With the 168th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select ... Boise State wide receiver John Hightower!
Hightower is the third wide receiver the Eagles have added this offseason. The team selected Jalen Reagor in the first round at No. 21 in addition to trading for Marquise Goodwin.
Like Reagor and Goodwin, Hightower is fast. It’s refreshing to see the Eagles finally put an emphasis on speed after neglecting it in previous seasons. It’s also good to see the Eagles throwing a lot different options at the receiver position with the hopes that something will stick.
On the downside, Hightower is on the older side for a prospect. He turns 24 in May.
Scouting report via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Tall, spindly deep threat with a good feel for speed variance to bolster effectiveness of separation speed. While Hightower can get down the field, he needs to be led to water and in the clear, as his ball tracking and 50/50 attack skills leave much to be desired. The lack of size and strength could be a continuing issue against press and with contested catches. His run-after-catch and kick-return ability are nice, but may not be enough to balance out the aforementioned concerns.
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Remaining Eagles draft picks
1st - No. 21 - Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
2nd - No. 53 - Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
3rd - No. 103 - Davion Taylor, LB, Colorado
4th - No. 127 - K’Von Wallace, S, Clemson
4th - No. 145 - Jack Driscoll, OL, Auburn
5th - No. 168 - John Hightower, WR, Boise State
5th - No. 173 -
6th - No. 210 -
7th - No. 223
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