All quarterbacks need a wide receiver they can trust to make the grab, with the most successful teams having a great tandem.
Some of the best wide receivers in the game are elite at running a solid route, having good hands or are a solid deep threat.
However, what if the ultimate wide receiver could be created combining all the best qualities of an elite receiver? Using players from 2010 to present-day and combining their top attributes, a top-tier wide receiver was created.
Route Running: Davante Adams
Davante Adams is continuously touted for his elite route running, with many pointing out his ability to create separation. Known for his hesitation and release at the line of scrimmage, Adams has honed his craft to fake out defenders and become one of the top route runners.
Hands: Larry Fitzgerald
One of the top receivers in the league for many years, it’s no surprise to see Fitzgerald on this list. Spending his whole career with the Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald might be most known for his hands, famously having more tackles (41) in his career than drops (29). On top of that, the Cardinal great also ranks second all-time in both receiving yards and receptions, with 17,492 yards on 1,432 receptions.
Jump Ball: DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins doesn’t get as much separation as some other receivers, sitting in the middle of the pack averaging 3.1 yards in 2020. However, he was still second in the league in receptions with 115 and third in receiving yards with 1,407 yards. With multiple highlights of Hopkins winning jump balls over defenders, it’s no wonder Kyler Murray trusts him to make those tough catches in critical situations.
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Deep Threat: Desean Jackson
Though many will argue Tyreek Hill belongs in this spot due to his speed, Jackson wins out because of the years he spent excelling as a deep threat. Desean Jackson has racked up 26 touchdowns of 60 yards or more, a league record, and his 32 touchdowns of 40 yards or more ranks sixth all time.
Playmaking: Antonio Brown
How a player can extend a play is another key attribute of a strong wide receiver, and something Antonio Brown has been able to do throughout his career. In just his second year, he became the first player to have 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 total return yards. Named a First-Team All-Pro four times, Brown has twice led the league in receiving yards and receptions and led in receiving touchdowns in 2018. With seven 1,000-yard seasons and three 1,500-yard seasons, Brown drew lots of attention from defenders.