What a difference a day makes. Eagles fans are back on cloud nine after Philly adds a speed receiver via trade and another, John Hightower, during the NFL Draft.
Well, you were told that this was a deep NFL Draft class of receivers, and that theory seems to be holding steady. Philadelphia Eagles fans everywhere are being talked off of the ledge as the “Birds” add another speedster, John Hightower, as the 168th-overall selection of 2020’s selection meeting.
Thie news came a few moments after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the “Birds” had also swapped sixth-round picks with the San Francisco 49ers in a trade that also brings Marquise Goodwin into the nest. Let’s not waste a ton of time here. Here are two immediate reactions following the news.
1. It isn’t often that guys this fast are taken this late.
One day, we’ll all be old, and we might be telling our grandchildren that this was the greatest draft class that we’ve ever seen in our lifetime. How often is it that teams find wide receiver prospects that run the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds during the fifth round of the draft? It doesn’t happen very often.
Just in case you’re keeping score, Hightower’s 4.43 40 time is identical to what Justin Jefferson posted in his 40. Not bad, huh?
2. Here are some numbers that Eagles fans will like.
Hightower stands at six-foot-one. He could fill out his frame slightly for the pro game as he’s a lean 289 pounds, but no one will be upset about the numbers. In 2019, he hauled in 51 receptions for 943 yards with eight trips to the end zone, giving him 82 snags, 1,447 receiving yards, and 14 touchdown receptions for his 23 game-career in the Mountain West Conference.
he’s a big play waiting to happen, and the Philadelphia Eagles are lucky to land him so late.