Christian Kirk is the Next …? Historical Comparables for the Cardinals WR
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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:
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.
- 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. Moore, Calvin Ridley, and Courtland Sutton were tied for first at 15 percent)
- Sixth in raw fantasy points