Today's NFL is a passing league. In order to achieve success your team had better have a good air attack. Take my New York Giants for example. Eli Manning and wideout Victor Cruz torched defenses last year en route to a Super Bowl victory.
Since we're on the subject of passing I thought that this would be a good time to rank the top 10 wide receivers in the NFL today. So let's begin the debate. Here are the top 10 WRs in the NFL today, in my opinion:
10. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers - Steve Smith had a great 2011 with Cam Newton tossing him the rock. He's not the tallest receiver but the dude can motor down the field with the quickness. And he's got great hands too. This guy is an all out beast. He's recorded over 10,000 yards receiving and has 59 touchdowns in his 12 year career.
9. Randy Moss, WR, San Francisco 49ers -Randy Moss is one of the best WRs that I've ever seen play the game. He really should be higher on this list but I just don't trust him anymore. He hasn't really done anything over the last three years. Maybe a new start in San Francisco is what he needs. His career totals are staggering. He has 14,858 receiving yards to go along with 153 TDs. Yeah, the guy is Hall of Fame bound.
8. Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings -He may not be on everyone's list but he should be. Harvin is so much more than just a wide receiver. He can play on special teams and he can do some things out of the backfield that most receivers can't. He's an all around offensive weapon. In 2011 he had 345 yards rushing, 967 receiving and 9 total TDs. Just think of what he could do if he were on a team other than the Minnesota Vikings. I don't blame him for wanting out of there.
7. DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles -As A New York Giants fan I have to say that I can't stand this guy. Or any other Philadelphia Eagle for that matter. But this guy is good. DeSean Jackson is one of the fastest receivers in the league today. Not only can he beat you deep, he can torch you on punt returns as well. I remember all to clearly that game winning punt return he had against my Giants. Jackson has been in the league since 2008 and is averaging 1,000 receiving yards a year and has found the end zone 28 times.
6. Greg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers - Greg Jennings is a burner. The dude can flat out fly. Plus he has Aaron Rodgers throwing to him so you know he's going to put up crazy stats. This will be Jennings' seventh year in the league and already he's amassed 6,171 receiving yards to go along with his 49 TDs. As long as he has Rodgers tossing him the rock he's going to be one of the NFL's best receivers.
5. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons - Roddy White is a workhorse. In the last two seasons he's caught 215 balls for 2,685 and 18 TDs. Wow. Roddy White is a possession receiver and is also Matt Ryan's favorite target. I think another great season is in the offing for White. Even though Julio Jones is starting to get some love from Ryan I don't anticipate any drop in White's productivity.
4. Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots -Wes Welker is a flat out stud. Four times in his career he's snagged over 100 balls and twice he's caught over 120. In the 2011 season his numbers were phenomenal. He had 122 receptions for 1,569 yards and 9 scores. I'm not a fan of the Patriots but I totally respect Welker. He's a little guy at 5'9" and will not hesitate to go over the middle and sacrifice his body to make a play. He's tough, fast and is everything an elite receiver should be.
3. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals -I feel bad for Fitz. He's on a horrible team and since Kurt Warner retired he's had nobody good to throw him the ball. Last year he still managed to have a great season catching 80 passes for 1,411 yards and 8 scores. That just speaks to how talented this guy really is. Week in and week out he faces double teams and still gets the job done. Imagine what his numbers would be like if he were on a different team with a different quarterback.
2. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans -Last year was not a good year for Andre Johnson. He was injured and only played in seven games. When healthy Andre Johnson is an unstoppable force. He's a big, strong receiver who will go up and get the ball. In nine seasons he's caught over 700 passes for 9,656 yards with 52 trips to the end zone. I'm really looking forward to seeing him play this upcoming season. I just hope that he stays healthy.
1. Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions -The Detroit Lions finally got it right with this guy. Megatron is hands down the best receiver in the league right now. He can catch anything. Last year he grabbed 96 balls for 1,681 yards and 16 TDs. He also averaged 105.1 yards a game. He's unstoppable. It doesn't matter if you double team, triple team him, he's going to come down with the ball.
Honorable Mention - Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe
Dylan Davis is an avid New York Giants fan and has grown up on New York Giants football. He's seen his G-Men win four Super Bowls and can't wait to see them win four more.