Kevin White vs. the Rooks: Who you got?
Remember Kevin White? It seems like ages ago when the Bears selected him with the 7th overall pick in the 2015 draft. White’s measurable are off the charts, coming in at 6’3″, 215 lbs, while running a 4.35 second 40-yard dash. The expectations in Chicago were that he’d be instantly paired with Alshon Jeffrey to create a dynamic pass catching duo for Jay Cutler. Unfortunately, those expectations were squashed early in training camp when White suffered a stress fracture in his shin, causing him to miss the entire season. White is largely still a mystery, having never played an NFL down. The question is, how does White’s value stack up against the current year’s class of wide receivers?
In order to gain a general consensus of White’s value versus this year’s rookies class, I ran four separate polls on twitter last week. If you have a twitter account, I highly recommend that you follow @dynastytrades and @FFdynastytrades right now. These accounts retweet just about any poll with the hashtag #dynastytrades. With over 8,000 combined followers, this established community is a great free resource for any dynasty owner when considering a trade or player value.
Kevin White vs. Corey Coleman
Corey Coleman lit up the Big 12 last season for an astonishing 20 touchdowns while winning the Biletnikoff award as the nation’s best wide receiver. The Browns used the 15th overall pick to make Coleman the first wide receiver off the board in the 2016 draft. With that, he instantly became the best receiver in the city of Cleveland not named Lebron James. Unfortunately for Coleman, he will be catching passes from either RGIII or Josh McCown. While I expect Coleman to see over 100 targets this year, the quality of those targets are in doubt.
Coleman has less than ideal size, standing at only 5’11”. Many NFL analysts have compared his game to Antonio Brown, but I think that may be a bit of a reach. While Coleman will be the leader in Cleveland, his ceiling is not nearly as high as Kevin White’s. Twitter agrees, 63%-37%.
Kevin White vs. Josh Doctson
Josh Doctson turned in a magnificent Senior season at TCU with over 1,300 yards and 14 TDs. He parlayed that into a first round selection by the Washington Redskins with the 22nd overall pick. Doctson injected a shot of youth into an aging receiving corps which currently consists of Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, both of whom are set to be free agents at the end of the year. With second year wide receiver, Jamison Crowder, locked in as the team’s slot receiver, I expect he and Doctson to begin the takeover of the team’s majority receiving share by the year’s end.
Doctson has great size and an outstanding catch radius, often drawing comparisons to Odell Beckham Jr. While White is only one inch taller, Doctson is extremely lean, coming in at a mere 202 pounds. White won this comparison on paper and the twitter dynasty community agrees in a decisive fashion, 72%-28%.
Kevin White vs. Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard was the 9th pick of the 2nd round by the New York Giants. The explosive wide receiver out of Oklahoma is expected to immediately take over as the starting receiver opposite Odell Beckham Jr in place of the oft injured, Victor Cruz. Cruz is finally healthy, but considering he has not played a full season since 2012, the odds are ever in Shepard’s favor. My colleague, Jay Stoltenburg, has recently predicted that Shepard will be this year’s offensive rookie of the year. While Zeke Elliott is still the favorite in that regard, I would not be shocked at all to see Shepard win this year’s honor if he can catch the eye of Eli Manning in the Giant’s offense.
Kevin White is a very different player than Shepard from a physical standpoint. White is 6’3″, while Shepard stands at 5’10. The comparison on twitter went about as uneven, with White winning in a landslide. Shepard may be the 2016 Offensive ROY, but White is still the preferred dynasty commodity by a wide margin, 78%-22%.
Kevin White vs. Laquon Treadwell
Laquon Treadwell is widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the class of 2016. He has great size, at 6’3″ and 221 lbs, and has been a dominant force at Ole Miss while playing against some of the best competition in the country. He had a great career, but his biggest break out came in the Sugar bowl against Oklahoma State, in which he caught catching 3 touchdown passes. The biggest knock on Treadwell is that he doesn’t have great straight line speed, clocking in at a pedestrian 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash. A slide down the NFL Draft board landed Treadwell in Minnesota. The Vikings lack a playmaking wide receiver, so I think he will have a ton of opportunity to shine from the get go.
Treadwell stacks up very well with White from a physical standpoint, especially compared to the others in this year’s class. Before writing this article, I was offered a trade in which I had the choice between White and Treadwell. I chose White and the twitter pollsters seem to agree, 62%-38%.
So there you have it. Kevin White remains the preferred dynasty asset according to twitter despite sitting out the entire 2015 season. Do you agree?