Top 5 Wide Receivers 2020
Our rankings have already covered the backfield. It is time to move on to the pass-catchers. The wide receivers have provided us as fans in recent years with incredible highlights, one-handed catches, and large personalities (both on and off the field). There is an interesting mix of young emerging receivers and the established, always-reliable veterans that are destined for Canton that have taken the league by storm. With all this in mind, let’s dive into the list of our top-five receivers.
We asked every host of a podcast and every writer on the blog platform to send us their list of top wide receivers. After receiving the individual rankings, we scored every receiver based on the rankings. While some of the people we asked in the survey refused to comment, the majority of the RTF members gave us their rankings allowing us to have a clear and unbiased result. Below are our top five wideouts.
5. Davante Adams
Davante Adams is one of the more controversially ranked receivers in the NFL, meaning that many don’t give Adams the credit he deserves since Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback (thus his stats are deceiving). While Adams does get help from one of the best in the game, many have taken notice of Davante’s ability and defenses have noticed him as one of the best in the NFL. Adams is considered by many one of the best route-runners in the NFL and can become an open target for Rodgers on any play with his cutting and breaking ability. Adams has also become the leader of a young receiving corp, which needs to step up for the Green Bay Packers this season.
4. Tyreek Hill
The Cheetah; if there was one nickname that could best describe any player it would be that for Tyreek Hill. Tyreek Hill is one of the fastest and possibly the fastest player in the NFL. Tyreek Hill has become an established target for our number one ranked quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, with his game-changing speed opening up the offense for the Chiefs. Hill doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, literally and figuratively.
3. DeAndre Hopkins
D-Hop has been one the established great receivers in the NFL. DeAndre Hopkins has shown through the years that he can catch anything thrown his way and by anyone who throws his way too (while Deshaun Watson has been his primary passer in recent years, Hopkins has caught passes from Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, Tom Savage, Josh Johnson, TJ Yates and many more I had to Google while writing this). The Texans thought that DeAndre Hopkins wasn’t worth keeping around and they sent him to Arizona for draft picks and David Johnson this off-season. DeAndre Hopkins is on a mission this season to prove that his former team made a mistake and to take the Cardinals offense to a next level.
2. Julio Jones
Without fear, Julio Jones will be a top receiver in the NFL as he continues to cement his Hall of Fame resume. The Falcons offense has gone through peaks and valleys over the years with the team being Super Bowl contenders one year and last place in their division another year, Julio Jones has still been the top target in the Falcons offense. Julio is one of the bigger receivers in the NFL but has shown the ability to break away from smaller corners and win jump balls on anyone. Even with the emergence of Calvin Ridley on the opposite side of Julio, nobody hesitates when asked who the best receiver is in Atlanta.
1. Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas is known as @cantguardmike on Twitter. As the leader in receiving yards last season, it’s understandable to see why you can’t guard Mike. Michael Thomas is most deadly on the slant route, where he can be a reliable target for Drew Brees on a third down, however Thomas has become a master of the route tree and has one of the best catch-radiuses in the game. Thomas has come a long way to become a top receiver in the NFL, from almost losing his scholarship at Ohio State to the best in the business, Thomas is the top receiver that is currently in the prime of his career. The Saints hope that Michael Thomas continues to make Drew Brees look young and the offense elite as the Saints hope to be a Super Bowl contender this season.
Honorable Mentions (all the Wide Receivers that received at least one vote):
Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, Deebo Samuel, Tyler Lockett, Cooper Kupp