STRENGTHS: The first thing that stood out to me about J.J. Arcega-Whiteside was his hands…the tape shows that he extends his arms and is a pure catcher—more so than anyone in the 2019 NFL Draft class…he gains ground on defensive backs quicker than you would anticipate…great size and frame…boxes out would be defenders with ease…physical and punishing at the line of scrimmage…very tough to bring down in the open field due to his massive frame and stiff arm…a good blocker down the field, can contribute in the running game…
WEAKNESSES: JJ. Arcega-Whiteside struggles with short area quickness…needs to be quicker in and out of his breaks…he gives defensive backs an opportunity to react to his routes and jump them…he can be a bit ‘too handsy’ with defenders—which leads to our concerns about his ability to separate…does he rely TOO MUCH on physicality..?
COMP: Devante Parker
OVERALL: I am very intrigued to see how where J.J. Arcega-Whiteside ultimately winds up…JJAW is such a fascinating prospect…he silenced many of the critics during his Pro Day when he showed unreal athleticism for a prospect of his stature…a high-risk, high-reward type of pick, Arcega-Whiteside really needs to find the right fit at the next level…I’m a bigger fan of JJAW than most, I value him as an early 2nd rounder, but I believe the league values him as a borderline 2nd-3rd rounder, and that’s where he will ultimately be drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft.