In response to digger0862's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
[QUOTE]Other than QB, that's a pretty subjective ranking. RBs for instance can barely find jobs now, and NFL GMs pay top receivers pretty good money, so unless those GMs are all dumb, I think your ranking is a little hard to defend. Personally, I'd be delighted with receivers as good as the 2004 Branch, Brown, Givens, Patten, Johnson group. People talk as if those guys were dog meat. That was a nice, well-rounded group if you ask me.
There's a tendency for people to poo-poo receivers on this site, and to say high scoring offenses are not valuable. That's knee jerkism if you ask me. The fact that the Pats didn't win the Super Bowl in 2007 doesn't negate Randy Moss's value. Nor does it mean a high-powered offense is no good. It just underscores how hard it is to win the championship. A lot has to go right. One way to help things go right, though, is to be good and deep in as many positions as possible - and that includes wideout.
I had WR above RB but changed it just for you. :)
As for NFL GMs being dumb for giving receivers big money I'll let you be the judge.
Here's the top 20 highest paid wide receivers and their seasons in the postseason.
Calvin Johnson Lions 1 of 7 in postseason
Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 2 of 10 in postseason
Percy Harvin Seahawks 2 of 5 in postseason
Mike Wallace Dolphins 2 of 5 in postseason
Dwayne Bowe Chiefs 2 of 7 in postseason
Vincent Jackson Buccaneers 4 of 9 in postseason
Brandon Marshall Bears 0 of 8 in postseason
Andre Johnson Texans 2 of 11 in postseason
Greg Jennings Vikings 5 of 8 in postseason
Victor Cruz Giants 1 of 4 in postseason
Roddy White Falcons 4 of 9 in postseason
Pierre Garcon Redskins 3 of 6 in postseason
Antonio Brown Steelers 2 of 4 in postseason
DeSean Jackson Redskins 4 of 6 in postseason
Mike Williams Bills 0 of 4 in postseason
Marques Colston Saints 5 of 8 in postseason
Steve Johnson 49ers 0 of 6 in postseason
Eric Decker Jets 3 of 4 in postseason
Golden Tate Lions 3 of 4 in postseason
Brian Hartline Dolphins 0 of 5 in postseason
And at least one-quarter of them have Super Bowl rings . . .
Not sure this proves anything at all. Single players don't win games, teams do. I'm not sure you'd get much different results at any position. Try the top 20 left tackles, for instance . . .