According to NFL.com research, the best wide receiver in the NFL as of 2019 is Julio Jones.
Antonio Brown is widely considered to be the best wide receiver in the NFL. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and was named First-team All-Pro three times. Brown has led the league in receiving yards twice and is the only player in NFL history to have at least 100 catches in five straight seasons.
Brown’s career thus far
Antonio Brown is widely considered to be the best wide receiver in the NFL. He has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2010, and has amassed over 11,000 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns during that time. He was a First-Team All-Pro in 2014 and 2016, and was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of those seasons. In addition, he was the receiving yards leader in the NFL in 2014 and 2017.
Brown’s production in 2018
Antonio Brown had a monster season in 2018, leading the NFL in receiving yards (1,533) and catches of 20+ yards (32). He also ranked second in the league in targets (169) and 100-yard games (six), and third in receptions (104) and touchdown catches (15). Brown’s production has been incredibly consistent over the years; dating back to 2013, he’s averaged 114.0 catches, 1,524.7 receiving yards and 11.2 touchdown receptions per season. In fact, his 104-catch, 1,533-yard, 15-touchdown campaign in 2018 was almost identical to his 101/1,533/9 line from 2017. Simply put, Brown is as good as it gets at the wide receiver position
Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He is a physical freak and can do things that most receivers cannot do. He is a great route runner and has great hands. He can also run after the catch and is a great red zone threat.
Jones’ career thus far
Julio Jones has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for some time now.
He was drafted 6th overall by the Falcons in 2011, and since then he’s racked up an incredible 7,964 yards and 51 touchdowns. He’s made the Pro Bowl six times, and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.
He’s still just 30 years old, which means he’s got plenty of good football left in him. He’s coming off another strong season in 2018, where he had 1,677 yards and 8 touchdowns.
There’s really no weakness to Jones’ game. He’s got great size at 6’3″, 220 pounds, and he’s got elite speed, quickness, and route-running ability. He’s also got great hands, and is one of the best at making contested catches in traffic.
In other words, there’s really no stopping Julio Jones when he’s at his best. He is without a doubt the best wide receiver in the NFL today.
Jones’ production in 2018
In 2018, Jones caught 113 passes for 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns, leading the NFL in receiving yards for the second time in his career. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth consecutive season. His production helped the Falcons offense rank fourth in the NFL in passing yards per game (294.9).
In my opinion, DeAndre Hopkins is the best wide receiver in the NFL right now. He’s got great hands, runs great routes, and has the ability to make big plays. He’s also a great blocker, which is something that a lot of receivers don’t do well.
Hopkins’ career thus far
DeAndre Hopkins was born in Central, South Carolina on June 6, 1992. He attended D.W. Daniel High School in Central, where he played football and ran track. Hopkins played college football at Clemson University from 2010 to 2012. As a freshman, he had 36 receptions for 425 yards and five touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 52 receptions for 837 yards and six touchdowns. In his junior year, he had 73 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns, which was a school record. He decided to forgo his senior year and declare himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Hopkins was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 27th overall pick. In his rookie season, he played in all 16 games and had 40 receptions for 577 yards and two touchdowns. In 2014, he played in 15 games and had 76 receptions for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns. In 2015, he played in 16 games and had 111 receptions for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was named to his first Pro Bowl as well as being named First-team All-Pro. In 2016, he played in 16 games and had 78 receptions for 954 yards and four touchdowns
Hopkins’ production in 2018
In 2018, Hopkins had 115 receptions for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns. He led the NFL in touchdown catches and was second in receiving yards, behind only Julio Jones. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. is widely considered to be the best wide receiver in the NFL. He has the ability to make spectacular catches, and he has the speed to get separation from defenders. Beckham also has great hands, and he is a dangerous weapon in the red zone.
Beckham’s career thus far
Odell Beckham Jr. was born on November 5, 1992, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU), and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 12th overall pick. Beckham’s NFL career thus far has been spectacular, despite only playing in 4 full seasons. In 2014, Beckham made 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, all while being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The very next year, he made 96 receptions for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2016, Beckham missed 4 games due to injury but still managed to rack up 101 receptions for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns. Finally, in his most recent season in 2018 Beckham played in all 16 games and had 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Beckham’s production in 2018
In 2018, Beckham was ranked as the 18th best player in the NFL by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019. He was also ranked the 34th best player in the league by Bleacher Report.
Beckham caught 77 passes for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 2018, while also adding two rushing touchdowns. He was voted to his fourth Pro Bowl and was named a Second-Team All-Pro for the second time in his career.
Michael Thomas is not only the best wide receiver in the NFL, he is also one of the best players in the entire league. In 2019, he caught an NFL record 149 passes for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All-Pro. Thomas is one of the most talented and hardest working players in the NFL, and he has the stats to back it up.
Thomas’ career thus far
Michael Thomas has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL since he was drafted in 2016. In his three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Thomas has recorded 321 receptions for 3,787 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Thomas has been especially effective over the last two seasons, recording an NFL-best 196 receptions for 2,382 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2017 and 2018. He has also been remarkably consistent, catching at least 90 passes in each of those two seasons.
The Saints have been one of the NFL’s most successful teams over the last three seasons, thanks in large part to Thomas’ production. He has established himself as one of the league’s top receivers, and he should continue to be a key player for the Saints moving forward.
Thomas’ production in 2018
In 2018, Michael Thomas set the NFL single-season record for receptions with 149, while also amassing 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns en route to being named a First-Team All-Pro for the second consecutive season. His 149 receptions were not only the most in the NFL in 2018, but they were also the most by any player in their first two seasons in NFL history, bettering the mark of 143 that was set by Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014-15.