PFF has him rated as the #1 WR in the NFL right now... remarkable
Brown has been dogged as "not a true #1 WR" by Steelers fans for the last year and a half, and it's time for that myth to be dispelled. While he will never be one of the truly elite WRs (the very few "special" ones - Calvin, Julio, Fitz, AJ, Dez) he is a bonafide #1 WR. He makes his QB better with his play by:
- Running pristine routes and full route tree (simply put he is an elite route runner... one of the best in the league)
- Being versatile to line up anywhere, and execute the full variety of skills required of a WR
- Catching EVERYTHING. He makes the difficult catches (Yes, he dropped that TD... but it's the only thing he's dropped)
- 41 reception on 50 targets with only 1 drop... catching 82% of targets leads the NFL
- averaging nearly 100 yards per game
Some around here have defined a #1 WR as someone who makes his QB better... and that's exactly what Brown does. OUtside of those truly elite few... the next tier of WRs is usually the "scheme specific" guys who dominate the stat sheet... like Wes Welker or Roddy White. That's the company Brown belongs in. A true #1 WR who fits the scheme, and makes his QB better (regardless of how good that QB is on their own).
A perfect route runner... makes a QB better
A WR with excellent hands who is capable of making difficult catches.... makes a QB better
Just because he is not 6'3" 215 lbs or more.... doesn't mean he's not a #1 WR.
Time for Steelers Fans to recognize... completely... how good he is.
It's easy to make a "Top 5 WRs in the NFL" list... and leave Brown off. That's a no brainer
It's easy to do the same with a "Top 10" list... although he's making the case that he belongs
If you make a top 15 list without him on it, I'd argue that you were wrong...
If you make a top 20 list without him on it, you're just dumb...
My personal top 20 WRs in the NFL TODAY
1. Calvin -
2. Fitz -
3. Julio ^
4. AJ ^
5. Dez ^
6. Andre -
7. Demaryius -
8. Marshall -
9. Wes -
10. Harvin* ^
11. Wayne v
12. Antonio Brown ^
13. Vjax -
14. White v
15. Cruz -
16. Crabtree* ^
17. Jordy -
18. Torrey -
19. Blackmon ^
20. Djax -
missing the cut : Bowe -, Colston v, Jennings -, Cobb ^, Wallace -, S.Smith v, Boldin v, Gordon ^, Moore -, Nicks v, Shorts -, Garcon -, Decker -