PFF’s wide receiver rankings show the NFC North is loaded…except for the Lions

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The folks at Pro Football Focus released their league-wide rankings of the top 32 wide receivers. To no Lions fans’ surprise, none of the current corps in Detroit made the cut.

To add insult to the Lions’ injurious loss of Kenny Golladay (No. 19 on the PFF list), Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and Mohamed Sanu, the top 10 is loaded with division rivals in the NFC North. Four of PFF’s top 10 wide receivers play on the other teams in the division.

The list kicks off with Green Bay’s Davante Adams at the very top. He edges out Arizona’s DeAndre Hopkins for the No. 1 spot.

Allen Robinson stayed in Chicago this offseason and stays in the top five of the rankings at No. 4 overall. And Robinson’s arrow is pointing up with the Bears upgrade at QB–be it first-round pick Justin Fields or even veteran newcomer Andy Dalton,

What Robinson accomplished with Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles at the helm in 2020 was nothing short of exceptional. His team ranked sixth-to-last in passing grade, and Robinson saw more inaccurate targets than anyone in the NFL by a comfortable margin. Yet, he still managed to be the third-most valuable player at the position while ranking fifth in receiving grade on the year.

The Minnesota Vikings landed two receivers in the top 10. Adam Theilen checks in at No. 9 and last year’s rookie phenom, Justin Jefferson, is one spot back at No. 10.

The abundance of top-end receiving talent puts the focus on the Lions pass defense, which must rebound after posting a league-worst PFF coverage grade of an abysmal 28.7 in 2020.