Clements: Numbers don't lie for Harrison

San Francisco Pro Bowl cornerback Nate Clements takes time to rank his top 10 NFL wide receivers in the game today, writes Mike Sando.

Originally Published: March 25, 2008
By Mike Sando |

Harrison/Moss/JohnsonGetty Images/US Presswire/Getty ImagesFrom left, Indianapolis' Marvin Harrison (123 TD receptions), New England's Randy Moss (124 TD catches) and Cincinnati's Chad Johnson (six 1,000-yard seasons) consistently put up big numbers.
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.

Nate Clements


San Francisco 49ers


2007 Season Stats
Tot Solo Ast FF Sack Int
92 77 15 3 1 4

1. Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts

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."

2. Randy Moss, New England Patriots

Clements: "He's been real consistent throughout his career."

3. Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals

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."

4. Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers

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."

Breaking them down
Nate Clements breaks down today's receivers across four categories.

Best hands: Torry Holt, Marvin Harrison and Hines Ward.

Fastest: Randy Moss, Roy Williams and Andre Johnson.

Best blockers: Hines Ward and Anquan Boldin.

Best route runners: Harrison, Holt.

Quote to note: "I've seen Marvin [Harrison] run a route I had never seen in my life. He ran a post, corner and post. Antoine Winfield stayed disciplined and stayed inside and ended up getting an interception on it." -- Clements

-- Mike Sando

5. Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys

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."

6. Chris Chambers, San Diego Chargers

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."

7. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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."

8. Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams

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."

9. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

Clements: "He's explosive. He is a game-breaker."

10. Roy Williams, Detroit Lions

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."

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