Ranking all 32 NFL receiving corps from worst to best


With the NFL draft and the major part of free agency in the rearview mirror, rosters around the league are taking shape. In a four-part series, theScore's football editors rank all 32 teams by their total talent at quarterback, pass-catcher, running back, and defense. Depth charts are projections of teams' post-training camp rosters.

Next up are the receiving corps.

Position Group Rankings

32. Washington Redskins

WR Depth TE Depth
Terry McLaurin Jeremy Sprinkle
Kelvin Harmon Hale Hentges
Steven Sims Jr. Richard Rodgers
Trey Quinn Logan Thomas
Cody Latimer

McLaurin totaled over 900 yards a rookie, but nobody else on Washington even reached 400. In fact, Harmon, Sims, and Sprinkle only registered 916 yards between them for the futile Redskins in 2019. Don't feel bad if you're unfamiliar with many of the names on this chart.

31. New England Patriots

WR Depth TE Depth
Julian Edelman Matt LaCosse
Mohamed Sanu Devin Asiasi
N'Keal Harry Dalton Keene
Marqise Lee
Jakobi Meyers

Beyond Edelman, whose production over the last several years was tied partially to Tom Brady, the picture here is bleak. Sanu, Lee, and Meyers will all be fighting for roster spots whenever training camp opens, while Harry is only locked in because he was a first-round pick a year ago. The Patriots are banking on Asiasi and Keene, a pair of rookie third-round tight ends, to produce immediately.

30. New York Jets

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WR Depth TE depth
Jamison Crowder Ryan Griffin
Breshad Perriman Chris Herndon
Denzel Mims Daniel Brown
Josh Doctson
Braxton Berrios

The Jets lost their No. 1 receiver to free agency and Quincy Enunwa to injured reserve. Until second-round pick Mims gets up to speed, Sam Darnold will have to rely on the uninspiring trio of Crowder, Perriman, and Doctson.

29. Tennessee Titans

WR Depth TE Depth
AJ Brown Jonnu Smith
Corey Davis Anthony Firkser
Adam Humphries MyCole Pruitt
Kalif Raymond
Cameron Batson

Brown emerged as a Rookie of the Year candidate late last season and has usurped Davis as the alpha male of this group. But he's a big-play threat and not a high-volume target, catching more than four passes in just three of his 20 career games. Davis all but disappeared after a promising 2018 campaign, and Humphries' 374 yards isn't worth his $9-million average annual salary.

28. Chicago Bears

WR Depth TE Depth
Allen Robinson Jimmy Graham
Ted Ginn Jr. Cole Kmet
Anthony Miller Adam Shaheen
Riley Ridley Demetrius Harris
Cordarrelle Patterson

Robinson remains a top-tier wideout, but the jury is out on his supporting cast. Ginn adds a downfield option to the group, while Miller and Ridley work the intermediates. Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy are determined to find their quarterbacks a viable option at tight end, spending handsomely on a long-past-his-prime Graham and using their top draft pick on Kmet.

27. Green Bay Packers

WR Depth TE Depth
Davante Adams Jace Sternberger
Marquez Valdes-Scantling Marcedes Lewis
Allen Lazard Robert Tonyan
Devin Funchess Josiah Deguara
Equanimeous St. Brown

After Adams, it gets ugly. The Packers are relying mostly on a collection of unproven youngsters and took a flier on Funchess, who drops too many passes and only played in one game last year because of a broken collarbone. Green Bay has high hopes for Sternberger, but the former third-round pick had more drops (one) than receptions (zero) in the first six outings of his career.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Depth TE Depth
DJ Chark Tyler Eifert
Dede Westbrook James O'Shaughnessy
Laviska Shenault Jr. Josh Oliver
Chris Conley
Keelan Cole

While young and athletic, the Jaguars' group of receivers is still unproven. Chark is coming off a 1,000-yard, eight-touchdown season, and he'll benefit from the addition of Shenault. But as dynamic as the second-round pick is, Shenault comes with durability concerns and underwent core muscle surgery in March.

25. Miami Dolphins

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WR Depth TE Depth
DeVante Parker Mike Gesicki
Allen Hurns Durham Smythe
Preston Williams Michael Roberts
Albert Wilson
Jakeem Grant

Parker appears to have finally come into his own after breaking out with 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns in 2019. The rest of the receivers are merely placeholders for the rebuilding Dolphins. Gesicki was the team's second-leading receiver in yards and touchdowns and will likely be counted on to do the same in his third year.

