By: Steve Johnson
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
*combine measurements and drills added in Feb.
2016: 10 games. 24 rec, 379 yards, 5 TDs
2017: 11 games. 48 rec, 781 yards, 9 TDs
2018: 12 games. 63 rec, 1059 yards, 14 TDs
Accolades: 2015 Parade First-team All-American,
History: Three-star recruit from Inman, SC. Born in Spain, moved to South Carolina at age six, after living in multiple countries, including Spain, Portugal and Italy. Was a three sport star at Dorman High School. He was a two-time all-state selection and Mr. Football South Carolina finalist. In basketball he was a McDonalds All-American, 2014 All-State, and led his team to three straight regional finals. He was also All-State in track, coming in 4th in the 100m. Has a very athletic family, his mother and father both played professional basketball overseas, he had two uncles in the 1984 Olympics (basketball for Spain), and he had two cousins play at Clemson (football and volleyball).
Strengths: Long limbed, tall, and well built. Already has a NFL body. Excellerates very well off the line of scrimmage. Can eat up yards in a hurry with long strides. Has excellent concentration and body control. Ball skills are impressive. Understands how to box out his defender (has a basketball background and deep bloodlines). Has good vision with the ball in his hands. Team Captain.
Weaknesses: Short-area quickness leaves something to be desired. Despite ball skills and good concentration, doesn’t have the elite hands. Did not see him line up against press often (limited tape). Run after the catch ability is limited due to lateral quickness (despite good vision).
Overview: Arcega-Whiteside is probably the most well-rounded receiver in this class. While he doesn’t have the upside as some, his floor is high. He has NFL ready size (6’3 221), and has deceptive speed with his long strides. He’s got a little Larry Fitzgerald in him.
Draft Projection: Late First Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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