Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.
All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside (6’3”, 225) Wide Receiver, Stanford
15 Aggregate Score (3 Star Prospect)
In case this is your first time reading about the 2019 rookie class, the strength of this class, for fantasy football purposes, is wide receiver. Not only does this class have headliner studs such as N’keal Harry, but there is quite a bit of depth at the position with guys such as JJ Arcega-Whiteside. After having a great senior season at Stanford, Arcega-Whiteside looks ready to take the next step to the NFL.
Arcega-Whiteside was a 3-star college prospect out of Roebuck, South Carolina; He set school records at Dorman High School with 207 receptions, 3,779 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns. Along with being named to the all-state team twice for football, Arcega-Whiteside was named to the all-state team his senior year for basketball and track and field. Arcega-Whiteside received offers from quite a few D-1 programs, including Michigan State, University of Central Florida and Virginia. He ultimately decided to attend Stanford University.
One of the most promising things about Arcega-Whiteside is that in each season at Stanford, he saw a large increase in his production. After not seeing the field his freshman year, Arcega-Whiteside had 24 receptions for 379 yards and 5 touchdowns his sophomore season. During his junior season, he nearly doubled those stats with 48 receptions for 781 yards and 9 touchdowns. Finally, during his senior year, Arcega-Whiteside had his best season at Stanford with 63 receptions for 1059 yards and 14 touchdowns. His season was highlighted by a 6 reception, 226 yards and 3 touchdown performance against San Diego State. Arcega-Whiteside was named to the All-Pac-12 second team and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist.
Arcega-Whiteside’s 14 touchdowns had him tied for third in all of FBS, only behind John Ursua (16) and David Sills V (15). Producing in the Red Zone is one of Arcega-Whiteside’s biggest strengths and this is where he is going to have to produce to be a reliable fantasy threat.
Speed & Acceleration: Aggregate Score: 2 (Personal Score: 2)
Arcega-Whiteside didn’t show a ton in terms of speed and acceleration. He will probably end up running in the 4.5-4.6 range. One of the things I was constantly seeing during his film was him failing to create separation, especially when up against better competition. Arcega-Whiteside does a good job of finding other ways to beat defenders. Don’t plan on Arcega-Whiteside being a burner at the NFL level and he will definitely have his limitations after the catch.
Route Running: Aggregate Score: 2.6 (Personal Score: 2)
This was a difficult area to assess Arcega-Whiteside on. While at Stanford, he had a very limited route tree, mostly running fly routes and crossing routes, which seems to be a consistent theme with Stanford pass catchers.
Arcega-Whiteside did show some promising qualities in the limited routes he did run. He showed good footwork, an ability to cleanly breakdown and does a good job of finding open space on crossing routes. These qualities are what lead to one of our writers to rate Arcega-Whiteside’s route running a 4 out of 5. I recognize these qualities but would have liked to see him use these qualities in a variety of routes. It’s just too much of a question mark right now on how Arcega-Whiteside will perform on more complex routes.
Blocking: Aggregate Score: 3.6 (Personal Score: 4)
Although blocking won’t earn a player any fantasy points, it is a great way for a young wide receiver to get on the field. No matter what his landing spot is, Arcega-Whiteside will find himself on the field right away because of his ability to block. Arcega-Whiteside does a good job using his large frame to engage with defenders and turning them around to create a hole.
His size and technique will help his blocking translate to the NFL. If the play wasn’t going his direction, there were times where he didn’t give his best effort.
Handwork & Positioning: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)
This is where Arcega-Whiteside excels. Arcega-Whiteside displayed a very quick release and good hand work when he did see press coverage. He rarely saw press coverage, so that may be an adjustment he has to make at the NFL level. The most impressive part of his game is his body positioning and ability to go up and get the ball. He does a great job of coming down with jump balls and always seems to be in position to make the catch.
This skill set is displayed incredibly well in the Red Zone. He does a great job of getting in front of and boxing out defenders in the end zone. He has the ability to produce double-digit touchdowns right away in the NFL. Also, because he usually has great body positioning, Arcega-Whiteside does draw quite a few pass interferences.
Athleticism: Aggregate Score: 2.3 (Personal Score: 2)
Arcega-Whiteside does have decent athleticism for a wide receiver his size. He has really good body control. Doesn’t display a ton of strength and is very limited after the catch. Even on his crossing routes, Arcega-Whiteside was consistently taken down within 5 yards of catching the ball. This may be affected by the scheme Stanford runs, but I just wish I would have been able to see him do more after the catch. Didn’t really showcase any juke moves or breakaway speed to make defenders miss.
Conclusion: 2nd Round Target
The thing about this rookie class is that the landing spot for these players will have a huge impact. If Arcega-Whiteside ends up in a high-powered offense that is going to score a lot, I can see an argument for him going in the late 1st round of rookie drafts. But solely based on talent and skill set, I’d be comfortable taking Arcega-Whiteside anywhere in the second round of rookie drafts. He should be a consistent Red Zone threat and definitely has the ability to go get 50/50 balls in the NFL. The real question marks to watch for will be his ability to create separation in the NFL, his adjustment to an expanded route tree and if he will be able to do more after the catch.