TEMPE, AZ - JUNE 13: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals practices in the minicamp at the team's training center facility on June 13, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Larry Fitzgerald is the best wide receiver the Arizona Cardinals have ever had on their roster. Period. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. The guy is simply amazing. He has great size, adequate speed and the best pair of hands in the NFL.
And if you don't believe me that he has hands made of pillows, take a look at the chart Pro Football Focus just compiled. They just continue to support reasoning of Fitz being the best receiver in the league.
PFF went through every receiver in the league with at least 125 catchable passes over the past three years and charted which ones had the highest drop rate and which ones had the highest catch rate.
Among the worst were Brandon Marshall, Roddy White, Wes Welker and others, all three having at least 30 dropped passes. Two of them (White and Welker) have quarterbacks that are above average, so there is hardly an excuse for that. They simply just don't hold onto the ball all that well.
On the flip side, Earl Bennett, Larry Fitzgerald and Kevin Walter all had a drop rate % under 3.5. The amazing part is that Fitz had nearly 150 more catchable balls thrown his way than the leader, Bennett. It stands to reason that the more balls that are thrown your way, the more you'll drop.
Fitz has had 275 catchable passes thrown his way and dropped just nine of them for a drop percentage of 3.27%. There are no other receivers joining him in the top five that could be considered in the elite category that Fitzgerald finds himself in.
Oh, and let's not count out all the catches that Fitzgerald made that were not deemed "catchable". Did PFF list those, too?