The AFC North contains some of the best wide receiver talent across the league, and is relatively deep at the position depending on the team. With that in mind, let's try to rank each team's wide receiving corp based on their depth and overall talent, shall we?
This one is a bit obvious. The Steelers have arguably the NFL's best wide receiver in Antonio Brown, and a very good number two option in Markus Wheaton. Those two guys are good enough to keep Pittsburgh as the top dog in the division, even with the suspension of Martavis Bryant for the upcoming season. Also, keep an eye on speedster Sammie Coates who will be entering his second season with the team. He has all the makings of a guy who Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger could really help break out.
This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, but it really could be argued that the Ravens are deeper than anyone in the division at the position. Steve Smith Sr. is still coming off of injury, but last time I checked, he is still the man. If Mike Wallace can recapture some old form, and Kamar Aiken can replicate some of what he did in 2015, quarterback Joe Flacco should have two very solid number options. Beyond all of that, Chris Moore enters the fold as a potentially promising rookie, and you can (possibly) group Breshad Perriman in with him as a potential three or four. With the intriguing Keenan Reynolds and Michael Campanaro set to battle it out for what will likely be the final spot, the Ravens are unusually deep at wide receiver heading into 2016.
Just by virtue of having A.J. Green, a case could be made for the Bengals to be higher on this list than they are. But it stands to reason that some may question their depth heading into the season. Behind Green, there is Brandon LaFell, who had a tough season in New England last year, and promising second round rookie Tyler Boyd. But beyond those guys, there isn't too much to get excited about. After Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu left for Detroit and Atlanta respectively, the team is much more thin than a year prior at wide receiver.
Again, the Browns round out the bottom of this list series offensively. Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline were the veterans of the group, but will be leaving town after disappointing seasons. It seems that newly appointed head coach Hue Jackson is banking on a youth movement here, as the Browns used four of their 14 draft picks on wide receivers. Corey Coleman produced video game numbers at Baylor, and should be fun to watch in the coming season. Beyond him, Ricardo Louis, Jordan Payton, and Rashard Higgins round out a group that includes Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel. Like I said, this is a squad that is built more on potential than anything else, and we'll see if they have any in the 2016 season.
Side note: The Browns brought in Chad Ochocinco to help coach some of these guys up in training camp. What I wouldn't give to have some cameras fully fixated on Berea Ohio throughout the month of August.