2013 NFL Free Agents: Breaking Down Best WRs on the Market

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 13:  Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball against the Houston Texans during the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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With NFL free agency just around the corner, it's time to start looking at some of the big-time players on the market in 2013.

The wide receiver pool this year boasts some stars, including four unrestricted free agents at the top of the class.

Here's a look at my top receivers hitting free agency in 2013.

4. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

After a contentious offseason with the Steelers, Mike Wallace still managed to post 836 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.

Wallace may not be as complete a receiver as the other wideouts on this list, and he had his fair share of drops and inconsistent play in 2012, but his potential as a deep threat alone makes him very dangerous for opposing defenses.

3. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

In his six seasons with the Chiefs, Dwayne Bowe has posted three 1,000-yard campaigns. In his rookie year, he notched 995 yards.

The fact that he's done this with spotty and at times non-existent quarterback play shows just how special he is. 

Bowe registered 801 yards and three touchdowns in 2012, but the numbers don't come close to exemplifying how much of an impact the 28-year-old can have on the field.

You can bet there will be plenty of teams interested in the one-time Pro Bowler come free agency.

2. Wes Welker, New England Patriots

After the Patriots slapped the franchise tag on Wes Welker in 2012, don't expect the 31-year-old to remain with the team in 2013. 

Welker has been one of Tom Brady's most trusted targets throughout the years, and that's saying a lot. In his six seasons with the club, he's posted five campaigns of at least 100 catches and 1,000 yards. That includes 37 touchdowns during that span.

Welker still has good speed, but what really separates him is his route-running and his ability to find holes in the defense. His hands aren't as exceptional as some tend to believe, but he's still a top receiver in the NFL.

1. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers

After missing eight games due to an abdominal tear, Greg Jennings posted the worst numbers of his career (36 catches, 366 yards, four touchdowns) in 2012.

Jennings was surpassed by teammates Randall Cobb and James Jones on the depth chart during his absence as Aaron Rodgers built chemistry with the rest of the receiving corps, but by no means does that mean he's slowed down significantly.

Jennings still possesses the route-running ability, quickness and hands to be a No. 1 receiver who can win games for you. 

What are your thoughts?

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