5 Most Overrated NFL Wide Receivers Heading Into 2019 Season

By Kevin Nardone
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There are many unpredictable facets of the NFL and wide receiver play is no exception. There are so many variables that go into a wide receiver's performance that it can be a challenge for fans and front office alike to properly assess a wide receiver's value. This results in many NFL wide receivers being severely overrated.

Let's take a look at the five most overrated wide receivers heading into the 2019 NFL season.

5. Emmanuel Sanders

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Back when Peyton Manning was slinging the pigskin in Denver, Sanders was one of the most feared wide receivers in the league. However, his spike in production should be attributed to the dynamic Broncos offense. Now 32 and coming off a torn Achilles, the days of Sanders being a top WR seem well in the past. Rank appropriately.

4. Donte Moncrief

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Donte Moncrief is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he has been one of the most overrated receivers in the NFL since the Colts drafted him back in 2014 out of Ole Miss. Moncrief has only one season with over 50 receptions and has never had a year that saw him net over 800 receiving yards.

3. DeSean Jackson

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Since the end of the 2014 NFL season, Jackson has had just one season over 1,000 receiving yards (1,005 in 2016). Although Jackson, who was recently claimed by Philadelphia, has shown flashes of his big-play ability in recent years, he is not the player that fans think he is.

2. Nelson Agholor

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Nelson Agholor is another speedy wide receiver who is overrated largely because he was once a first-round draft pick. Since the Eagles selected Agholor with the No. 20 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, he has never topped 768 receiving yards and has only caught over four touchdowns once. Hardly the production of a player who is touted to be "taking the leap" at the beginning of each season.

1. A.J. Green

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For someone who is generally considered a top five receiver in the NFL, A.J. Green's production has not matched those expectations.

After starting his career with five straight seasons of 1,000+ receiving yards, Green has only notched that milestone once in the past three years. Although Green's past few seasons have been marred with nagging injuries, staying healthy is crucial in the NFL and his inability to stay on the field takes him out of the conversation of top receivers.

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