24. Minnesota Vikings

WR Depth TE Depth
Adam Thielen Kyle Rudolph
Justin Jefferson Irv Smith Jr.
Tajae Sharpe Tyler Conklin
Bisi Johnson
Chad Beebe

Stefon Diggs' departure left the Vikings with plenty of question marks as they rounded out their corps at the draft. Jefferson is likely to start as a rookie, though Sharpe, who hasn't managed more than 500 yards since 2016, could challenge him for playing time. Rudolph is coming off a 367-yard campaign and is on the wrong side of 30, while Smith was mostly a nonfactor as a rookie after being picked in the second round.

23. Baltimore Ravens

WR Depth TE Depth
Marquise Brown Mark Andrews
Willie Snead Nick Boyle
Miles Boykin Charles Scarff
Devin Duvernay
Chris Moore

The Ravens boast the NFL MVP and led the league in rushing in last season, but they're still adding weapons for Lamar Jackson. Brown and Andrews did the heavy lifting in 2019 but will have third-round pick Duvernay to help pick up some of the slack this year.

22. Las Vegas Raiders

WR Depth TE Depth
Tyrell Williams Darren Waller
Henry Ruggs III Jason Witten
Hunter Renfrow Foster Moreau
Nelson Agholor Nick O'Leary
Bryan Edwards

Last year, the Raiders' receiver pairing was supposed to be Williams and Antonio Brown. This year, it's Williams and Ruggs, the fastest player in the draft. Williams is a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver masquerading as a No. 1, and he'll have to continue doing so until Ruggs assumes the position. Vegas must also hope Waller's breakout season wasn't a mirage, though its lengthy tight end depth chart would suggest that regression is a possibility.

21. San Francisco 49ers

WR Depth TE Depth
Deebo Samuel George Kittle
Kendrick Bourne Ross Dwelley
Brandon Aiyuk Daniel Helm
Dante Pettis Charlie Woerner
Travis Benjamin

The Niners were thought to be a receiver away from the Super Bowl when they traded for Emmanuel Sanders. Now, Sanders is gone, but Aiyuk may be an even better fit for the 49ers' offense. Kittle, the best tight end in football, elevates the entire unit.

20. Denver Broncos

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WR Depth TE Depth
Courtland Sutton Noah Fant
Jerry Jeudy Jeff Heuerman
KJ Hamler Albert Okwuegbunam
DaeSean Hamilton Jake Butt
Tim Patrick Nick Vannett

The Broncos are oozing potential after selecting Sutton, Jeudy, Hamler, and Fant within Rounds 1 and 2 of the last two drafts. Jeudy slipped to Denver midway through the opening round despite being widely considered the best receiver in a loaded 2020 draft class. While it's an exciting group on paper, Sutton, a 2019 Pro Bowler, is currently the only established wideout.

19. Indianapolis Colts

WR Depth TE Depth
T.Y. Hilton Jack Doyle
Zach Pascal Trey Burton
Michael Pittman Jr. Mo Alie-Cox
Parris Campbell Xavier Grimble
Marcus Johnson

The Colts' continued search for a playmaker opposite Hilton has led them to Pittman, a 2020 second-round pick. Philip Rivers' addition, Campbell's return to health, and Hilton's and Pittman's presence should be enough to enliven a pass offense that ranked 30th a year ago.

18. Philadelphia Eagles

WR Depth TE Depth
Alshon Jeffery Zach Ertz
DeSean Jackson Dallas Goedert
Jalen Reagor Josh Perkins
Marquise Goodwin
JJ Arcega-Whiteside

If Jeffery and Jackson can stay healthy, the Eagles have a chance to field one of the league's most dangerous units. But those are major ifs considering the pair's injury history, and the receivers behind them are more specialty players than go-to guys. Ertz and Goedert form a stellar tight end tandem, but they struggled to compensate for the receivers' shortcomings last season.

17. Atlanta Falcons

WR Depth TE Depth
Julio Jones Hayden Hurst
Calvin Ridley Jaeden Graham
Russell Gage Khari Lee
Laquon Treadwell
Christian Blake

The Falcons saw Austin Hooper walk in free agency and downgraded when they acquired Hurst to replace him. Atlanta has also lost depth at wide receiver over the last couple of years, leaving Jones and Ridley to shoulder most of the load.

