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NFL Draft: Who will be the best wide receiver in the league in 2022-23?

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One of an offense’s most crucial players is the deep threat. So is the slot guy. It’s time to look at 15 wide receivers who should contribute in 2022–2023, whether it be for Fantasy Football teams or NFL games. USA TODAY Sports’ Jay Biggerstaff
A rare occurrence, the Stefon Diggs trade to Buffalo has been a huge success for the Bills and Vikings. With Josh Allen, Diggs has excelled. He has 230 receptions for 1,760 yards and 18 touchdowns in two seasons. Stunning. At LSU, USAT Ja’Marr Chase put up tremendous numbers while receiving passes from Joe Burrow. Therefore, the same scenario occurs when Chase joins the Bengals and is reunited with Burrow. American Today Sports’ Tim Heitman
CeeDee Lamb, an Oklahoma native who was selected in the first round, had a major impact on America’s Team in his debut season. He contributed 935 yards with 74 receptions to a Dallas team that was without Dak Prescott for the majority of 2020. He followed with a 1,102-yard season on 79 catches, including 6 TDs. ESPN’s Ron Chenoy covers sports
You might be shocked to see this cunning name on the list. Last year, despite a terrible Broncos quarterback situation, Courtland Sutton recorded 58 receptions. Now that he has Russell Wilson, he can anticipate him to easily surpass his previous career best of 72 receptions. (Image: Nic Antaya via Getty Images )
Despite each and every defeat in 2021, the Lions displayed great heart. Amon-Ra St. Brown, a rookie WR, was a major contributing factor. He made his professional debut with a season of 90 receptions for 912 yards and 5 touchdowns. This is a wideout who is headed to triple-digit receptions, possibly in 2022. USAT
After a quiet first year, Michael Pittman Jr. blossomed in his second season with Indy. He had 88 catches for 1,082 yards. Pittman gets a QB who loves to throw — and knows how to find receivers — in Matt Ryan. Another player who could be heading toward triple digits in catches. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images )
The Raiders got the best wideout in the game in Davante Adams from Green Bay. They paid the man and will be rewarded with huge numbers. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Keenan Allen has three straight seasons of 100 or more catches. It would be five in a row if it weren’t for a 97-catch season in 2018. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Kupp won the Triple Crown in receiving last year and won the Super Bowl for the Rams. Enough said. Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Tyreek Hill is speedy and dazzling. He was incredible with Patrick Mahomes. The big question: will he put up similar numbers with Tua Tagovailoa throwing passes? This is a situation that should be monitored closely. The grass or turf isn’t always greener in South Beach. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings used one of the pieces they got for Stefon Diggs to choose Justin Jefferson out of LSU. All he has done is catch 196 passes in his first two seasons, including 17 for touchdowns. How about 3,016 receiving yards? Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Don’t sleep on a return to greatness of Michael Thomas. He was unstoppable in New Orleans before injuries derailed the past two seasons. He’s fantastic and if healthy will deliver. USAT A.J. Brown blossomed in Tennessee to the point he was worth a huge contract. The Titans balked and now the wideout is in Philly with DeVonta Smith. Jalen Hurts can’t ask for better targets and he best find them early and often. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
The Niners need to find a way to keep Deebo Samuel happy. He’s broken out in a big way as a receiver and runner. These type of players are rare and it would be a wise idea to pay Samuel or get a huge haul for him, rather than have a sulking superstar around. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Tyler Lockett is going to be tested in 2022. Not because he isn’t superb. Rather because he is going to be without Russell Wilson and figures to be thrown to by either Geno Smith or Drew Lock. That’s daunting for anybody who catches passes in Seattle. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Brady is the GOAT. Mike Evans is just great. He can beat you so many ways and is the go-to guy in Tampa Bay. Yes, there is Chris Godwin. Evans, however, is special. Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Terry McLaurin has been tremendous with Washington and he has had far from exceptional quarterbacks. That situation won’t get better this year with Carson Wentz around. Don’t sleep on McLaurin becoming a superstar and making any quarterback he has look wonderful.