Every NFL player is elite is some fashion. To be among the top 1600 at something in the world, speaks volumes into your ability. However, we all know that there are an even smaller group of elite players within this group as well. There are roughly 150 active wide receivers on rosters every single week in the NFL and these next three guys were the cream of the crop between 2005-2015.
1. Larry Fitzgerald – The fact that this man is still playing in the league is unbelievable. Larry was the third overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft and has spent his entire career with the Arizona Cardinals. “Fitz” will go down as a Top 5 greatest of all time and is a sure fire first ballot hall of famer.
Between 2005 and 2011, Fitzgerald had six straight seasons where he had at least a thousand yards receiving. He would have had seven straight, but he fell 54 yards shy of a thousand in 2006.
2. Andre Johnson – Not a name people talk much about because he played for one of the worst run franchises of the last 20 years. Johnson was big, fast and was more physical then most linebackers in the league.
The fact that Johnson was able to put up the numbers he did despite never having a true franchise QB or an offensive line that could block is truly remarkable. Johnson will be eligible for the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame and I would be shocked to not see selected.
3. Calvin Johnson – Another local Georgia kid who had an amazing NFL career. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, may be the most physically gifted wide receiver to ever play the game. Like Andre Johnson, he played for a terrible organization that played musical chairs with the coaching staff and did a terrible job of scouting.
Like the great Barry Sanders did during his Lions career, Johnson would abruptly retire after his ninth NFL season. During his final six years of his career, Johnson would have both at least one thousand yards receiving and make the Pro Bowl.