People will argue forever about who they think is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Odell, Julio, Antonio? It’s all a matter of opinion. But what if there was no need for debate? What if there was a consensus of the best receiver in the game? To do so, I took different player’s traits and built the most unstoppable wide receiver.
Route Running Ability – Antonio Brown
Many people consider the Pittsburgh wideout the best in the NFL, and a big reason for that is his ability to get separation from defenders. He is explosive off the line of scrimmage and has an ability to make sharp cuts, shaking cornerbacks with exceptional speed. It is nearly impossible to shut Brown down as it seems he breaks free for at least a couple of big plays per game.
Hands – Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald rarely ever drops passes. In fact, the long-time Cardinal, who has 1,125 career receptions, has only dropped 27 balls in his 13-year career. Fitzgerald will for sure end up in Canton as a first-ballot hall of famer as one of the surest pass catchers in league history. Fitzgerald’s hands are some of the best the league has ever seen, and it’s a no brainer to choose his mitts.
Speed – John Ross
John Ross has not played a single game in the NFL yet, but the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft is a speed demon. At the combine, Ross broke Chris Johnson’s 40 yard dash record, running it in 4.22 seconds. Ross should be a huge deep threat for the Cincinnati Bengals with his record-breaking speed. The man is faster than Chris Johnson. Need I say more for why he is the choice here?
Leaping Ability – Julio Jones
Julio Jones, standing at 6-foot-3-inches tall, is one of the most physically gifted wide receivers in the game. If I were a quarterback, there is no one who I would trust more than Jones to go up and snag the football. Jones has the ability to time his jump and make spectacular catches while in mid \-air over defenders. Jones’ catches over Eric Rowe in the super bowl and Luke Kuechly in 2015 show why he is the choice in this category.
Breakaway Ability – Odell Beckham
Beckham’s speed and ability to separate himself from defenders in the open field is second to none. The star wideout is deadly on the slant route. Odell can turn what should be a 5-10 yard pickup on a slant route, to a touchdown. He is one of the fastest receivers in the game and possibly the most exciting and explosive player in the open field. With his combination of great speed and elusiveness, Odell is the choice for breakaway ability.