AFC South Rankings- Wide Receivers

The only definite way to the postseason and to a lucrative postseason home game is to win your division. To figure out who has the inside track in the AFC South for 2012, we are going to rank each of the position groups from best to worst. We will move on to the wide receivers.

1. Houston Texans



Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, DeVier Posey, Juaquin Iglesias, Dwight Jones, Lestar Jean

There's an age old debate of whether the quarterback makes the receivers or the receivers make the quarterback. It doesn't really matter in the Texans situation as they have a Pro Bowl quarterback in Matt Schaub and an All-Pro receiver in Andre Johnson. Although Johnson is clearly the best wideout in the division, there is plenty of uncertainty around him. Houston selected Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey in the second round of the draft as Kevin Walter seems to be regressing. Dwight Jones and Lestar Jean are physical specimens but are very raw and any contribution would be considered a plus.

2. Tennessee Titans



Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, Lavelle Hawkins, Damian Williams, Marc Mariani

If Kenny Britt can come back from ACL surgery successfully the Titans wide receiving corps will be among the best in the division. When healthy Britt is a legitimate number one and Nate Washington is a solid veteran who has made big catches in his career. Rookie Kendall Wright is the "Wildcard" who can take this group from average to very good right away. The silver lining of Britt's injury last year is that youngsters like Hawkins, Williams and Mariani received more reps and should be better off from the experience.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars



Justin Blackmon, Laurent Robinson, Lee Evans, Mike Thomas, Cecil Shorts, Chastin West

After having very little that resembled an NFL wide receiver a year ago, the Jaguars made wholesale upgrades to the position. The team inked Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans in free agency and traded up in the draft to acquire two-time Biletnikoff Award Winner Justin Blackmon. No longer will Mike Thomas have to face double-teams or bigger, more physical cornerbacks with Blackmon and Robinson on the outside. It's still unclear how well Laurent Robinson will play in a number one role and Justin Blackmon is just a rookie, but the unit appears to be very respectable on paper.

4. Indianapolis Colts



Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery, Austin Collie, Quan Cosby, T.Y. Hilton

When the Colts went on their offseason purge, they kept a few dishes in the cupboard for new quarterback Andrew Luck. In somewhat of an upset victory for the team, Reggie Wayne decided to re-sign with the team to give Luck a legitimate number one target. Austin Collie can be a solid possession guy and speedy rookie T.Y. Hilton will be vying for time with Donnie Avery.



Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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