Widdop is yet to prove that he's better than Cronk and DCE. Hopefully he will this year.
I think Widdop has already done that by his placing in the Dally M's.
Regardless of what anyone's thoughts are on these you can't ignore that Widdop came 4th behind Thurston, Hayne and Burgess, the three players widely regarded as the best in the world right now.
Him and DCE are on the same level for me.