- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements ranks the NFL's 10 best receivers, based on personal experience. Clements has played in 112 consecutive games to begin his career, earning a Pro Bowl berth after the 2004 season.
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Clements: "I think the way he runs routes separates him, and he has excellent hands. He is a sure-handed catcher. He has the speed. The numbers don't lie."
Clements: "He's been real consistent throughout his career."
Clements: "Chad is very quick. He can catch the ball. He has good size. He runs good routes and he can go up and go get the ball."
Clements: "I like Hines Ward. He's not the biggest, he's not the fastest. Some guys are just blessed with the size and athletic ability. He just goes out there and he is just a hard-nosed receiver. Because of the style he plays, he does not get the credit as a receiver. He is totally opposite of what you think a receiver would be."
Clements: "People may not like his personality, but when it comes time to play, he puts up the numbers. You can't argue against that. He definitely has the size. He is a big, strong receiver."
Clements: "There are so many players in this league who get overlooked because they've been on losing teams. I feel he is definitely one of those guys. When he was in Miami, he was definitely their No. 1 receiver. We saw what he is capable of doing when he goes to a winning team. His pace doesn't stop. It picks up."
Clements: "He's a workhorse, he's a physical specimen and, unfortunately, he's been on a team that hasn't been winning too many games, so he has been one of those guys who has been overlooked as well. You put him on any other team that is winning and he'll definitely be recognized. He is definitely a stout receiver."
Clements: "When I think of him, I think of a track meet, a guy who can just run all day. He has excellent hands and runs good routes."
Clements: "He's explosive. He is a game-breaker."
Clements: "He definitely has the size and the speed, good hands. It's just that he's been on a losing team as well. He is definitely a good, quality receiver."
Mike Sando covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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