As each year passes, the NFL is becoming more and more of a passing league, with many teams relying on their aerial attack to win their football games, rather than ground and pound of the football.
For that to work, you need to have a good wide receiver on your team to catch the ball, and there are some fantastic ones in the NFL today. Here are our top ten wide receivers in the NFL today.
10. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars' wide receiver broke onto the scene last season when he had 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, tying with New York Jets' Brandon Marshall and Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin in that category.
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Making his first Pro Bowl in 2015, Robinson will be looking to progress further with quarterback Blake Bortles in 2016. Although it hasn't been a promising start to the season, the 23-year-old is in the right offense to excel even more this season.
9. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
Marshall had the greatest season for a wide receiver in Jets history last year, breaking several records. What makes it more impressive is that he is 32 years old, playing with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and still making big plays.
With Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa alongside him and performing well this season, and with Matt Forte in the backfield, Marshall may not be as good as he was last season, but it gives the Jets a better chance of making the playoffs from the AFC East this year, which he won't mind one bit.
8. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Although he was out for the entire 2015 season and 2016 hasn't started off the best way for the Packers, Nelson is still one of the best wide receivers in the league and a major threat to opposing defenses.
The Packers passing game struggled without him last season, which shows how much of a cog to their success he is, as they would go on to lose the NFC North crown to the Minnesota Vikings. In 2014, he had 1,519 receiving yards and caught 13 touchdowns, earning his first Pro Bowl call up. With the talent on Green Bay's offense this year, there's no reason why he can't replicate these stat lines.
7. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
2015 was a bad season for Thomas as well, but he is still one of the best in the league, he just needs to rekindle his form. It may be tough with a quarterback like Trevor Siemien this year, but the 28-year-old has the quality to bounce back.
Although that might find it difficult without a quality quarterback like Peyton Manning, the wide receiver just needs to cut down a number of times he drops the ball and find his way into the endzone more often to move higher up this list.
6. AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Last season, Green caught 86 passes for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns, helping his quarterback Andy Dalton excel with his best quarterback rating since entering the league with 106.2.
So long as both Green and Dalton can stay healthy (as Dalton missed three games last year to which Green had his three worst games of the season), the wide receiver should be able to match or improve on his stat lines in 2016 and win the AFC North crown for the sixth season in a row.
5. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
2015 was a season to forget for Bryant as well due to injuries, but he is still one of the best in the league. He had at least 13 touchdowns and 1,200 yards in each season between 2012 and 2014 and will be hoping to get back to this stat line in 2016.
Although starting quarterback Tony Romo is injured (again), rookie Dak Prescott is showing potential and could help Bryant return to former glory. With the possibility of Romo returning later this year too, you can be optimistic on the two-time Pro Bowler and say he'll bounce back.
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Believe it or not, Hopkins scored 11 touchdowns and had 1,521 receiving yards and earned his first Pro Bowl appearance despite having four different quarterbacks throwing him the ball last season. It really shows what kind of talent he is and that if he sticks to the right path, he'll be the sole best wide receiver in the league one day.
This time around, Brock Osweiler is throwing him the ball, meaning he should have an even better season in 2016, and with an improved receiving corps and Lamar Miller in the backfield, the sky is the limit as to how well Hopkins can perform this season.
3. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
It's crazy to think how far Beckham has come in the NFL despite only being in the league for two seasons. He has great playmaking ability as clearly demonstrated in his famous one-handed catch and has been able to put up at least 1,300 yards and 90 receptions each year he has been in the league.
With Eli Manning throwing him the ball and an improved receiving corps from 2015, this can only get better for the wide receiver, and he could end up being the best in the league by the end of the 2016 season.
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons wide receiver is one of the best in the league today and the only thing that stops him claiming the top spot is his drops, as he had six dropped passes last season.
Last season he caught 136 passes for a league-high 1,871 yards and eight touchdowns, and with a rejuvenated Matt Ryan at quarterback and new faces in on the passing offense as well, Jones could become the number one receiver in the NFL in 2016.
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
The difference between Brown and Jones is consistency. Although he played for four games without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last season, he still tied the Falcons wide receiver in catches and finished the season with 1,834 yards and ten touchdowns.
With Big Ben and Le'Veon Bell as well alongside him on the offense, Brown could have an even better year in 2016 and possibly become the first wide receiver to have a 2,000-yard season. He is the best wideout in the league today and has been for at least the past three seasons.
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