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Ranking the AFC West by position: Wide receiver

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Oakland Raiders v Denver Broncos Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

We’ve ranked the AFC West quarterbacks and running backs. Now let’s look at how the receivers stack up.

1. BroncosDemaryius Thomas, Courtland Sutton, Emmanuel Sanders

Shoddy QB play in Denver the past couple seasons has put a damper on the outstanding duo of Thomas and Sanders. Though in 2016 they both still managed to have over 1000 yards receiving and both went to the Pro Bowl. Now they add a very talented rookie receiver in Sutton to the mix. Case Keenum is going to enjoy having these guys to throw to this season.

2. ChiefsTyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Chris Conley

Hill was the most dangerous receiver in the division last season and made his second Pro Bowl. The season before he was named All Pro as a return man. He’s an incredible athlete and a threat to break it for a score any time he touches the ball. He gets some help on the other side in Sammy Watkins, who carries the distinction of being the guy selected just before Khalil Mack in the 2014 draft. Conley is passable as a third option, but he’s not going to scare many people.

3. RaidersAmari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant

When Amari Cooper is healthy, he can hang with some of the best receivers in football. When he’s a bit banged up, he’s a liability. He was out of shape and banged up most of last season. We must assume he will get back to his Pro Bowl self this season with the possibility of improving. He’s still just 23. Nelson is 33, but still looked himself outside of the ten games last season he played with Brett Hundley at QB last season. Where the Raiders receiving corps gets a boost is with the addition of Martavis Bryant. He could help them hang with the rest of the receiver corps in the division with his size/speed combo.

4. ChargersKeenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin

Allen was the best receiver in the division last season, as he has been on occasion in his career. The main difference last season was he stayed healthy – something he hadn’t done since his rookie season. Tyrell Williams is a big target (6-5) and worthy starter on the other side and Travis Benjamin is a very good slot receiver.

Also see AFC West rankings for: QB I RB I TE I OT I OG I C