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Christian Kirk is the Next …? Historical Comparables for the Cardinals WR

Cardinals rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk is next up as we take a look at the most comparable players for the 11 best rookie WRs from the 2018 class. The Cardinals snagged Kirk in the second round – 47th overall – of the 2018 NFL Draft. At the time, we described it as an ideal landing spot, given the ample opportunity available in the desert. Indeed, he was utilized out of the gate, racking up 90 yards on eight targets against the vaunted Bears defense in just his third career game. The bottom line wasn’t as good as it could have been, given that he missed his final four games with a broken foot, but on a per-game basis, Kirk impressed with 5.7 targets, 3.6 receptions, and 49 yards. Among rookies, he finished:
  • Fourth in receptions and targets per game
  • Fourth in yards per game
  • Fifth in effeiciency (reFPOE)
  • Second in target market share at 14 percent (D.J. MooreCalvin Ridley, and Courtland Sutton were tied for first at 15 percent)
  • Sixth in raw fantasy points
PLAYER reRECS.Q1 reTRGS.Q1 reYDS.Q1 reTDS.Q1 reEP.Q1 reFPOE.Q1 PPR.Q1
Calvin Ridley 64 92 821 10 150.5 55.6 208.8
D.J. Moore 55 82 788 2 135.1 10.7 160.2
Courtland Sutton 42 84 704 4 136.1 0.3 136.3
Antonio Callaway 43 81 586 5 136.2 -4.6 132.3
Christian Kirk 43 68 590 3 102.7 17.3 123.5
Anthony Miller 33 54 423 7 93.2 24.1 120.3
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 38 72 581 2 113.2 -5.1 111
Dante Pettis 27 45 467 5 75.2 28.5 103.5
Tre’Quan Smith 28 44 427 5 74.2 26.5 100.7
Robert Foster 26 44 522 3 71.5 24.7 96.2
Prorated over a full season, Kirk would have finished with 787 receiving yards, which would have been third best in the class, one yard behind Moore.

The Comparables

Using inputs of target volume, production, efficiency, age, weight, and draft position, I used the RotoViz Screener to come up with the most similar rookie seasons to Kirk’s since 2000.

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By Cort Smith | @@rotocort | Archive