The AFC West is going to be one of the most interesting divisions to watch in the NFL in 2021. The division has the defending AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs, a classic talented team with a bad quarterback in the Denver Nuggets, a team that always makes headlines with the Las Vegas Raiders and a potential Super Bowl dark horse in the LA Chargers.
,In preparation for the 2021 season we have been ranking the AFC West position group by position group. Thus far we have ranked Justin Herbert and the quarterbacks as well as Austin Ekeler and the running back rooms.
Today, we continue down the line of the offense and rank the AFC West receiving corps, taking the top six receivers into question.
Ranking the receiving corps in the AFC West:
4. Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, John Brown, Willie Snead, Zay Jones.
The Las Vegas Raiders have decent depth at the wide receiver position as there are multiple players who could step up and get yards. Hunter Renfrow is a good depth option, Willie Snead can have some big games and John Brown is blazing fast.
The problem is that they do not have a true no. 1 receiving option. Henry Ruggs was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and while he definitely has potential, he was the worst of the "big three" rookie receivers taken in the first round last year.
Ruggs has the speed to be a no. 1 option but with Derek Carr not really being a gunslinger, I doubt he gets maximized to his full potential. Ruggs is likely going to be not good enough to be a WR1 but be an overqualified WR2. It is like the LA Chargers having Mike Williams as their WR1.
That holds the team back. I would not say they are awful at the position, but they definitely are in the lower half of the league. That might be just fine with Jon Gruden, though, considering he has Darren Waller to scheme plays for.