Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Ranking the AFC West receivers
By Bill Williamson
We continue our AFC West positional rankings with a strong group of receivers:
1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver: Thomas is developing into one of the best receivers in the NFL. He has it all -- and he has Peyton Manning.
2. Wes Welker, Denver: Welker has a specific role, but you can’t argue with his production. He is a special player.
3. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City: Bowe was No. 1 on this list last year. He hasn’t regressed. He is still top-notch. But the group is better.
4. Eric Decker, Denver: Decker completes what is probably the best trio of receivers in the NFL.
5. Donnie Avery, Kansas City: There is a drop-off here. But Avery is a pro. The free-agent pickup will help the Chiefs.
6. Denarius Moore, Oakland: Moore is a good, young player. He didn’t make the strides he was expected to in Year Two, but the skills are there.
7. Vincent Brown, San Diego: Brown can zoom up the list this season. Big things were expected in 2012, but he missed the entire season with a broken ankle.
8. Danario Alexander, San Diego: He came off the street and made a difference last season. He has big ability. Health is the only question.
9. Malcom Floyd, San Diego: How much has this group improved? Floyd was second on this list a year ago.
10. Rod Streater, Oakland: I wouldn’t be surprised if Streater makes a big leap on this list next year. He was very polished as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
11. Jon Baldwin, Kansas City: The Chiefs are still waiting for the talented 2011 first-round pick to develop.
12. Keenan Allen, San Diego: I expect the rookie to be an instant contributor. The Chargers got a steal in the third round of the draft.
13. Jacoby Ford, Oakland: If he can stay healthy, Ford can make an impact.
14. Dexter McCluster, Kansas City: McCluster can finally make an impact in Andy Reid’s offense.
15. Juron Criner, Oakland: He opened eyes in camp as a rookie, but didn’t do much last season. Still, a solid developmental player.
16. Robert Meachem, San Diego: He can still show something after being a total dud as a free-agent pickup last season.