16. Seattle Seahawks

WR Depth TE Depth
Tyler Lockett Greg Olsen
DK Metcalf Will Dissly
Phillip Dorsett Jacob Hollister
David Moore Colby Parkinson
Freddie Swain Luke Willson

Lockett and Metcalf paired nicely in their first year together, registering 15 touchdowns between them. However, the additions that Seattle made to the group around them raised some questions. Dorsett has disappointed at each of his previous stops, and 35-year-old Olsen hasn't produced since 2016.

15. Carolina Panthers

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WR Depth TE Depth
DJ Moore Ian Thomas
Robby Anderson Seth DeValve
Curtis Samuel Chris Manhertz
Seth Roberts
Keith Kirkwood

Christian McCaffrey probably should be included in this group. After all, he did manage 1,005 yards on a team-leading 116 catches. Moore and Samuel are developing into the mainstays they were drafted to be. Anderson is entering the fray, but while he's often referred to as a No. 1 receiver, he's only surpassed 800 yards once in his four seasons.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers

WR Depth TE Depth
JuJu Smith-Schuster Eric Ebron
Diontae Johnson Vance McDonald
James Washington Zach Gentry
Chase Claypool
Ryan Switzer

Smith-Schuster took a major step back in 2019, though injuries and poor quarterback play contributed. On the bright side, Johnson improved throughout his rookie season, and Washington showed an ability to make plays down the field. The Steelers signed Ebron and drafted Claypool to round out a solid, young core of pass-cachers.

13. Detroit Lions

WR Depth TE Depth
Kenny Golladay T.J. Hockenson
Marvin Jones Jesse James
Danny Amendola Isaac Nauta
Geronimo Allison
Marvin Hall

Matthew Stafford spreads the ball around evenly among his top three targets; Golladay, Jones, and Amendola each caught between 62 and 65 balls in 2019. Hockenson petered out after his record-setting debut, and much more will be expected of him in his sophomore year. Detroit has relied on its aerial attack for years and, with this collection of pass-catchers, will likely do so again in 2020.

12. New York Giants

WR Depth TE Depth
Golden Tate Evan Engram
Sterling Shepard Kaden Smith
Darius Slayton Levine Toilolo
Corey Coleman
Cody Core

The Giants may not have a true No. 1, but they boast a slew of weapons who could be considered No. 2s. Tate, Shepard, and Engram are all solid possession receivers, and Slayton showed big-play potential during his eye-opening rookie season. Coleman hasn't lived up to his first-round billing but has value as a tertiary option.

11. Los Angeles Chargers

WR Depth TE Depth
Keenan Allen Hunter Henry
Mike Williams Virgil Green
Andre Patton Stephen Anderson
Joe Reed Donald Parham Jr.
Darius Jennings

Whoever lines up under center for the Chargers will have two 1,000-yard receivers to chuck to. Allen is as steady as they come, while Williams has evolved into a big-play threat, averaging 20.4 yards per catch last season. There isn't much in the form of depth behind them, however, and you can never count on a full season from Henry.

10. Los Angeles Rams

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WR Depth TE Depth
Robert Woods Tyler Higbee
Cooper Kupp Gerald Everett
Josh Reynolds Brycen Hopkins
Van Jefferson
Nsimba Webster

Despite losing Brandin Cooks, the Rams still own a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Kupp and Woods. The addition of Jefferson, a second-round pick, makes for a fearsome trio. Higbee and Everett are underrated tight ends, giving quarterback Jared Goff a handful of dynamic options.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

WR Depth TE Depth
AJ Green CJ Uzomah
Tyler Boyd Drew Sample
Tee Higgins Cethan Carter
John Ross
Auden Tate
Alex Erickson

The Bengals had four receivers eclipse 500 yards last season while Green missed all 16 games with an ankle injury. They added Higgins with the 33rd pick, and he should be of particular use in the red zone thanks to his contested-catch abilities. Green, Boyd, Higgins, and Ross bring different skill sets to the table, giving Cincinnati one of the NFL's more well-rounded groups.

