The Buffalo Bills have done a good job this offseason surrounding Josh Allen with weapons as they added shifty slot receiver Cole Beasley, speedster John “Smokey” Brown, and tight end, Tyler Kroft. However, the Bills still could use a few more weapons on the offensive side of the ball. There is one type of player that the Bills are missing. They don’t have the big “above the rim” type receiver. There are some good options in the draft, but there is one player that would be the best fit for the Bills. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. So, here are four reasons why J.J. Arcega-Whiteside would be a good draft pick for the Bills.
1. He is Not Kelvin Benjamin
I understand if Bills fans are hesitant on adding a big body receiver after the Kelvin Benjamin experiment came to an end last season. Trust me I’m not the biggest fan of these big receivers myself, but Arcega-Whiteside is a much different receiver than Kelvin Benjamin. Unlike Benjamin, Arcega-Whiteside can actually run routes, keeps his weight under control, and plays to his strengths. So, for those who have PTSD about KB, I understand, but Arcega-Whiteside is not Kelvin Benjamin 2.0.
2. Unique Playing Style
The saying, “he boxes-out DBs” is very overused when talking about big receivers who resemble basketball forwards. Usually, they don’t literally “box-out” the DB and instead just out muscle/jump them. However, Arcega-Whiteside actually boxes-out the DBs covering him in the red zone. On fades instead of running to the back corner of the end zone and jumping over the DB, Arcega-Whiteside runs into the DB and turns his back, leaning into him like a true box-out, which like a rebound, puts him in an unguardable position to go up and get the ball. It’s a very unique style to play at receiver and one that is very uncommon and because of this, it has a real chance of translating at the next level.
Arcega-Whiteside also has tremendous body control. On go routes, instead of the ball being throw over the top, at Stanford, it would be thrown to his back shoulder. He’s a very different type of receiver as reflected in his playing style.
3. Route Running Ability
Althought this was touched on breifly earlier, but Arcega-Whiteside can legitimately run routes. Although his down-the-field separation is not ideal, it’s his ability to release from the line of scrimmage that’s impressive. Unlike D.K. Metcalf who just overpowers opposing corners at the line of scrimmage, Arcega-Whiteside is very technically sound with his feet and hands in order to create immediate separation.
4. Athletic for His Size
Arcega-Whiteside is not a burner, but he’s got enough speed to get down the field. At his pro day, he ran a 4.49, which at his size was better than anticipated as many thought he was going to run in the 4.60s. Along with his basketball background, Arcega-Whiteside is a relatively good athlete who is very coordinated as well. He is able to catch the ball very well with his hands, as he rarely “body catches” the football.
So, there you have it, four reasons why J.J. Arcega-Whiteside would be a good pick for the Bills. If he is available at the 40th pick, it would be a very good selection. We’ll find out the answer in just under a week.
J.J Arcega-Whiteside highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdnWqYrgCX8
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