Few people outside of the Minnesota Vikings locker room could have predicted the amount of success that Justin Jefferson was able to achieve during his very first year in the NFL.
Once the Vikings came to their senses and inserted Jefferson into the starting lineup in Week 3, he never looked back. Minnesota’s 2020 first-round draft pick spent his first season in the league by breaking multiple franchise and NFL all-time records.
Due to his incredible success as a rookie, Jefferson has already established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the league, and if 2020 is any indication, it won’t be long until he’s regarded as the absolute best pass-catcher in the game.
Minnesota Vikings rookie reveals his top-five NFL wide receivers
During a recent episode of the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast with former NFL players Chad Johnson and Brandon Marshall, Jefferson shared who he believes are the five best wide receivers in the league today.
Coming in fifth on his list is DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals, then at No. 4 is D.K. Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks, followed by himself in the third spot, then he went with Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers at No. 2, and at the top of his list he has Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons.
It’s hard to argue with Jefferson’s selections, and despite being so young, he clearly has plenty of confidence in his own abilities since he believes there are only two current receivers that are better than him.
It is a little disappointing though that the Vikings pass-catcher decided to rank someone from the Packers higher than himself. But give him another year or two in Minnesota and his hatred for anything green and gold should reach the proper level.
Interestingly enough, Jefferson did not include the guy who he replaced on the Vikings roster this past season, Stefon Diggs, in his top-five.
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Diggs did lead the NFL in catches and receiving yards during the 2020 campaign, but it clearly wasn’t enough for Jefferson to regard him as one of the five best wide receivers in the league.