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Tuesday open thread: Is Kenny Golladay a top-10 receiver?

Kenny Golladay continues to make big plays.

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Sunday was another dramatic reminder for Detroit Lions and NFL fans that receiver Kenny Golladay is capable of some amazing things. Detroit’s 2017 third-round pick took over in the second half against the Carolina Panthers and almost single-handedly willed the Lions to a victory.

On their game-winning drive, Golladay snagged a 50/50 ball on a third-and-15, despite being held by cornerback James Bradberry. The 36-yard gain put the Lions in position to take the lead, but Golladay wasn’t done. Two incompletions later, Matthew Stafford again went to Golladay, and the 25-year-old receiver came down with one of the most impressive catches of his young career.

With Marvin Jones Jr. sidelined, Golladay made clear that he is the team’s future No. 1 receiver if he hasn’t already claimed that spot. But where does Golladay stand compared to the rest of the NFL? Today’s Question of the Day is:

Is Kenny Golladay a top 10 receiver in the NFL?

My answer: Not yet.

While Golladay has an amazing ability to go out and make acrobatic catches and the physical nature to pull jump balls from the hands of defenders, there’s still a lot more to his game that he needs to develop. He’s still not running crisp routes, forcing him to make contested catches more often than not. Good receivers can make catches with little separation. Great receivers don’t have to.

Through 11 weeks, Golladay ranks 17th in receiving yards (714) among wide receivers, but he has fewer targets than 15 of the 16 receivers ranked above him. Once he becomes a bigger part of this offense, we’re going to see him rank very close to that top 10. He has the physical talent, the ability to turn any small play into something much bigger, and he’s clearly improving.

Ask this same question a year from now, and the answer may be yes. But right now, I would place him somewhere around 15-20.

Your turn.

Poll

Where does Kenny Golladay rank as a receiver?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Top 5
    (15 votes)
  • 12%
    Top 10
    (72 votes)
  • 47%
    11-15
    (276 votes)
  • 26%
    16-20
    (150 votes)
  • 6%
    21-25
    (38 votes)
  • 4%
    Not in the top 25
    (25 votes)
576 votes total Vote Now