J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

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…top end speed may be lacking…

COMP: Devante Parker

OVERALL: I am very intrigued to see how J.J. Arcega-Whiteside performs at the Scouting Combine and how he runs the 40, etc. The biggest question is whether or not he can separate from the defensive backs at the NFL level. If his workout indicates that he may struggle in that regard, he will be ‘tweener’ heading into the draft. For the time being, we are giving him the benefit of the doubt, and love his production and hands, enough so, to consider J.J. Arcega-Whiteside a 2nd-3rd round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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