Browns and Falcons’ receivers ranked higher than the Vikings’ for 2019

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen /

Sports Illustrated recently ranked every team in the NFL by their current receiver situation and the Minnesota Vikings came in near the top.

Last Friday, the Minnesota Vikings and Adam Thielen agreed to a new, four-year contract extension. The deal ensures that the Vikings will continue to have one of the best (if not the best) wide receiver duos in the NFL for the next few seasons with Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

Most are aware that Minnesota is home to one of the top pass-catching duos in the league. But what does everyone think about the rest of the Vikings’ receiving corps?

After the top two spots on Minnesota’s wide receiver depth chart, there are a lot of unknowns. The Vikings’ other pass catchers that are currently under contract for 2019 includes Laquon Treadwell, Chad Beebe, Brandon Zylstra, Jeff Badet, and Jordan Taylor.

There are a number of receivers behind Diggs and Thielen that have the potential to find success in Minnesota next season. But even if the Vikings don’t get a ton of production outside of their top two pass catchers in 2019, the team’s receiving corps is still viewed as one of the NFL’s best.

According to a recent ranking by Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr, Minnesota’s current receiving situation is the third-best in the league. Ahead of the Vikings on Orr’s list are the Atlanta Falcons (2) and Cleveland Browns (1).

This ranking is the latest to display everyone’s infatuation with the Browns’ receivers after their addition of Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason. Despite Cleveland’s current group of pass catchers having never played a meaningful game together, many are already handing them the title of having the top receiving corps in the NFL, including Orr.

The Falcons’ having Julio Jones is also apparently enough for their group of pass catchers to rank higher than Minnesota’s.

Yes, the Vikings’ receiving corps is top heavy with Diggs and Thielen getting the majority of the targets. But even Orr admitted that the lack of targets for Minnesota’s other pass catchers doesn’t play a factor in his ranking.

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Yet, the Vikings still only come in at No. 3 on this list. However, this ranking could possibly improve if Minnesota decides to add another receiver in this year’s NFL Draft.