Four picks after their first second-round selection (Miles Sanders), the Eagles took another offensive skill player: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, wide receiver out of Stanford.
It was a bit of a surprise pick, but someone people are pretty excited about. He’s a big wideout at 6’2, 225 pounds, and is a physical player who should be a nice addition to receiver room.
The media reactions were pretty positive about the No. 57 pick for the Eagles; he’s a big guy with a big upside.
Eagles now add another weapon, former Stanford WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside, which could help to put WR Nelson Agholor’s future in Philadelphia in question. Philadelphia had been opening to listening to offers on him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2019
JJ Arcega-Whiteside! Surprise pick, 38th overall on my board, WR4! https://t.co/ij7greABU7— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) April 27, 2019
The Eagles use their second selection in Round 2 on wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside out of Stanford. Standing at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, he has Alshon Jeffery-like box-out ability and reach. He averaged 17 ypc last season with 14 TDs.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) April 27, 2019
I'm crying in the club gang pic.twitter.com/BTbkWTicjq— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) April 27, 2019
#NFL OC on #Eagles next 3rd-rounder Arcega-Whiteside:— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 27, 2019
Big frame, very competitive, wins out on a share of his battles vs. better DBs though not fast, very physical and will help in redzone. 6-2, 225.
More on him on the next @InsideBirds
with @GeoffMosherNFL and I.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside is a tough, physical WR. The Eagles have speed in DeSean and Mack Hollins. This gives Carson Wentz another big target to throw to.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) April 27, 2019
JJ Arcega-Whiteside is the tallest 6’2 person on the planet— Adam Stites (@AdamStites_) April 27, 2019
The Eagles had Red Zone issues last year. Drafting a guy like Arcega-Whiteside is a way to help that in a big way. He is outstanding on contested catches.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) April 27, 2019
The #Eagles selected Stanford WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside with the 57th overall pick. He has great hands.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) April 27, 2019
CORNERS LOOKING AT THE EAGLES' RECEIVING THREATS IN THE RED ZONE pic.twitter.com/nSQiUA2akp— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) April 27, 2019
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Bigger guy. Reminds me a little of Alshon.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) April 27, 2019
It's noteworthy that Alshon Jeffery becomes expensive beginning this year, and he's a guy they have not restructured, like many of their other long-term veteran mainstays.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) April 27, 2019
What I wrote in my notes about JJ Arcega-Whiteside when I watched him:— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) April 27, 2019
Best RZ receiver in draft. Defenses couldn’t cover him, drew a ton of PIs. Uses big body to shield defenders. Brings toughness/physicality. Assuming he would be an excellent ST player. Like him a lot.
Eagles can line up a monster bunch of receivers in the red zone:— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) April 27, 2019
- 6’3 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
- 6’3 Alshon Jeffery
- 6’4 Dallas Goedert
- 6’5 Zach Ertz
Arcega-Whiteside, 22, is a physical wide receiver who caught 63 passes for 1,059 yards and 14 TDs last season. He excels in jump ball situations and making contested catches. Arcega-Whiteside did not work out at the combine, but he had a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 27, 2019
JJ Arcega-Whiteside is legit FYI. Great route runner. Underrated athlete. Star prep basketball player. He's baby Alshon.— Kyle (@IgglesNest) April 27, 2019
Arcega-Whiteside was a super highly touted basketball player and comes from a family of high level athletes. Being competitive in another sport & having athletic bloodlines is a good indicator of success. https://t.co/Z2Z2qL8pFi— Kyle (@IgglesNest) April 27, 2019
People don't seem appropriately thrilled with JJ Arcega-Whiteside. He's genuinely great.— Kyle (@IgglesNest) April 27, 2019
So in this defensive-line-heavy draft, the Eagles will go into Day 3 without having taken a d-lineman. Or any kind of defensive player. Not hating on the guys they've picked, but that is not what anyone expected.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) April 27, 2019
It's all about Carson Wentz.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) April 27, 2019
Whatever you think of him as a prospect, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is something of an odd fit for this Eagles team. Eagles seemed to focus more on speed WRs who could play inside throughout draft process. That's not Arcega-Whiteside. Possible Chiefs scooped them on Mecole Hardman.— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) April 27, 2019
JJ Arcega Whiteside only needed 63 catches in 2018 to score 14 touchdowns. He averaged 16.8 yards per catch.— Ben Natan (@TheBenNatan) April 27, 2019
6'2", 225 pounds and ran 4.45 at his pro day.
Ranked him as a first round player. https://t.co/wcgwzQNrZx