NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2018" airs every Monday at 8 p.m. ET, unveiling a new set of 10 players each week. Two top-tier wide receivers were revealed between Nos. 21 and 30: A.J. Green (22) and Larry Fitzgerald (27). As we head toward the 2018 campaign, NFL Network analyst and six-time Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne lists his own ranking of the top 10 wideouts.
He can do it all and is pound for pound the best receiver in the league. The Steelers star shows up to play at a high level every single week, as demonstrated by the fact that he led the league in receiving yards (1,533) even though he missed two regular-season games in 2017. If Brown hadn't suffered that calf injury in December, I'm convinced he would have made a big push for the MVP award. We could see him in the running for the honor again this year.
If Calvin Johnson was Megatron, Jones is Optimus Prime. He's an athletic freak who's put up more than 1,400 receiving yards in FOUR straight seasons. As long as Jones is healthy, he'll be one of the league's elite players.
The Giants were without OBJ for most of the 2017 season, and it showed. However, everything I've heard and seen this offseason tells me he is going to come back better than ever. The addition of 2018 first-round pick Saquon Barkley will only benefit OBJ, as the rookie back will command an extra defender in the box. And honestly, there isn't a defensive back who can cover Beckham one-on-one. He's the only receiver I've ever seen who can catch a 2-yard slant and take it 80 yards.
Hopkins improves every year and makes the catches that most wideouts can only dream of making. He's already shown what he can do with backup/non-proven QBs, but I want to see the connection between Hopkins and starting QB Deshaun Watson grow as Watson returns from injury this year. This duo has the potential to be one of the NFL's best QB-WR combos.
Green is always a threat to make a big play, but he hasn't quite been the same since Hue Jackson's departure a couple seasons ago, much like the rest of the Bengals' offense. However, he's still unstoppable once he's in the zone with size (6-foot-4, 210 pounds), speed and great hands. With his rare skill set, he's the closest thing to Julio Jones you'll find.
In 2017, Allen showed us what he's capable of when healthy by putting up a career year of 102 receptions for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns. He's the one receiver who plays football like a basketball player, as he's constantly crossing guys over when he's running routes. I look for the same type of season from him in 2018.
Thomas doesn't wow you when you watch his game film, but he constantly gets the job done. He's a junkyard dog who's able to run every route in the book. He can play inside, outside or over the middle. Then you see him catching a touchdown up the seam. Having Drew Brees as your quarterback doesn't hurt, either.