Three wide receivers were revealed as being in the 20s for the NFL's top 100 players episode that aired on Sunday night. Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson came in at No. 29; Detroit's Calvin Johnson was ranked 27th; and Atlanta's Roddy White was No. 24.
In response to the show, NFL.com writers and NFL Network analysts debated which wide receiver they would want to lead their receiving corps going into the future. It wasn't much of a debate, though. Johnson was the clear choice among almost all of the analysts. For example, here is what Steve Wyche had to say about Megatron:
They all offer so much but I have to roll with Calvin Johnson. As good as he's been, he's yet to play at his highest level. He's still growing as a receiver and he's not had a full season with Matthew Stafford.
Once they get a steady diet of each other, Johnson could emerge as the top receiver in the NFL. With the Lions also piecing together parts to have a strong run game, Johnson should be able to hit more deep plays on double moves and play action.
Jason La Canfora, Vic Carucci, Albert Breer,, Bucky Brooks, Adam Rank and Dave Dameshek all took Calvin Johnson. Pat Kirwan was the only one to take Roddy White, and nobody selected DeSean Jackson.