NFL free agency 2021: Top 10 NFL wide receivers available


Here's a look at the top 10 NFL receivers available in free agency this offseason. By Dave Zangaro

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Robison, 27, is legitimately one of the NFL’s best receivers and he’s been playing with mediocre quarterbacks for his entire career. Hopefully, for his sake, that changes this offseason. In 2020 with Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, Robinson had a great season. He caught 102 passes for 1,250 yards and 6 touchdowns. In the last two seasons with the Bears, Robinson has 200 catches for 2,397 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s about to get PAID.


Godwin missed four games in the 2020 but still managed to have a really impressive 12-game season, catching 65 passes for 840 yards and 7 touchdowns. If you project those numbers over a full season, Godwin has another season like his 2019, when he went 86/1,333/9. Godwin, 25, didn’t do much in Super Bowl LIV, but he caught five passes for 110 yards in the NFC Championship Game and was a major reason for the Bucs’ success throughout the year.


Injuries derailed Golladay’s 2020 season, allowing him to play in just five games. In those five games, the Lions’ receiver caught just 20 passes for 338 yards and 2 touchdowns. But the 2020 season came off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the former 3rd-round pick out of Norther Illinois. He was a Pro Bowler in 2019, when he had 11 touchdown catches.


There’s no question that Fuller can play. The question is: Can Fuller stay healthy? In his five years with the Texans, who drafted him in the 1st round back in 2016, Fuller has averaged 10.6 games per season. In each of the last two years, he’s played in 11 games and he played in just 7 in 2018. But when he’s on the field, Fuller is still a legitimate deep threat and has incredible speed. In 2020, he averaged 16.6 yards per catch and still had 8 touchdowns in 11 games.


Smith-Schuster has become known for his TikTok dances, but he’s a pretty talented receiver too. The 2017 2nd-round pick hasn’t duplicated his 1,400-yard season from 2018, but he was still good in 2020, catching 97 passes for 831 yards and 9 touchdowns. He did have a career low yards per reception mark at 8.6, primarily working out of the slot. Smith-Schuster is still really young too; he just turned 24 in November.


Jones will turn 31 soon but he had one of his best seasons in 2020 for the Lions. He caught 76 passes for 978 and 9 touchdowns. He’s also been really consistent for the Lions, hitting his peak in the 2017 season when he had his only 1,000 yard season. He’s not part of the elite tier of receivers but he’s still really good.


Here’s a guy who has a lot of untapped potential. The former 2nd-round pick is still just 24 and is coming off a career year in Carolina. In 2020, he had a 77/851/3 season and there’s still room left to grow. He also had 200 rushing yards and another couple touchdowns. If Samuel goes to the right team, he can continue to flourish in the NFL and he’s an intriguing option for any offensive-minded coach looking for an impact player with an idea of how to use him.


Davis hasn’t lived up to being the No. 5 pick back in the 2017 draft but he had his best season in 2020. The Titans receiver caught 65 passes for 984 yards and 5 touchdowns. And at 6-3, 210 pounds, he’s a physically imposing weapon with a ton of talent. Remember, he put up those numbers in Tennessee, where they really like to run the ball.


The former Eagles’ 1st-round pick needed a change of scenery and he made the most of his veteran salary benefit deal with the Raiders. Agholor basically got paid a little over $1 million and had a career year, catching 48 passes for 896 yards and 8 touchdowns. He averaged 18.7 yards per catch in 2020 and will finally make some money on the open market this year.


Brown is 32 now and any team willing to sign him has to ask themselves two questions: Do we have the culture in place to keep Brown in line? Is it worth it? Because while Brown has proven to be a headache the last few years, he’s still talented. Is he still the All-Pro guy from Pittsburgh? Nah. But in eight games last year, he caught 45 passes for 483 yards and 4 touchdowns with the Bucs and had another couple touchdown catches in the playoffs, including one in the Super Bowl.

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