We have looked at the quarterbacks and the running backs in the NFC West. Today we look at the receivers and rank each of the four teams in the division.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown
This really isn't close. Fitz is one of the best in the game and one of the best all time. Floyd has been inconsistent, but has had some incredible games. Brown has been the most talked about Cardinals player since last offseason. He had an immediate impact last season and there are big things expected from him and for him this coming season. If Carson Palmer is healthy, there is the possibility all three of these players could end up with at least 1000 yards.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson
Boldin is special. His numbers and Larry Fitzgerald's numbers are almost identical, although Boldin has been in the league a season longer. Smith has been a little disappointing, but he does have 17 more career touchdowns than Arizona's Floyd. He also has had better QBs throwing him the ball. However, he does have talent. Simpson has the talent, but has yet to really put together a season to match his talent. Losing Michael Crabtree this offseason hurts (and Patrick Peterson must be happy), but this trio still is not quite as talented as Arizona's group.
3. Seattle Seahawks: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson
Seattle's receivers do not get appreciated like they should. They are one of the most efficient groups and they do very well within the offense. Would they be the same somewhere else? Most think not. However, with the addition of Tyler Lockett in the draft and if Richardson takes a step forward in his development, this group very quickly could move up the ranks in the division.
4. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey
The Rams have some very explosive players in space as part of their receiving corps, but they do lack consistency in terms of traditional receivers. Aside from the big play threats of Austin and Bailey (although they are not the traditional go route threat), this group of players just doesn't really strike fear into opposing teams. Their strength is taking little plays around the line of scrimmage and making them spectacular plays. But they do not scare people with their routes or hands.
Now, go! Argue, debate and comment.