Seahawks love guys with basketball in their blood
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford. He didn’t play basketball at Stanford, but basketball has been a big part of his life. We’ll get to that soon enough. Arcega-Whiteside didn’t work out at the NFL Scouting Combine but did post some decent numbers at his Pro Day workout. He ran the 40 in 4.48 seconds and had a vertical leap of 34 inches. Compared to Campbell’s numbers, they’re not particularly great. Then again, Campbell isn’t 6’2″ and 228 pounds, either.
He led the Cardinal in receiving in 2017 with 48 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns. He improved on those totals last season, hauling down 63 catches for 1,059 yards and 14 scores. His yards per catch and touchdowns improved every year at Stanford. He’s very effective in the red zone as he screens defenders with his body and times his jump with precision. That might not be too surprising, considering he was all-state in high school basketball, and his parents both played roundball professionally in Spain. See? Basketball.
So why isn’t he a first-round pick? He hasn’t shown the quick burst needed to separate from pressing corners, nor does he have the afterburners of a player like Campbell. His blocking technique could use some work as well. Still, there’s a lot more can-do than can’t to his game. His rankings reflect this.
Sports Illustrated 89 Draft Tek 41 Draft Network 44 CBS Sports 60 Sporting News 38 Avg: 54.4