We're getting down to the nitty-gritty in NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2015," with the countdown revealing Nos. 20 to 11 on Wednesday night. Here's a spoiler alert: When it comes to the top 20 players on the entire list, wide receiver is the most well-represented position of all.
Yes, it's a golden age for wideouts in today's pass-happy NFL. This leads us to a simple question: Who is the best receiver in the NFL heading into the 2015 campaign?
From a statistical standpoint, Bryant's dominance is reflected by the 56 touchdown receptions in his five-year career, including 41 over the past three seasons. Considering the fact that he has also posted three straight 1,000-yard campaigns during that span, Bryant has been the anchor of a Cowboys offense that routinely makes fireworks.
Given Dez's impact and production leading up to 2015, I can't imagine a better WR to build around going forward.
The other thing that's worth mentioning about Brown -- besides his 129 catches and 1,698 receiving yards (both league highs in 2014) -- is the fact he can still take a punt to the house for ya. There is no overrating the kind of value he brings to the
Johnson is still at an age (29) where he can be a top receiver. When healthy, he still will force double-coverage because of his size and wingspan (which help on the deep ball and in the red zone), as well as his exceptional hands.
I still think
Calvin Johnson can bounce back and crack that list in 2015, but at the moment, I see the aforementioned four guys as the leading contenders for top-dog status.