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Analyzing the Eagles’ selections of Miles Sanders and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

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BGN Radio #48!

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After three rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have added three new names to the roster and we have the takes!

Here’s how things have shaken out so far:

1-22: Andre Dillard - Offensive Tackle, Washington State

2-53: Miles Sanders - Running Back, Penn State

2-57: JJ Arcega-Whiteside - Wide Receiver, Stanford

We’ve talked about the Dillard pick on BGN Radio #47, so take a listen to that to hear a full breakdown of his game. The Sanders selection had a ton of smoke brewing around it leading up to the pick, so there wasn’t much of a surprise there. He gives the Eagles a new pair of wheels for Duce Staley to mold after rushing for 1,274 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.

The surprise pick was Arcega-Whiteside, but spoiler alert, I love me some JJAW. He hauled in 14 touchdowns last year and should help the Eagles regain their red zone dominance that waned last year.

Here’s what our own Benjamin Solak had to say about him in his evaluation for The Draft Network:

“A high-floor player with a clearly-defined role at the next level, JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s physicality, ball tracking ability, and knack for catching through contact will make him an instant red zone threat in the next level. For schemes that trust their quarterback/wide receiver connections on back-shoulder fades, Arcega-Whiteside’s value only increases, as his best traits translate downfield as well.

But with strong releases at the line of scrimmage and lightning-quick hands in the short areas, Arcega-Whiteside also offers the ability to move the sticks regularly by separating from press and presenting a big and immediate target. He won’t often house his short targets with breakaway speed or elusive traits, nor will he win on multi-break isolation routes, but he is an immediate starter in a valuable scoring role for an NFL offense.” - Benjamin Solak

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