NFL football is a passing league, and that's never been more apparent than in 2022. Leveraging star power at the wide receiver position is a crucial piece of roster construction for all 32 teams.
Front offices are well aware of this need, targeting playmaker wideouts early and often in the NFL Draft. But that's far from the only way to land talented pass-catchers. With that in mind, here's a look at the 10 best free agent wide receivers available in the 2023 NFL offseason.
10 Best Free Agent Wide Receivers 2023
1. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kansas City Chiefs
There's not much star power on this list, and that's a testament to teams locking up the most talented pass catchers around the league. But, JuJu Smith-Schuster is the closest thing to a star on this list. JuJu had a bounce back year where he climbed to 933 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, but his 1,000+ yard receiving days are done.
2. Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
Jakobi Meyers showed flashes of brilliance throughout the 2022 campaign, ending the year with 804 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. He's a consistent option who catches roughly 70% of the balls thrown his way. I'd expect a more impressive stat line given the right quarterback situation should Meyers depart New England.
3. Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
With little to no competition as a WR1 on the Green Bay's roster, Allen Lazard did not take full advantage of the opportunity. Aaron Rodgers loved spreading the ball around because he didn't trust any of his receivers in the way he once trusted Davante Adams, and despite seeing 100 targets, Lazard caught just 60 balls for 788 yards. He's a solid No. 2, but don't expect more than that.
4. D.J. Chark, Detroit Lions
Injuries played a factor, but D.J. Chark's new home in Detroit didn't pan out well. Even on an offense that ranked third in yards, Chark sat firmly behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond in terms of Jared Goff's favorite targets. He ended the year with 30 receptions and 502 yards across 10 starts.
5. Darius Slayton, New York Giants
Darius Slayton headlined an underwhelming group of New York Giants' wide receivers in 2022. Running back Saquon Barkley actually out-targeted every single pass catcher on New York's roster. Still, Slayton has a solid floor and caught 46 balls for 724 yards. He's a great option for deeper wide receiver rooms.
6. Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs
It was another season to forget for Mecole Hardman, hampered by injuries. The fourth-year pro made just 8 appearances and tallied a career-low 297 receiving yards as a result. Hardman averaged just under 45 receptions and 600 yards per season in his three year's prior, making him a solid WR3 option on depth charts.
7. Jarvis Landry, New Orleans Saints
Jarvis Landry's best days are behind him, but it's safe to call his 2022 season an anomaly. That's how mediocre the New Orleans Saints' offense was. Landry played in just 9 games and caught 25 balls for 272 yards. Get him in a legitimate offense and I'd expect a climb back to more stable numbers. The veteran tallied 570 yards in 2021.
8. Marvin Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars
Marvin Jones is another veteran wideout who will get his opportunity somewhere in 2023. Even at age 32, Jones still collected 46 receptions and 529 yards for the Jacksonville Jaguars this past season. A clear supporting option, Jones can post WR3 numbers in the right situation.
9. Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts
Campbell just had a career year for the Indianapolis Colts, despite the franchise ranking 27th in total offense. He saw 91 targets and converted 63 receptions into 623 yards. Expect a better performance if given a stable quarterback situation.
10. Noah Brown, Dallas Cowboys
With the departure of Amari Cooper, Noah Brown stepped into a legitimate WR2/3 role behind CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. He thrived with a career-high 43 receptions for 555 yards and 3 touchdowns. Another depth option, but capable playmaker given enough volume.
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