The current debate for who the best wide receiver in the league is between Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. Last season the answer was no doubt Antonio Brown, as he was the safer option by far. This season is a bit different now.
The Atlanta Falcons got a good number two wide out for Julio Jones in Mohamed Sanu. Last season Jones was facing a double team at least 80% of the time and still put up 1,871 yards and eight touchdowns. With Sanu lining up opposite of Julio, defenses won’t be able to double-team him as much. Julio Jones breaking Calvin Johnson Jr.’s single season receiving yards record next year is very foreseeable. Jones doesn’t have a great running back to rush the ball so teams will likely be in a pass defense most of the time. The Falcons also go against some of the best pass defenses from last year in 2016.
Antonio Brown put up very similar numbers in the 2015 season. Brown had 1,834 total receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. Those numbers are very similar to Jones’ numbers. The problem that lies with Brown is his side kick, Martavis Bryant. Bryant is suspended for the 2016 season. Before Bryant was drafted in ‘14, Brown only had one season with more than 1,300 yards and at least eight touchdowns. Brown does have someone called Le’Veon Bell, however. Bell is a powerful runner that can also block and catch out of the backfield. Le’Veon suffered an MCL tear last season and has only played one full season in a three-year career.
The pick definitely is a toss up. My pick, however, goes to Julio Jones in rounds 2-3 for those looking for the top receiver in 2016 play.