Recently over at ESPN, their panel of bloggers voted for who the top ten wide receivers were in the NFL. Here is what the list ended up looking like —
1. Andre Johnson
2. Larry Fitzgerald
3. Roddy White
4. Calvin Johnson
5. Reggie Wayne
6. Greg Jennings
7. Dwayne Bowe
8. DeSean Jackson
9. Brandon Lloyd
10. Brandon Marshall
Santonio Holmes ended up coming in at #13, also putting him behind Wes Welker and Mike Wallace. He received a 10th place vote from one blogger and a 9th place vote from another one.
Does Holmes deserve to be higher?
Personally, I think you can make a pretty convincing argument that he belongs somewhere in the number 8 to 10 range. Statistically, his numbers from 2010 won’t justify it but bear in mind he only played 12 regular season games and still racked up 52 receptions, 746 yards, and 6 touchdowns. More importantly, Holmes is arguably the most clutch receiver in the NFL. He had three game winning receptions this past season, never-mind his Super Bowl MVP performance that was capped off by catching the game winning touchdown a few years ago.
Brandon Lloyd had a terrific year in 2010 but what about the previous four seasons when he did absolutely nothing? Are we sure last year wasn’t an aberration of being the top target on an extremely pass happy team?
Brandon Marshall is physically more gifted than Holmes and has out produced him over his career, although he didn’t last year by only having 3 touchdowns and averaging a measly 11.8 yards per reception.
DeSean Jackson and Holmes have been very comparable over the past three years, except Jackson doesn’t have Holmes big game heroics.
Wes Welker out performed Holmes in the years prior to 2010 but I don’t know if he is at that level any more after his surgery, considering his fairly average (by his standards) 2010 season.
Mike Wallace certainly has the potential to be better than Holmes, but he has only been in the league for two years. Let’s see him produce on a more consistent basis first, especially in big games.
Where would you rank Holmes?