgood(notes) can’t play wide receiver.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mercurial TE Kellen Winslow(notes) returns, but getting rid of Bryant in favor of rookie Arrelious Benn(notes) might turn out bad for the Bucs.

30. Kansas City: Chiefs Chris Chambers was picked up off the scrap heap and became the Chiefs best receiver. That says volumes about Dwayne Bowe(notes).

31. St. Louis Rams: Donnie Avery(notes) is the best the Rams have right now and he’s barely a No. 2 receiver. Rams would be wise to sit Sam Bradford(notes) for at least a year.

32. Cleveland Browns: Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) led the Browns with 34 catches last season. That’s not a typo, that’s a testament to how far Cleveland’s receiving corps has fallen in two years since it had Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow and Joe Jurevicius(notes).

Falcons should rise up this list with HD coming back and hopefully Meier turns out to be a solid pick for us. I can accept 8th for right now though. And I honestly don't think Roddy is that big of a step below Johnson and Fitz. Especially Fitz.

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Was not expecting us to be #8. Granted we have Gonzo and Roddy but aside from that no one else is proven. Then again when you have the greatest TE to ever play the game it automatically makes your receivers twice as good. I would put us more at 13 or so. Like he said, depth is an issue. I really hope that HD comes back with a fire under his *** and lights up the field. We shall see.

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On another note, after thinking about it. If I was given the option to trade receiving cores with anyone in the NFL I wouldnt do it. The Colts are the only team which I would even consider the option. As in if we were to trade all WR's and all TE's. I just think we should cut finn and make room for some young talent.

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