I’ve been looking for a simple featured post widget in wordpress which understands developers need for layouting purposes. Unfortunately, I could’nt find the one that suits my needs so I decided to create my own. My Simple Featured Post Widget focuses on layouting. You can easily apply css to the layout and do what you want. You can see the screenshots I attached below for you to be able to see the differences between my plugin and to the other existing once.
You can have different layouts, depending on what you want. You just have to play with the css and the SFPW setttings.