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NFL's Top 5 Free Agent Pass-Catchers

NFL.com compiled a list of the 101-best free agents expected to hit the market on March 10. Below are the top five wide receivers and tight ends, according to their list.

Photos of NFL.com's 101 best free agents expected to hit the market on March 10. (Note: this list includes players that were franchise tagged on Monday, March 2)

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> BUCS FREE AGENT WR/TE REVIEW5. Michael Crabtree, 49ers – WR (No. 29 overall)
Considering 2014 was one of only two seasons where Crabtree was on the field for all 16 games, his numbers were somewhat of a disappointment. The six-year veteran averaged a career-low 10.3 yards per catch and found the end zone just four times. NFL.com suggests his lack of production could have been the result of an injury.

4. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles – WR (No. 17 overall)
His first season back from an ACL tear, Maclin had the best season of his career in 2014. He caught a career-high 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season and averaged a career-best 15.5 yards per catch. "He might not be as productive away from Chip Kelly's system," NFL.com wrote in their analysis of the top 101 free agents. "We suspect Kelly won't let him get away."

3. Torrey Smith, Ravens – WR (No. 14 overall)

Smith has proven to be reliable and consistent in his four-year career with the Ravens. He has started 48 games in a row, spanning the course of three years, and has caught 49 or more passes in each of his NFL seasons. In 2014, Smith was targeted 92 times, the fewest in his career, but still ended the season with a career-high 11 touchdown catches.

2. Randall Cobb, Packers – WR (No. 8 overall)
Cobb was a Pro Bowl selection in 2014 after catching 127 passes for 1,287 yards and 11 touchdowns, all career-bests. He also averaged 11.9 yards per attempt as the Packers' punt returner. "With Wes Welker in decline, Percy Harvin an annual enigma and Victor Cruz injured, Cobb is the NFL's undisputed slot king entering the 2015 offseason," NFL.com wrote.

1. Julius Thomas, Broncos – TE (No. 7 overall)
Thomas is expected to be the most coveted pass-catcher in this year's free agent class. Despite injuries that have prevented him from ever playing a full season, he was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his past two seasons. Thomas had just one reception in 2011 and 2012, but hauled in a combined 108 passes and 24 touchdowns in 2013 and 2014.

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