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Wide Receivers
Peter King
July 25, 2005
Randy Moss tops SI's rankings of elite receivers, a group that numbers about five. After that, the quality falls off with little difference among the next two dozen players. So if one of the top-tier wideouts isn't available early, fill needs at running back and quarterback, then look to pick up undervalued receivers, such as Derrick Mason. There will be plenty to choose from.
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July 25, 2005

Wide Receivers

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YARDS PER GAME TDS
1. Randy Moss, Raiders 59.0 13
2. Terrell Owens, Eagles
We're assuming disgruntled WR reports on time and reestablishes rapport with Donovan McNabb
85.7 14
3. Marvin Harrison, Colts 69.6 15
4. Javon Walker, Packers 86.4 12
5. Chad Johnson, Bengals
Coming off first Pro Bowl appearance, after career-high 95 catches as Carson Palmer's No. 1 target
79.6 9
6. Reggie Wayne, Colts 75.6 12
7. Jimmy Smith, Jaguars 73.3 5
8. Hines Ward, Steelers 62.8 4
9. Torry Holt, Rams 85.8 10
10 Joe Horn, Saints 87.4 11
11. Nate Burleson, Vikings 62.9 9
12. Steve Smith, Panthers
Game-breaker ran sub-4.4 in 40 after missing most of '04 with broken leg
60.0 0
13. Roy Williams, Lions 58.4 8
14. Eric Moulds, Bills 65.2 5
15. Ashley Lelie, Broncos
Speedster ready for breakout season after averaging 20.1 yards a catch
67.8 7
16. Derrick Mason, Ravens 73.0 7
17. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals 48.8 8
18. Andre Johnson, Texans 71.4 6
19. Reggie Williams, Jaguars 16.8 1
20. Muhsin Muhammad, Bears 87.8 16
21. Darrell Jackson, Seahawks 74.9 7
22. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals
League's top offensive rookie in '03 is fully recovered from knee injury that cost him half of last season
62.3 1
23. Drew Bennett, Titans 77.9 11
24. Rod Smith, Broncos 71.5 7
25. Eddie Kennison, Chiefs 77.6 8
26. Tyrone Calico, Titans 13.0 0
27. Laveranues Coles, Jets 59.4 1
28. Santana Moss, Redskins 55.9 5
29. Michael Jenkins, Falcons
Has shone in workouts and should replace Peerless Price as Atlanta's go-to guy
7.4 0
30. David Givens, Patriots 58.3 3
31. Braylon Edwards, Browns* 110.8 15
32. Plaxico Burress, Giants 63.5 5
33. Michael Clayton, Bucs 74.6 7
34. Chris Chambers, Dolphins 59.9 7
35. Keenan McCardell, Chargers 56.1 1
36. Mike Williams, Lions* 101.1 16
37. Lee Evans, Bills 52.7 9
38. Isaac Bruce, Rams
TDs fell off last season, and now the emerging Kevin Curtis may cut into his receptions
80.8 6
39. Eric Parker, Chargers 46.0 4
40. Jerry Porter, Raiders 62.4 9
41. Antwaan Randle El, Steelers
Versatile player should see numbers go up as he steps into Plaxico Burress's old spot
37.6 3
42. Deion Branch, Patriots 50.4 4
43. Mark Clayton, Ravens* 67.4 8
44. Donald Driver, Packers 75.5 9
45. Keary Colbert, Panthers 50.3 5
46. Charles Rogers, Lions** 11.0 3
47. Terry Glenn, Cowboys
Had the best years of his career with Drew Bledsoe as his quarterback, including his only two 1,000-yard seasons
66.7 2
48. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals 61.1 4
49. Brandon Stokley, Colts 67.3 10
50. Troy Williamson, Vikings* 75.9 7
51. Travis Taylor, Vikings 42.1 0
52. Keyshawn Johnson, Cowboys 61.3 6
53. Justin McCareins, Jets 48.1 4
54. David Terrell, Patriots
Former track standout at Virginia Tech has speed to get deep--a nice complement to rookie Braylon Edwards
43.7 1
55. Andre' Davis, Browns 59.4 2
56. Donte' Stallworth, Saints
Never really fit in Chiefs' aerial circus, so no reason to think he'll excel in an inferior offense
47.9 5
57. Johnnie Morton, 49ers 61.2 3
58. Antonio Bryant, Browns 54.1 4
59. Samie Parker, Chiefs 34.3 1
60. Kevin Curtis, Rams 30.1 2

Randy Moss tops SI's rankings of elite receivers, a group that numbers about five. After that, the quality falls off with little difference among the next two dozen players. So if one of the top-tier wideouts isn't available early, fill needs at running back and quarterback, then look to pick up undervalued receivers, such as Derrick Mason. There will be plenty to choose from.

Catching on Early

The six wideouts taken in the first round of the 2005 draft-- Braylon Edwards, Troy Williamson, Mike Williams, Matt Jones, Mark Clayton and Roddy White--arrive with much hype, but they'll have a tough act to follow. Here's how the seven wide receivers taken in Round 1 of the '04 draft fared as rookies last season.

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