With the Tokyo games approaching, the NFL has released Olympics-themed player rankings. The offseason rankings are detailed on NFL.com as follows:
“Twenty-five analysts individually ranked their top three in each [position], and then we tallied all of the votes via this simple formula:
Each first-place vote: 3 points
Each second-place vote: 2 points
Each third-place vote: 1 point”
So, who has “medaled” in the wide receiver category this summer?
Totaling 26 points was bronze medalist Tyreek Hill. Hill received one first place vote, 10 second place votes and three third place votes. 27 years-old and at the peak of his powers, Hill is coming off an 87-catch, 1276-yard, 15-touchdown season. Former receiver Nate Burleson calls Hill “an exceptional route runner with great hands, and he can win vs. double or triple coverage,” adding that “When [Hill] gains even a half step, the defense is toast.”
Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins takes home the silver medal with 34 points. Kyler Murray’s primary weapon collected five first place votes, five second place votes and nine third place votes. As NFL.com’s Cynthia Frelund points out, nobody has logged more catches than Hopkins since 2013. The eight-year vet out of Clemson has also improved after the catch. Hopkins forced a career-high 22 missed tackles in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
Green Bay’s Davante Adams secured gold and his margin of victory is staggering. Adams received 17 first place votes, six second place votes and zero third place votes. His 63 points are more than Hill and Hopkins’ totals combined. Adams, who caught a league-leading 18 touchdowns (in only 14 games) last season, has a unique gift for finding the end zone. Aaron Rodgers will be hard pressed to find a more reliable option if he indeed leaves the Packers.
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Stefon Diggs (19 total points), D.K. Metcalf (3), Julio Jones (2), Allen Robinson (2) and Justin Jefferson (1) also received votes.