Ranking the Best Receiving Corps in the NFL

Receiving Corps Tiers

Football Outsiders' Editor-in-Chief Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) is joined by Senior Analyst Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) and FO staff writer J.P. Acosta (@acosta32_jp) to start a position group tier series. This week the guys take a look at all of the receiving corps from around the NFL and rank them in tiers.

Here are the results of receiving corps tiers:

FO Receiving Corps Tiers

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13 comments, Last at 04 Jun 2022, 10:57pm

1 Incomprehensible

I found the podcast incomprehensible.  You skipped around from team to team, instead of say, tier by tier or division by division, and I was unable to keep track of who was what.  If the live cast had the chart above, then it could have been understood.  But the podcast simply did not work for me.

7 Interesting statement

From Aaron who would rather have 3 above average WRs and meh TE over 2 above average WRs and TE and meh WR3.

IDK about that though (Waller was a WR btw). Would you rather have Odell, Roy Williams, Adam Thielen and Jerell Adams at TE or Allen Robinson, Braxton Berrios, Brian Hartline and Noah Fant at TE? 

Maybe that's too abstract for ya but would you rather have Gronk along side Moss and Megatron or Julio?

 

8 Maybe that's too abstract…

Maybe that's too abstract for ya but would you rather have Gronk along side Moss and Megatron or Julio?

That sounds like the right kind of problem to have.

10 Vikings to A Tier

As a Vikings homer, I admit that I am biased in this comment. However, let's compare to the Cardinals. Jefferson is in another world compared to Marquise. Thielen is probably about as good as DHop now, and he is at least available. Irv is likely comparable to an old Ertz. Osborn has shown more than Rondale. How are they not in the same tier?

I could make similar arguments for TB, especially with Godwin out and no Gronk. Even the Broncos are really only A tier in theory, and haven't proven it like most of the Vikes have. It baffles me how they are in a lower tier.

12 Closer than you think

Thielen played in 3 more games last year. Had 25 more receptions, 150 more yards and two more TDs. Both receivers are 30 plus and red zone weapons. Hopkins has a 79.9 grade on PFF and Thielen has 74.6. Hopkins YPRR was 1.99 and Thielen was 1.74. However Thielen had better YAC with 2.6 yards per target vs. Hopkins 1.5 yards per target. I'd say generally Hopkins is better (prime of both players Hopkins was clearly better), but at this stage in their careers it's pretty darn close. 

13 Nah

That grade gap is significant but also shortsighted. You're going to be hard pressed to find many that even entertain that, let alone agree.