Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/13/12
Calvin Johnson: It is undisputable; Megatron puts up insane numbers and beats triple coverage no matter who is throwing the ball to him. You don’t get a name like Megatron unless you’re a complete monster, and this guy is a complete monster. This is one of the few guys you can’t ever leave on an island with Revis, and you better throw a safety over the top ever down.

Larry Fitzgerald: One of the best players in this entire league, it doesn’t matter who throws the ball, Fitzgerald will catch it. Hell, I could be the Cards QB and give him a 1000 yard season, he is that good. Kurt Warner had to relearn how to play QB since he scans and throws to the open guy. Well not with Fitzgerald, you hit him in doubled coverage and he will come down with the ball. Fitzgerald will be a hall of fame player when he leaves the game and he never gets in the media for the wrong thing. Fitzgerald is the franchise in Arizona and earned his big money deal.

Andre Johnson: Like the receivers ahead of him, he can do it all from catching jumpers, fighting for the ball, and blocking on run players.  Johnson took a back seat to the run game but is still clearly one of the leagues best at his position. Any team would love to get a guy like this, he can do it all and he proves it week in and week out.
Wes Welker: No player has more catches than Welker the last four years, and that alone justifies his spot on this list. The worst thing Welker has ever done was make a few feet jokes at Ryan. Welker generally stays out of the media unless it involves Brady’s bathroom. Many people may question his ability to play outside of the system he is in, but his stats are undeniable. Add in the fact that he faces the league’s best CB duo and Rex Ryan’s game planning twice a year. Good coaches using his players’ abilities to their fullest extent so don’t knock him for being a system player. After all, he would do fine for any of the following teams: Packers, Giants, Chargers, Lions, Broncos, and many more. Pretty much any team who has a 4,000 yard passer he would do fine with.

Brandon Marshal: Marshal’s play, despite poor QB play, has been nothing short of greatness from him. Marshal is a big physical, fast and strong player, and he can go get jumpers and fight for the ball. He has gotten a bad rap just about everywhere he has been, and there has to be a reason Miami let him go for two 3rd round picks. A Pro Bowl player like this should be going for a first round pick. I can’t believe teams like the 49ers, Pats, Jets, Chargers, Broncos, Eagles didn’t go all in and get this guy. There has to be something we don’t know behind the scenes, we already know about his mental issues, but there may be more.  Marshal has had five straight seasons with over 1,000 yard receiving. I expect that trend to continue now that Marshal has a complete offense around with Jay Cutler, and Matt Forte. Once more, I would like to add playing against Rodgers and Stafford four times the Bears will be forced into a few shoot outs.
Honorable mentions
Dwayne Bowe: This was very hard to decide because Bowe has been the go to guy in Kansas City for years and always plays at a high level. I gave Marshal the nod since he will have the better QB in 2012, and that will help his stats. 
Anquan Boldin: Boldin has been the go to guy both in Arizona and Baltimore since arriving. Wait what did I just say? Hear me out, Larry Fitzgerald see’s doubled teams nearly every down making Boldin the guy. Since arriving in Baltimore, he has become Flacco’s favorite target, giving him the true WR he has been missing for years.


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