Week in Review: Reaction to Cosell’s Top 5 Wide Receivers

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December 18, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) makes a catch against the St. Louis Rams in the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Cincinnati defeated St. Louis Rams 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday NFL Film’s Greg Cosell released his list of his top 5 wide receivers in the NFL. This list was surprising to, I believe, everyone except Mr. Cosell. Greg Cosell has made Bengals news earlier this year after questioning Andy Dalton‘s arm strength. There was a harsh reaction from Bengaldom in its wake. Cosell, again, is on the Bengals radar, but this time it will not cause such a harsh backlash from his article as he ranked A.J. Green as his fifth best wide receiver in the NFL. This should have Bengaldom rejoicing. However, this writer has a different take on Cosell’s latest article.

Top 5 lists are always tough. They require a lot of digging around for statistics, watching game film, looking for anomalies, and above all – speculating. Mr. Cosell has a great history of writing some terrific articles and he continues to do so. But, every top 5 list will be rebutted, and this is one of those particular rebuttals.

First off, Cosell makes a big point about the size of wide receivers in today’s NFL. He notes how large they have become. The age of the smaller, speedy wide receiver is seeming to fall by the wayside, and the large 6’3″+, 210+ lbs. wide receiver are taking their place. This point is completely agreeable. If you look at the wide receivers taken high in the draft over the last few years, note their size and you will find that most meet this criteria. Everyone wants the next Calvin Johnson.

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Topics: Afc, AJ Green, Andre Johnson, Bengals, Calvin Johnson, Cardinals, Falcons, Greg Cosell, Larry Fitzgerald, Lions, Nfc, NFL, Panthers, Patriots, Roddy White, Steve Smith, Texans, Wes Welker

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  • BrennenWarner

    I actually do think AJ Green belongs up there in the top 5. Clearly not on a production basis, but rather what he brings to the field. 
    I think any GM out there would rather have AJ Green on his team than Roddy White or Wes Welker. Superior skillset. Obviously lower numbers, but that’s not what Cosell’s list is about

  • SeanOD

    @BrennenWarner You bring up a great point. I feel that Green needs to continue his success for another season before being ranked as a top 5 receiver though. Consistency is very important to me in this category. There is a good chance though that I will be in agreement with you by the end of the 2012 season.

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  • KevinSchomaker1

    I think I’ll take AJ Green over Roddy White, Wes Walker, or even Steve Smith when it comes to what he brings to the field. IMO, I think he is already a Top 5 WR and will prove it this season.