Depth is good at wide receiver, but if you can land one of the top six or seven wideouts, it’s worth a second-round pick. Grab at least two from the top 17 on this list by Rounds 5 or 6 and you should be in good shape.
1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver ($42): Peyton Manning’s favorite target and Manning threw for 55 TDs last season.
2. Dez Bryant, Dallas ($38): The Cowboys will need to score a ton of points.
3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit ($37): Higher on most boards. Megatron’s a beast but not enough TDs.
4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati ($32): An absolute monster (98 receptions, 1,426 yards, 11 TDs).
5. Julio Jones, Atlanta ($32): One of the league’s rising stars before he was injured last year.
6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago ($32): Career-high stats (100 catches, 1,295 yards, 12 TDs) and might duplicate them.
7. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh ($30): Coming off a remarkable season (110 catches, 1,499 yards, 8 TDs) and might repeat.
8. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay ($28): Steady, proven commodity when healthy; pencil in 80 catches, 1,200 yards, 8 TDs.
9. Keenan Allen, San Diego ($28): Should improve some off a standout rookie season (1,046 yards, 8 TDs).
10. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago ($27): Broke through with a top 10 season (89 catches, 1,421 yards, 7 TDs).
11. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay ($26): Constantly flies under the radar (last year 1,224 yards, 7 TDs).
12. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona ($26): Finally had that rebound season we were expecting but still a borderline starter.
13. Randall Cobb, Green Bay ($25): Will he bounce back from injury is the big key.
14. Roddy White, Atlanta ($24): Another Pro Bowler coming off an injury marred season but has skins on the wall.
15. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota ($24): On everyone’s sleeper list for a reason.
16. Andre Johnson, Houston ($22): Former top-shelf WR is slipping but still has some tread left on the tires.
17. Pierre Garcon, Washington ($20): 113 catches, 1,346 yards but only 5 TDs.
18. Wes Welker, Denver ($20): Continues to do what he’s always done — get open over the middle.
19. Victor Cruz, New York Giants ($20): Not as much salsa dancing last year (4 TDs) but is capable of a good rebound season.
20-DeSean Jackson, Washington ($20): Set career highs (82 catches,1,332 yards, 9 TDs), then bolted to D.C.
21. Kendall Wright, Tennessee ($18): Hauled in 94 catches for 1,079 yards. Only negative was two TD catches.
22. Mike Wallace, Miami ($18): Speedster is on track for a career-best season.
23. Torrey Smith, Baltimore ($15): New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak should help pad already solid stats.
24. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis ($14): A 1,000-yard season is proof he’s Luck’s No. 1 target.
25. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco ($22): A bit of a conundrum. Could be really good. Might also be very average.
26. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia ($12): He’s coming off an injury-marred lost season but DeSean Jackson left.
27. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo ($11): Talented rookie should be an immediate factor in the Bills’ offense.
28. Marques Colston, New Orleans ($10): Proven veteran is starting to fade but would be a good value in the middle rounds.
29. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver ($10): Inherits Eric Decker’s role which is a good spot to be in.
30. Terrance Williams, Dallas ($9): Playing opposite Dez Bryant, the former Baylor star has flex potential, maybe more.
Others: 31. Dwayne Bowe, KC; 32. Julian Edelman, NE; 33. Percy Harvin, Sea.; 34. Reggie Wayne, Indy; 35. Brandin Cooks, N.O.; 36. Michael Floyd, Atl.; 37. Golden Tate, Det.; 38. Eric Decker, NYJ; 39. Anquan Boldin, SF; 40. Justin Hunter, Tenn.; 41. DeAndre Hopkins, Hou.; 42. Kelvin Benjamin, Car.; 43. Rueben Randle, NYG; 44. Tavon Austin, St.L; 45. Marvin Jones, Cin.; 47. Mike Evans, TB; 48. Riley Cooper, Phil.; 49. Hakeem Nicks, Indy; 50. Jarrett Boykin, GB.