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.
Stanford WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside just toying with the TCU secondary; beating them with nuance & brute strength for 3 TDs - pic.twitter.com/P90akv6vi4— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) August 16, 2018
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