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Seven receivers for seven suitors

Manningham might be the best value, while V-Jax is the riskiest of the elite wideouts

Updated: February 15, 2012, 8:13 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Vincent JacksonDonald Miralle/Getty ImagesIt may be boom or bust for Vincent Jackson in this year's free-agent market.

Wide receivers have always been a valued commodity, but with the NFL entering what is very likely going to be the decade of the pass, top-notch pass catchers are going to be an even more essential element of successful team building.

The good news for aspiring franchises is that this year's free-agent wide receiver crop could be chock full of quality aerial targets. In fact, this may be as good a free-agent class for wide receivers as we've ever seen.

But not all of these targets were created equal. To help navigate this field, we review seven potential free-agent wideouts.

Each review details the player's age and size along with three key metrics: yards per attempt (YPA); vertical yards per attempt (VYPA), which measures productivity on aerials thrown 11 or more yards downfield; and stretch vertical yards per attempt (SVYPA), which measures productivity on aerials thrown 20 or more yards.

Dwayne Bowe


Birthdate: Sept. 21, 1984 (27 years old)
Height/weight: 6-2, 221 pounds
YPA: 8.8
VYPA: 11.7
SVYPA: 8.4