The PFF is deep in their offseason evaluation for the upcoming season. Typically, they give a ranking for each position. Recently, their rankings for broad receivers have come out, and this has worried some Vikings fans.
Of course, Justin Jefferson ranks quite high on this list. He is ranked 7th out of 32 receivers listed. This is exceptional considering the NFL team has a wide receiver of around 200.
So, why are the fans in the world upset? Buss, for whom is listed in front of him.
Here are the top 10 PFF receivers:
- Davante Adams
- Cooper coup
- Diane Hopkins
- Stephen Diggs
- Tyreek Hills
- Ja’mar Chase
- Justin Jefferson
- Mike Evans
- I’ll give it to Samuel
- AJ Brown
While viewing this list, some fans may ask why Jamar is ranked above Chase Jefferson? Or Hopkins, for that matter? After all, Chase has just one year under his belt, and Hopkins was injured for part of 2021.
Not to mention Justin Jefferson’s stats over the last two years. In 2020, Jefferson is ranked 4th in the NFL’s Receiving Yard. Then in 2021, he took it a notch and was second in the receiving yard. Jefferson did this while exiting the run-first offensive scheme.
How could he be the 7th best in the world when he produced something like this? He must be in the top 5 wide receiver, right? Okay, you won’t hear any arguments from me.
However, I would challenge you to think a little differently about this. Think of it as a level, rather than narrowly focusing on “numbers.” At what level does this put Jefferson?
The Vikings have an elite wide receiver in Justin Jefferson
When re-evaluating that list of receivers and PFF’s rankings, one thing comes out. Jefferson was listed on the “elite” level. No matter who is ahead of him, Jefferson is elite. This is something that even casual fans can see.
Now, look at the top 8 wide receivers in that list. How many would say “not elite”? I can’t think single. You might try to argue that Chase still shouldn’t be listed there because he only has one season under his belt. But it would be ridiculous to see him last season.
Those guys deserve to be on that list. Instead of upsetting the PFF by putting him a little lower than any other guy, appreciate that the Vikings have an elite wide receiver. After all, with Kevin O’Connell in the building, you should expect Jefferson to be used in the most appropriate way.
Hopefully, in a new scheme that will inevitably become more pass-centric, we will see Jefferson’s name at the top of the list of receiving yards in 2022. More importantly, it will help the Vikings win more games and possibly run for a championship. Anyone can hope!
Mitch Massman is a lifelong fan of the Vikings. His first heartbreak was playing in the 1998 NFC Championship. His full-time job as an economic development professional in rural Minnesota. He imagines the Vikings winning the Super Bowl one day, but until then he will write about the Vikings. Follow him on Twitter skol_vikings3