J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Stanford
WR
WO01

Prospect Info

College
Stanford
Hometown
Class
Inman, SC
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
225 lbs
33 1/4”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.73
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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Jose Joaquin Arcega-Whiteside was born in Spain to two professional basketball players. He starred at Dorman High School in South Carolina, making the 2015 Parade High School All-American squad and winning the state's Gatorade Player of the Year award (108-1,824-16.9, 20 TD receiving as a senior). Not surprisingly given his athletic genes, he was also all-state in basketball and finished in fourth place in the 100 meters at the 2014 state track meet. Arcega-Whiteside redshirted in 2015, then played in 12 games as a reserve the following fall but led the team with five receiving touchdowns (24-379-15.8). He garnered honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice as a sophomore, pacing the Cardinal in all three major receiving categories (48-781-16.3, nine TD). He had a strong bowl game against TCU in the Alamo Bowl, scoring three times on five catches totaling 61 yards. Arcega-Whiteside was a team captain in 2018 and garnered second-team All-Pac-12 honors by starting 12 games and catching 63 passes for 1,059 yards (16.8 average) and 14 touchdowns, which ranked in the top five nationally.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Big, strong target who plays like he's big and strong and gets more and more dangerous the closer he gets to the red zone. Arcega-Whiteside plays with functional quickness in spurts, but not enough to get away from tight coverage and he won't run by many NFL cornerbacks on go routes. However, his basketball bloodlines are on full display every time the ball is in the air, using his body control and ball skills to excel at combat catches and back-shoulder throws. Arcega-Whiteside may not be explosive, but his competitive nature should help make him a future NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Imposing combination of height, weight and play strength
  • Steady climbs in production each season
  • Plays strong inside the route
  • Hits accelerator when he gets defender leaning in the route
  • Savage in the red zone with his post skills on display
  • Puts cornerbacks on his hip and keeps them there
  • Balances on defender with burly frame and waits to make ball adjustment
  • Above-average ball-tracking and timing to go get it
  • Catches with sudden, strong hands
  • Carves out space and finishes combat catches
  • Able to drop low and dig out grass burners
  • Able to bull through tacklers for additional yards after catch
  • Highly confident field demeanor.
Weaknesses
  • Struggles to free himself from physical press corners
  • Will need to work on release and counters for next level
  • Excessive stutter-stepping pre-release
  • May need alignment or pre-snap movement to free him vs
  • certain matchups
  • Plays with some hip tightness
  • Takes additional time to sink, settle and open on comebacks
  • Missing acceleration to run by clingy corners
  • Average burst to separate at the top
  • Unlikely deep-ball threat as a pro
  • Room for improvement with hand placement as blocker
Sources Tell Us

"He's going to be a Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) pick and I think he's an outside receiver. He's going to run faster than people think and he's smart enough to learn all the tricks to get open as a pro. I hear people underestimate him all the time. We have some in our own building." -- National scout for NFC team

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league