Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Where Does Calvin Johnson Rank Among the All-Time Great Wide Receivers?


Who is the greatest wide receiver of all-time? Most would say Jerry Rice deserves that title, although Randy Moss took the opportunity at yesterday’s Super Bowl media day to declare himself the greatest ever.

While Moss is still an active player, his best days are behind him and it is unlikely he can add more to strengthen his case as the game’s top receiver. If there is another active player that could challenge Rice, it’s probably Calvin Johnson – the man who just broke Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yards record.

Megatron’s resume is not yet complete, but where would he rank among the all-time greats right now? Mike Dyce at NFL Spin Zone took up the task of compiling a top ten list and Johnson made the cut, getting the list started at number ten. Dyce explains:

There are several current NFL players that come to mind who could make this list. Larry Fitzgerald is one, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne could plead their case. But at the #10 spot we went with Megatron, who is coming off arguably one of the greatest seasons ever by an NFL wide receiver. All he did was run wild over the NFL catching 122 passes for a NFL record 1,964 yards. It was Rice’s record that he broke and he finished just shy off the 2,000 yard mark. He would’ve been the first NFL WR to pass that milestone. All of this coming after a $132 million dollar contract. Usually players have contract years when they’re trying to earn a deal, not after. He is a 3x All-Pro and a 2x NFL receiving yards leader. He also is in the middle of his prime, so he could go for that 2,000 yard mark again next season if Matthew Stafford stays healthy. He is a match up nightmare standing at 6’4″ and weighing roughly 235 lbs. All this suggests he could move up this list.

Do you agree that Calvin Johnson is already one of the ten best wide receivers to ever play in the NFL? How high up the list will he go when his career is finally over?

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