8. Houston Texans

WR Depth TE Depth
Will Fuller Jordan Akins
Brandin Cooks Darren Fells
Randall Cobb Jordan Thomas
Kenny Stills
Keke Coutee

Even without DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans may have the league's deepest pool of receivers. Fuller, Cooks, and Stills have deep speed for days, though injuries are a concern with all three. Akins flashed promise last year and figures to take over as the primary tight end after doubling his production from his rookie to sophomore seasons.

7. Buffalo Bills

WR Depth TE Depth
Stefon Diggs Dawson Knox
John Brown Tyler Kroft
Cole Beasley Lee Smith
Isaiah McKenzie
Robert Foster

The Bills now have the No. 1 receiver they sorely needed after trading for Diggs. Brown and Beasley are each coming off career years, but it would have been a lot to ask them to replicate their numbers. Inserting Diggs into the top of the depth chart pushes the others into more suitable roles in the offense.

6. Arizona Cardinals

WR Depth TE Depth
DeAndre Hopkins Maxx Williams
Larry Fitzgerald Dan Arnold
Christian Kirk Darrell Daniels
Andy Isabella
KeeSean Johnson

Hopkins' arrival gives Arizona a legitimate No. 1 receiver and moves Fitzgerald and Kirk into more comfortable roles as second and third options. The Cardinals drafted three receivers in 2019, including Isabella and Johnson, who should ascend in their second year. Tight end is more of a weakness, as all three should be fighting for a roster spot, not a starting job.

5. New Orleans Saints

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WR Depth TE Depth
Michael Thomas Jared Cook
Emmanuel Sanders Josh Hill
Tre'Quan Smith Adam Trautman
Taysom Hill Taysom Hill
Tommylee Lewis

Thomas can lay claim to the title of the NFL's best receiver after a record-setting campaign that netted him Offensive Player of the Year honors. And now he finally has some receiving help. Thomas will still see his share of double-teams, but that'll be a much more dangerous proposition with Sanders streaking down the field. Cook appeared to finally find his place in the offense late in the season and finished the year with nine touchdown grabs.

4. Dallas Cowboys

WR Depth TE Depth
Amari Cooper Blake Jarwin
Michael Gallup Dalton Schultz
CeeDee Lamb Blake Bell
Devin Smith
Cedrick Wilson

Some teams have better depth among their pass-catchers, but few have more raw upside than the Cowboys. Cooper commands extra attention at all times, while Gallup took a huge step as a sophomore and trailed Cooper for the team lead in receiving by fewer than 100 yards. Lamb could have a monstrous rookie campaign since he'll generally be matched up against No. 3 corners, and there's still room for Jarwin - who should have played ahead of Witten last year - to get some, too.

3. Cleveland Browns

WR Depth TE Depth
Odell Beckham Jr. Austin Hooper
Jarvis Landry David Njoku
Damion Ratley Harrison Bryant
Rashard Higgins
Donovan Peoples-Jones

Beckham wasn't at his best in his first season with the Browns but is still among the elites at his position. Landry, meanwhile, is terrific out of the slot and posted a career-high 1,174 yards in 2019 while raising his yards-per-reception average to a personal-best 14.1. Hooper and Njoku offer plenty of promise for first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

WR Depth TE Depth
Tyreek Hill Travis Kelce
Sammy Watkins Ricky Seals-Jones
Mecole Hardman Deon Yelder
Demarcus Robinson
Byron Pringle

No team matches the Chiefs' speed, as their top four wide receivers can all take the top off a defense with ease. Hardman stepped up as a rookie when Hill was out of the lineup and appears poised for a breakout sophomore campaign. Kelce is coming off his fourth straight 1,000-yard season and is the game's top tight end from a receiving standpoint.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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WR Depth TE Depth
Mike Evans Rob Gronkowski
Chris Godwin OJ Howard
Tyler Johnson Cameron Brate
Scott Miller Jordan Leggett
Justin Watson

The lone knock against the Buccaneers is their lack of depth out wide, but with so much depth at tight end, it hardly matters. Evans and Godwin form the best receiver duo in the league, while Gronkowski figures to thrive as a third option even if he isn't what he once was. He and Howard should see plenty of snaps in the slot to keep both on the field and make up for the absence of an established No. 3 wideout.

Ranking all 32 NFL receiving corps from worst to best
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