The Eagles were showing plenty of interest in wide receiver prospects leading up to this year’s draft. With that said, JJAW is an interesting fit. He’s not the burner type the Eagles were rumored to be interested in adding to their roster despite already having DeSean Jackson. JJAW is a big body at 6-2, 225 pounds. He’s a receiver more in the Alshon Jeffery mold.
It remains to be seen exactly how JJAW fits into the offense. Jeffery, Jackson, and Nelson Agholor are the current projected starters for 2019. There’s speculation that Agholor could be traded, though, especially now that the Eagles just selected a receiver in the second-round. Other receivers on the roster include 2017 draft picks Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson.
Here’s a scouting report via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Big, strong target who plays like he’s big and strong and gets more and more dangerous the closer he gets to the red zone. Arcega-Whiteside plays with functional quickness in spurts, but not enough to get away from tight coverage and he won’t run by many NFL cornerbacks on go routes. However, his basketball bloodlines are on full display every time the ball is in the air, using his body control and ball skills to excel at combat catches and back-shoulder throws. Arcega-Whiteside may not be explosive, but his competitive nature should help make him a future NFL starter.
NFL comparison: Eric Decker
Spider graph via Mockdraftable:
Remaining Eagles draft picks
1st - No. 22 - OT Andre Dillard
2nd - No. 53 - RB Miles Sanders
2nd - No. 57 - WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
4th - No. 138
5th - No. 163
Eagles top remaining needs
Interior offensive line
2019 NFL Draft schedule
- Day 2: Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick
- Day 3: Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick
- (Compensatory picks = 4 minutes)
Grade the Eagles’ selection of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside at No. 57 overall
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