Consider This About PFF Wide Receiver Ranking

Justin Jefferson

PFF are deep in their offseason assessments for the upcoming season. Typically, they post rankings for each position. Recently, their rankings for wide receivers came out, and some Vikings fans are in awe.

Of course, Justin Jefferson ranked pretty high on this list. He came in at number 7 of 32 receivers listed. That’s exceptional considering nearly 200 wide receivers on NFL teams.

So why the hell are the fans getting upset? Well, it’s because of who is inscribed before him.

Here are the top 10 PFF receivers:

  • Davante Adams
  • Cooper Kupp
  • Deandre Hopkins
  • Stefan Diggs
  • Tyreek Hill
  • Ja’Marr Chase
  • Justin Jefferson
  • mike evans
  • Deebo Samuel
  • A.J. Brown

Looking at this list, some fans might wonder why Ja’Marr Chase ranked above Jefferson? Or Hopkins, for that matter? After all, Chase only has one year under his belt and Hopkins was injured for part of 2021.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

Not to mention Justin Jefferson’s stats over the past two years. As of 2020, Jefferson is 4th in the NFL in receiving yards. Then in 2021, he moved up a notch and ranked 2nd in receiving yards. Jefferson did it when he lacked a run-first offensive plan.

How the hell can he be ranked 7th best when he produces like that? He should definitely be ranked in the top 5 wide receivers, right? Well, you won’t hear any argument from me on that.

However, I challenge you to think a little differently about this. Instead of focusing narrowly on “number”, think of it as a level. What level does this put Jefferson on?

The Vikings have an elite wide receiver in Justin Jefferson

When re-evaluating this receiver list and PFF standings, one thing stands out. Jefferson was listed in the “elite” level. No matter who placed ahead of him, Jefferson is among the elite. It’s something even the casual fan can see.

Justin Jefferson
Justin Jefferson

Now browse the 8 best wide receivers on this list. How many would you say they are not “elite”? I can’t think of just one. You could try to argue that Chase shouldn’t be there yet because he only has one season under his belt. However, after watching him last season, that would be ridiculous.

All of these guys deserve to be on this list. Instead of getting mad that PFF ranked him slightly below another guy, just appreciate that the Vikings have an elite wide receiver. After all, with Kevin O’Connell in the building, you should expect Jefferson to be used in the most appropriate way.

Hopefully, in a new pattern that will inevitably be more passing-focused, we could see Jefferson’s name at the top of the receiving yards list in 2022. More importantly, it will help the Vikings win more games and can to be racing at a championship. . We can hope!


Mitch Massman has been a lifelong Vikings fan. His first heartbreak was the 1998 NFC Championship Game. His full-time job is as an economic development professional in rural Minnesota. He fantasizes about the Vikings winning a Super Bowl one day, but until then he will write about the Vikings. Follow him on Twitter @skol_vikings3

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