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Ranking the AFC West by wide receivers

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It's becoming fairly obvious the AFC West is stacked at the skill positions after ranking the quarterbacks and running backs. That holds true at the wide receiver position as well. Here is how the AFC West stacks up by that position group.

1. Broncos -Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Cody Latimer

Demaryius Thomas just got a huge new contract and deservedly so. Some like to say he is a product of his quarterback. Those folks forget how big a weapon he was for Tim Tebow in 2011 and that huge 204-yard performance he had in the playoffs against the Steelers, including the game winning touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders was already establishing himself as a fine NFL receiver with the Steelers and took it to a Pro Bowl level last season with 101 catches for 1404 yards and 9 touchdowns. Latimer was the team's second round pick in 2014.

2. Chargers - Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Stevie Johnson

Allen had 1046 yards receiving as a rookie in 2013. Floyd has long been a very solid number two receiver. Stevie Johnson had three straight 1000-yard seasons in Buffalo from 2010-12. He spent a season in San Francisco in 2014 and looks to return to form with a change of scenery and probably the first great quarterback he's ever had.

3. Raiders - Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Rod Streater

Cooper potentially provides the Raiders with their first number one receiver in many years. Crabtree still has loads of potential as a former top pick. You know you have good depth and have upgraded your receiving corps when Rod Streater - the team's top receiver this time last year - is now third on the depth chart.

4. Chiefs - Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson, Jason Avant

Bringing in Maclin to bulk up the receiving corps in Kansas City was an absolute must. He replaces Dwayne Bowe who looks like a shell of his former self. They were one of the worst units in the NFL last season, without a wide receiver scoring a single touchdown. Maclin won't solve their issues by himself. But they are sure hoping he can.