The NFL is loaded with talented wide receivers. The game has evolved to a pass first league, and defenders can’t touch receivers. There are a lot of good, young receivers right now. Here are my top 10 going into next season.
10. Mike Evans
Evans has been a force since entering the NFL in 2014. The 6’5″ receiver has the build to dominate smaller defenders. He put up a career high in yards last year with 1500+. He reached the end zone 8 times. He did all that with the Buccaneers benching Jameis Winston for Ryan Fitzpatrick. So whatever direction the Bucs go with at quarterback, Evans will be just fine.
9. T.Y. Hilton
Hilton is going to have a fully healthy Andrew Luck this season. The Colts looked good towards the end of the season in 2018. Hilton went for 1200 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’ll be looking to match or improve those numbers next season. T.Y. said this years Colts team is “special”. I expect him to try and back up that statement.
8. Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen seems to fly under the radar behind the big personality receivers, but he is always in contention with the best in the league. He racked up almost 1200 yards last season. Philip Rivers age may start to affect him next season. But as long as Melvin Gordon plays this season, the Chargers will be deep, and Allen and Rivers connection should be as strong as ever.
7. Juju Smith-Schuster
With Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell out of Pittsburgh, Juju will be the main focus offensively for the Steelers. That means he will be the main focus of the defense, but he proved last season that he is a legit threat. In just his second season, he almost reached 1500 yards, that was with Antonio Brown also still on the Steelers. I expect big things in Juju’s third season.
6. Tyreek Hill
With no suspension for this season, Hill is poised to put up big numbers again. His freaky speed helps him burn almost defenders. Almost 1500 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for Hill. With Pat Mahomes leading the Chiefs, Hill is for sure going to break out some big plays, and he can make things happen after the catch.
5. Michael Thomas
Thomas needs to work out his contractual issues first. Thomas has gone for over 1000 yards in his first three seasons. With Drew Brees at the helm, he’s bound for success. Thomas is a big guy, and can go up and get the ball. With Kamara in the backfield the Saints are a dual threat offense, so Thomas won’t get a defenses full attention.
4. Odell Beckham Jr.
Everyone is excited for the Cleveland Browns this season. Baker Mayfield going into his second season, this time with one of the best receivers in the league. Odell is bound to do well this season. But I don’t see the Cleveland offense clicking at the start of the season. The talent is there, but I expect a slow start to the season. Odell will be the focal point of the offense, and he will definitely be great this season.
3. Julio Jones
Julio is the most physically gifted receiver in the league right now. He has no problem catching the ball and getting big yardage. With Calvin Ridley in the offense now, that makes both of the receivers better. Julio said he is going to try and reach 3000 yards receiving next season. He would have to almost double his numbers from last season, but I wouldn’t put it past Julio.
2. Antonio Brown
Antonio is going to be with a new team this season, going from Big Ben to Derek Carr is a slight downgrade. With a new system, I think Brown will fit in nicely, and as the best player on the team, he is definitely going to see a lot of balls thrown his way. Brown is one of the best receivers in recent history, he is bound to succeed in a new city. Since 2013, Brown has not had less than 1200 yards in a season, and I don’t see that changing this year.
1. DeAndre Hopkins
Number 1. Hopkins has the best hands out of anyone on this list. He is going to have another year of playing with Deshaun Watson under his belt, and I’m sure they will be a fun team to watch. He had 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. I expect another phenomenal season from Hopkins. The Texans defense is sure to force turnovers giving Hopkins and Watson the ball back. Hopkins didn’t drop a pass in 2018, when the ball is thrown his way, it’s getting caught.