Where do the Seahawks’ receivers rank in the NFC West?

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

The Seahawks lost Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson this offseason. In their stead Seattle signed Brandon Marshall. Where does Seattle now rank among receivers in the NFC West?

Goodbye, Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson. Graham was with the Seahawks for all of three years but never lived up to expectations. And he probably couldn’t have. Richardson was oft-injured in his first three years in Seattle but was pretty good in his fourth. He was good enough to get a big contract with the Washington Redskins.

Hello, Brandon Marshall. Marshall hasn’t been truly relevant in three seasons. In 2015, Marshall had 1,502 yards receiving. Since then? Less than 1,000. He also is 34 years old. How much does he have to offer?

And how well does what the Seahawks receivers have to offer matchup against their rivals in the NFC West?

The top of the division is the Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have the best receiving corps in the division by a wide margin. The starters are Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Kupp was really good in his rookie season. Cooks and Woods offer outside speed.

Jared Goff may not be the best quarterback in the division, but he is surrounded by the best receiving unit and that makes him better.

Coming in second is your Seattle Seahawks

Seattle may have lost more than they got back this offseason, but they still have Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. Marshall may actually fill a void in the red zone left by Graham.

But the biggest reasons for optimism are Nick Vannett and Jaron Brown. Vannett could make the most of his opportunity to catch lots of passes as the starting tight end. Brown could show size and speed that he didn’t in Arizona.

Third best receiving group in the NFC West goes to the San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco has a group of receivers that individually are not that exciting. Pierre Garcon has had a long NFL career and been productive, but he isn’t a top receiver. Marquise Goodwin is decent too.

But the thing that makes this unit better than Arizona is simply the amount of guys who can catch the ball. And the 49ers are in better shape at quarterback than the Cardinals are right now.

Pulling up the rear in the NFC West are the Arizona Cardinals

Arizona has a future Hall of Fame receiver in Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald has had three straight years of 107 catches or more. And he’s 34 years old. That’s being a physical freak.

But after Fitzgerald the Cardinals do not have a whole lot. Chad Williams may be the other starter opposite Fitzgerald and Williams has a career total of three receptions.

Next: Where do the Seahawks rank in the NFC West at running back?

The Seahawks may not want to throw the ball as much in 2018 as they have the last few years. But still having a questionable offensive line and youth at running back, Seattle might choose to rely on Baldwin and Lockett to win games. At least Seattle matches up well against the division rivals at receiver.