Pick your poison. Who's a defense going to stop when an offense features a trio of wide receivers all capable of creating mismatches, getting open and producing chunk plays?
Today's NFL base offense is a three-receiver set. According to Sharp Football's Warren Sharp, offenses used three wide receivers 60 percent of the time last season.
The Cincinnati Bengals took this approach to team-building during April's NFL draft. Despite already having two quality wide receivers in Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, they invested this year's fifth overall pick in the position's top prospect, Ja'Marr Chase, instead of fortifying a shaky offensive line.
The Bengals now feature one of the game's best trios, and though they could very well be held back by their front five, production was not the only factor considered.
To determine the game's best threesomes, a combination of each wide receiver's skill set, projected statistics and potential upside was weighed.
Sure, the Green Bay Packers have Davante Adams, but no other wide receiver on that roster scares opposing defenses. We're looking for teams with three receivers who can take over, though a couple of the teams listed have two top-tier receivers and a third who is underappreciated.
5. Tennessee Titans: Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, Josh Reynolds
Any group that adds Julio Jones will automatically be better. The Tennessee Titans built an impressive wide receiver corps after losing Corey Davis, who finished second on the team last season with 984 receiving yards, in free agency to the New York Jets.
General manager Jon Robinson saw an opportunity to strike and flipped a 2022 second-round and '23 fourth-round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons for Jones and a '23 sixth-round selection.
Jones is the standard-bearer for the wide receiver position. He may be slowed to a degree due to multiple injuries throughout his career, but he remains one of the most intimidating offensive weapons in the sport.
The two-time NFL receiving yardage leader paired with A.J. Brown is a downright frightening proposition for opponents.
"That's another alpha on the other side of me," Brown said, per ESPN's Turron Davenport. "I have to make plays, and I know he is going to make plays. We are going to go tit-for-tat. I know I don't want to let him down, and I am pretty sure he doesn't want to let me down. We are going to feed off each other. He is going to be in the Hall of Fame, so there's a Hall of Fame receiver on the other side. So, I know I have to pick my game up."
Who makes this dynamic duo into a tantalizing trio? Josh Reynolds does.
Granted, Reynolds continues to deal with an undisclosed injury after falling awkwardly in practice last week. But when healthy, head coach Mike Vrabel sees him as a versatile piece.
"I think he can play inside. I think he can play outside," Vrabel told reporters in April. "He's really continued to build confidence going into his fifth year."
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd
Potential can be alluring. The Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver trio has the highest potential in the NFL. But the group still has a ways to go before it can be crowned.
Even placing it fourth overall might be a stretch. However, projections are favorable as long as the Bengals offense coalesces this fall.
At 26, Tyler Boyd is the receiver group's veteran leader after A.J. Green's departure in free agency. He brings a proven track record, though, with nearly 3,000 receiving yards over the last three seasons. He primarily works from the slot but provides position flexibility depending on the looks Cincinnati wants to provide.
Tee Higgins, whom the team selected at the top of last year's second round, has emerged quickly. At 6'4" and 215 pounds, Higgins is a big target outside the numbers. He led the Bengals last season with 908 receiving yards. The 22-year-old should only continue to grow in his second year as he becomes more comfortable with the professional game, his preparation and overall utilization.
Rookie Ja'Marr Chase is the potential star. He's also untested after sitting out the 2020 college football season. From a talent perspective, Chase has everything a team could want in an elite wide receiver. It's not just the top-10 physical tools, either.
"He's got a really high football IQ," head coach Zac Taylor told reporters. "Some rookies you're concerned with overloading them, just give them a little package and ease them into it. Ja'Marr hasn't been that way at all. He's all over Troy Walters, making sure he's always getting extra, and they've had a great relationship started."
The potential of Chase, Higgins and Boyd is obvious. But a very real possibility exists they're held back by a shaky offensive line and Burrow's adjustment to life after a major knee injury.