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The Most Dominant Receivers In Football

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Calvin Johnson Jr.

Johnson was born in Georgia and went to Georgia Tech University where he was first-team all ACC in 2004 as a freshman. He was a first-team All-American in 2005, 10th in Heisman voting in 2006, and set Georgia Tech’s single season record in yards (1,202) catches (76) touchdowns (15).

Drafted in 2007, Johnson was the 2nd overall pick. Ever since, he has climbed the ranks to become the NFL’s single most dominant wide receiver.

In 2011 he had one of the best single seasons of all time, recording 16 touchdown receptions and 1,681 yards. In 2012, he had an even better season in terms of yardage with 1,964 yards, but fell short of his TD mark with 5 (he was tackled within the 2-yard line multiple times).

Over the course of his career Johnson has completed 6 great NFL seasons, has amassed 488 receptions, 7,836 yards, and 54 receiving touchdowns. The scary thing is the best may be still to come.

Brandon Marshall

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marshall went to University of Central Florida. In 2005 he had 74 receptions, 1,195 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns. He exploded in the 2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, in which he recorded 11 catches for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Drafted in 2006, Marshall was the 199th overall pick. A reason of his low draft selection may be due to his sub 4.5 40-yard dash speed, in which he ran in 4.52. Marshall has had 6-straight 1,000 yard seasons, and has shown the ability to perform no matter which team he plays for. In 2012 Marshall had the best year in his career, catching the most passes (118), recording the most yards (1,508), and scoring the most touchdowns (11) in his seven year career. He is accurately nicknamed, “The Beast.”

Andre Johnson

Born in Miami, Florida, Johnson went to University of Miami. He was MVP of the 2002 Rose Bowl (199 yards and 2 TDs). Andre also ran track for “The U” where he won the 60 meter dash in 6.83 seconds, then later went on to win the 100 meter dash in 10.59 seconds.

Drafted in 2003, Johnson was the 3rd overall pick. He had his best season in 2012 which he caught 112 balls and recorded 1,598 receiving yards with 4 touchdowns. He’s had three 1,500+ yard seasons and is the only player in NFL history with 60+ receptions in first 8 seasons. He currently averages the most yards per game over his career with 80.4.

AJ Green

Born in South Carolina, Green went to the University of Georgia. He set Georgia freshman records in catches (56), yards (963) and touchdowns (8). Despite being injured for 3 games during his sophomore season and suspended for four games in 2010, he finished his career at Georgia with 166 receptions, 2,619 yards, and 23 TDs.

Drafted in 2011, Green was the 4th overall pick. He had a great rookie season, catching 65 passes for 1,057 yards and 7 touchdowns. Green underwent no sophomore slump had 97 catches for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Demaryius Thomas

Born in Montrose, Georgia, Thomas attended Georgia Tech University, where he played in a run-heavy option style offense. Despite this Thomas performed very well under the circumstances. In 2009, Thomas had 46 catches for 1,154 yards and 8 touchdowns. He finished his career with 120 catches for 2,339 and 14 touchdowns.

Drafted in 2010, Thomas was the 22nd overall pick. He had a slow first season and a half until he broke out against the Vikings for 4 receptions for 144 yards in week 13. Thomas’ most memorable catch came in a playoff game in 2011 in which he took the first pass of overtime 80 yards for a touchdown. He finished that game with 204 yards on only 4 catches. The signing of Peyton Manning has greatly helped Thomas’ development, and by far had the best season of his short career catching 94 passes for 1,434 yards and 10 TDs.

Roddy White

Born in South Carolina, White went to University of Alabama-Birmingham. Another breakout performer of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, White caught 6 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Drafted win 2005, White was the 27th overall pick. He’s had 6 straight 1,100+ yard seasons. Vastly improved from 2006-2007. White’s best season came in 2010 when he had 115 receptions for 1,389 yards and 10 TDs. He narrowly bested his 2012 campaign in which he and Matt Ryan led the Falcons to the best record in the NFL and recorded 1,351 yards on 92 catches with 7 TDs. What one must remember are White’s quarterbacks prior to Ryan and between Vick: Chris Redman, Joey Harrington, and Byron Leftwich. White had great seasons with each of them.

Reggie Wayne

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana and went to the University of Miami. Set the University of Miami freshman record with 48 receptions in 1997. Over his career Wayne recorded 2,510 receiving yards on 173 receptions and 20 TDs.

Drafted in 2001, 30th overall pick. Has had a long productive career with the Indianapolis Colts, with 8 1,000-yard seasons. He proved this year that he does not need Peyton Manning to be productive, being rookie Andrew Luck’s favorite target and matching the most productive season of his career with 1,355 yards. He continues to prove that smart and effective route running can make you a great wide receiver, even without great top-end speed.

Didn’t make it on mine, but probably do on someone else’s list:

Victor Cruz. Julio Jones. Dez Bryant. Larry Fitzgerald.

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