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2015 NFL Player Rankings: Wide Receivers

Following his sensational rookie season where does Odell Beckham Jr. rank among his peers?

Just like last year, Athlon Sports' 2015 NFL Preview magazine includes NFL player rankings at every position. The rankings in the magazine are provided by Dan Shonka of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services, a company that's been in the football talent evaluation business for more than three decades.

 

Related: 2015 NFL Player Rankings - Quarterbacks


There is no lack of talent at wide receiver right now, considering Calvin Johnson, who set the single-season record for receiving yards (1,964) in 2012, is fourth on this list. And in case you were curious as to why Green Bay's offense is considered one of the best in the league, look no further than the fact that Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb give the Packers a pair of top 10 wideouts to go with the a top-10 running back and the No. 1 quarterback in the game.

 

Rankings courtesy of Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services

 

Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL

 

2015 NFL Player Rankings: Wide Receivers

 

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

Was voted All-Pro after setting a Steelers single-season record with 1,698 yards and 129 receptions. Brown is dangerous in space with his vision, quickness, and elusiveness.

 

2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver

The big, explosive receiver has the strength to beat bump coverage and the burst to get up the field and separate. Also has the size to run all the inside routes.

 

3. Dez Bryant, Dallas

Was voted first-team All-Pro and is a big play waiting to happen. The mercurial receiver averaged 15.0 yards per catch and 82.5 yards per game. Productive with 88 catches, 1,320 yards and a league-high 16 TD receptions.

 

4. Calvin Johnson, Detroit

For the sixth time in the last seven seasons, Megatron caught at least 70 passes and had at least 1,000 yards receiving.

 

5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay

Nelson has soft, suction-cup-type hands. The competitive receiver is particularly productive between the hash marks. Has topped 1,000 yards in three of the last four seasons.

 

6. Julio Jones, Atlanta

After missing 11 games in 2013 with injuries, the ex-Alabama receiver reminded opponents they must account for him.

 

7. Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants

The reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year started out slowly due to injuries, but more than got up to speed from Weeks 5 through 16, catching 91 balls for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.

 

8. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver

Highly productive in the Broncos’ time-share offense. The hand catcher runs crisp and sharp routes. Excels tracking and adjusting to Peyton Manning’s deep passes.

 

9. Randall Cobb, Green Bay

Re-signed in the offseason with the Packers after catching 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 TDs in 2014. He played in only six games the previous year but made his contract year count.

 

10. T.Y. Hilton,  Indianapolis

Became the sixth player in NFL history to record 10 100-yard receiving games in the first two seasons of a career. Hilton’s 2014 numbers: 82 receptions, 1,345 yards, 16.4 yards per catch and seven TDs.

 

11. A.J. Green, Cincinnati 

12. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago

13. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay

15. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City

16. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina

17. Julian Edelman, New England

18. Golden Tate, Detroit     

19. Andre Johnson, Indianapolis

20. Rueben Randle, N.Y. Giants

21. Jarvis Landry, Miami    

22. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco

23. Doug Baldwin, Seattle

24. Keenan Allen, San Diego

25. Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets

26. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay

27. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo

28. Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets

29. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

30. Steve Smith, Baltimore

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