While the Green Bay Packers may not have a WR icon like Jerry Rice or Marvin Harrison, they do have a cavalry of elite wideouts. All players from 1-10 were All-Pro caliber at some point in their career -- most NFL teams have never had more than 3 or 4.

Thus, this Betway Insider top 10 of the greatest Packers of all time is sure to be one of the most contested. And as usual, all stats are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com and are updated through the end of the 2023 regular season.

Who are the Green Bay Packers starting Wide Receivers for the 2023 NFL season?

The Packers' 2023 starting wide receivers include Romeo Doubs, Christian Watson, Jayden Reed, and Dontavion Wicks. Bo Melton and Malik Heath also contributed toward the end of the season.

Fun fact: no current Packers WR is over 25.

Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers History

If you want some Packers wide receiver history, you don’t have to look back very far: Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, and Randall Cobb all dominated the 2010s.

Famous Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers

Other famous wide receivers for the Packers include arguably the NFL’s first great WR: Don Hutson.

Ranking the Top 10 Greatest Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers of all time

  1. Randall Cobb, 2011-2018, 2021-2022

Perhaps best known today as a good friend to Aaron Rodgers (which landed him a roster spot with the Jets in 2023), former Packers WR Randall Cobb was once the #1 wideout on an elite Green Bay team. While he was typically more consistent than elite, Cobb exploded for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns in a Pro Bowl 2014 campaign.

Cobb’s 10 total seasons netted him the 11th most receiving yards in franchise history. He will be best remembered for his numerous clutch catches from QB Aaron Rodgers.

  1. Boyd Dowler, 1959-1969

Former Packers WR Boyd Dowler was arguably the team’s #1 wideout during Green Bay’s title dominance of the 1960s. The 5x NFL Champion started his Packers career by winning the NFL Rookie of the Year award in 1957, before embarking on a decade of consistency (much like Randall Cobb in the 2010s).

Dowler topped 500+ receiving yards nine times for Green Bay, enough to earn him a spot on the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade team. While much of the offensive plaudits went to RB Jim Taylor and QB Bart Starr, Dowler shouldn’t be forgotten – he also has the seventh-most receiving yards in franchise history.

  1. Antonio Freeman, 1995-2003

Former Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman might be best known for making arguably the best catch in NFL history: in a Monday Night Football overtime contest against the rival Minnesota Vikings, Freeman somehow came down with a jump ball after about half a dozen ricochets to win the game. You have to see it to believe it.

Freeman was also a dominant force in a QB Brett Favre-led offense. He topped 1,000+ yards three times in Green Bay, highlighted by a 1,424-yard and 14 touchdown First-team All-Pro campaign in 1998. The former Super Bowl champion has the eighth-most receiving yards and sixth-most receiving touchdowns in franchise history.

  1. Greg Jennings, 2006-2012

Here’s another great past Packers wide receiver of the Aaron Rodgers era: Greg Jennings. In a competitive depth chart featuring the likes of Donald Driver, James Jones, and a young Jordy Nelson, Jennings was the team’s clear-cut WR1 from 2008-2011.

In that stretch, Jennings averaged 1,156 yards and 8.5 touchdowns a season, earning two Pro Bowl nods in the process. He had 303 yards in the team’s surprising 2010 Super Bowl run and ranks ninth in franchise history for receiving yards.

  1. Jordy Nelson, 2008-2017

Former Packers WR Jordy Nelson missed a full season smack-dab in the middle of his prime as if nothing happened. Coming off a Pro Bowl age-29 season in 2014 where he went for 1,519 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, Nelson tore his ACL in the 2015 preseason.

Nelson returned in 2016 with a bang: 1,257 yards, a league-best 14 receiving touchdowns, and the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. This complements the rest of his Green Bay career, as he slots in at sixth on the franchise’s all-time receiving yards list and third for receiving touchdowns.

  1. Davante Adams, 2014-2021

Current Las Vegas Raiders WR Davante Adams somehow slots in at fifth in our list for the best Packers wide receivers of all time: this is in no way an indictment of Adams -- he would rank in the top 2 or 3 of almost every other team’s list.

Adams might have been the best WR in the NFL from 2018-2021: he averaged 1,327.5 yards and 11.8 touchdowns a season in just 14.3 contests a year. He was a 5x Pro Bowler and 2x First-team All-Pro in Green Bay who ranks fourth in franchise history for receiving yards and second for receiving touchdowns.

Had he not been traded to the Raiders ahead of the 2022 season, Adams would likely rank higher on this list.

  1. Sterling Sharpe, 1988-1994

Former Packers WR Sterling Sharpe was forced to retire from the NFL following the 1994 season due to debilitating neck injuries, aged just 29 years old. He played just seven seasons in the NFL, all in Green Bay, and recorded some remarkable feats:

  • 3x NFL receptions leader, 2x NFL receiving touchdowns leader
  • 5x 1,000+ receiving yard seasons, 2x 1,400+ receiving yard seasons
  • 5x Pro Bowler, 3x First-team All-Pro
  • Third most receiving yards, fourth-most receiving touchdowns in Packers history,

An important supplemental fact: Sharpe is the older brother of Pro Football Hall of Fame TE Shannon Sharpe.

  1. James Lofton, 1978-1986

Former Green Bay wide receiver James Lofton experienced a lean Packers spell of nine seasons, reaching the playoffs just once with the franchise. The Pro Football Hall of Famer did have some playoff success (but no Super Bowl rings) with the Buffalo Bills in the second half of his career in the early 1990s, but most remember him as a standout Packer.

Lofton was a 7x Pro Bowler in Green Bay, helping him crack the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade team. He topped 1,000+ yards five times and ranks second on the franchise’s all-time receiving yards list with 9,656.

  1. Donald Driver, 1999-2012

Who has the most receiving yards in Green Bay Packers history? The answer may surprise you: Donald Driver. He spent his entire 14-year career in Green Bay, though he didn’t even have 400+ yards in a season until he was 27 but exploded for 1,064 yards and a Pro Bowl spot in 2002.

Driver, originally a seventh-round pick, topped 1,000+ receiving yards every season from 2004-2009. Thus, his career tally of 10,137 shouldn’t be as surprising -- Driver is one of just 26 men with 10,000+ receiving yards with one team. He’s also one of the few men not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on that list….

  1. Don Hutson, 1935-1945

Why is former Green Bay WR Don Hutson the best Packers wide receiver of all time? Here’s his impressive CV:

  • 3x NFL Champion
  • 2x NFL MVP
  • 8x First-team All-Pro
  • 7x NFL receiving yards leader, 9x NFL receiving touchdowns leader
  • 1930s NFL All-Decade team, Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Most receiving touchdowns in Packers history

If Packers fans are screaming for a more modern legend to be in the top spot, consider this: Hutson led the league in receiving yards in nine of his 11 seasons. He often played 10, 11, or 12 games a season and STILL holds the franchise’s all-time receiving touchdowns record.

Parameters of Rankings

Rankings are made based on a combination of 1) individual accomplishments, 2) team success, 3) franchise legacy, and 4) personal accolades.


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