JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford, SR - 6.15
- King sized outside receiver. Dwarfs every corner that lines up across from him.
- Very long arms. Has a massive potential catch radius
- Tremendous potential as a blocker on the edge because of his size and length. Shows willingness here and doesn't take this part of the game for granted. But needs technique work and needs to improve his play strength to master the craft.
- Excellent leaper. Excellent at timing his jumps
- Good body control. Fluid lateral mover. Can make circus grabs in traffic.
- Makes a couple of spectacular contested catches every game.
- Touchdown machine. Probably the best red zone threat in this year's class. Specializes in winning jump balls. Knows exactly how to use his size to wall off backs from the passing lane.
- Does a good job hanging on to the ball in traffic. Dbs almost never win the ball.
- Mostly utilized as a deep threat and red zone guy at Stanford but shows the potential to play a bigger possession receiver role in the NFL.
- Good long strider who can cover a lot of open field once he gets going. Dangerous vertical receiver who needs very little separation to make big plays.
- Plays with toughness and focus.
- Not overly quick. Burst off the line is mediocre. Big, rangy player who doesn't have a lot of twitch and needs some time and space to gear up. Not slow or clunky, still has good basketball feet. But not fast.
- Needs to learn how to use his hands and all of that length to beat the press. Tries to run around it with a big initial inside or outside step and just wastes time and space.
- Shows some hesitation against the press in the red zone getting too cute with stutter stepping and head faking instead of just getting into his stem and letting his size and strength win the day. Too often wants to go around you instead of going through you.
- Route running is very raw. Only ran a few routes for Stanford and almost all of them were vertical. Anything with a short stem tipped run pretty much. Few crossers I saw were rounded. Needs to master this to unlock the short and intermediate game for himself. To unlock his potential as a possession receiver who can pile up catches.
- Long speed is good but not elite. NFL corners will be able to carry him deep without too many problems. Not going to be a screen threat and not going to be much of a YAC threat, but he's not as bad at catching and running as you'd expect. There is a little spice there.
Bottom line, this is a basketball athlete playing football. He's been, by far, the best red zone threat I've seen in this class so far. Comes from a basketball lineage and I sense that it was his background and that he may have come to football later than most because of how raw he is at the technical side of the game. He's going to need a lot of time and work to improve his technique for releasing against a press and his route running and his technique as a blocker. But his raw talent is pretty great. He puts the fear in you as a defensive coordinator because he's such a match up issue. Even when you've got a really good defense with outstanding DBs like Julian Love he still scares you. Only takes one down where your guy isn't absolutely perfect and Arcega-Whiteside makes you pay with a huge chunk play or a TD. He's a real wild card for an offense. A low floor-high ceiling guy.
I see him as a likely second round pick who might be able to get into the later 1/3rd of the first round if he has good workouts.