The Eagles drafted Stanford wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside with the No. 57 overall pick, giving them two new additions to their skill positions on Friday after taking running back Miles Sanders four picks earlier.
Arcega-Whiteside, 22, is a physical wide receiver who caught 63 passes for 1,059 yards and 14 touchdowns last season at Stanford. He excels in jump ball situations and making contested catches. Arcega-Whiteside did not work out at the combine, but he had a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He was a basketball standout and track athlete in South Carolina and is the child of two professional basketball players.
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The Eagles’ top three wide receivers are Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor. The spots are less clear behind them, with Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson entering their third season and a few other roster hopefuls in the mix, too. Arcega-Whiteside fits as an understudy for Jeffery who gives the Eagles another big-bodied presence.