Antonio Brown finished second in the NFL with 1,499 receiving yards and 110 receptions in 2013 yet he is only the 14th-ranked wide receiver on the ESPN.com list of the top 100 offensive players.
Brown is No. 38 overall, a number that is hard to fathom since the fifth-year veteran made the Pro Bowl last season as both a wide receiver and a returner.
Brown joined DeSean Jackson (2010) as the only players to make the Pro Bowl at two different positions in the same season. It should be noted that Brown made one of the biggest jumps in the top 100, moving up 57 spots.
Among the wide receivers ahead of Brown in the latest release of ESPN.com’s top 100 player on offense and defense are the Buccaneers’ Vincent Jackson (No. 37), the Packers’ Jordy Nelson (No. 35) and the Bears’ Alshon Jeffery (No. 32).
Getting overlooked is nothing new for Brown.
The two-time Pro Bowler lasted until the 195th pick of the 2010 draft, and he wasn’t even the Steelers’ first sixth-round pick that year.
The Steelers took Brown after selecting running back Jonathan Dwyer earlier in the sixth round.
All Brown has done since then is make the Pro Bowl as a kickoff returner, punt returner and wide receiver and twice won the Steelers’ MVP Award. He also holds team records for most receiving yards in a season as well as most all-purpose yards in a season (2,211 in 2011).
I’m guessing the Steelers don’t think there are 13 wide receivers better than Brown.