Philadelphia Eagles draft: Revisiting those last ten wide receivers taken

Jalen Reagor #18, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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2017: Philadelphia Eagles draft Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson.

In the 2017 draft, the Eagles would select Mack Hollins in the fourth round out of North Carolina and Shelton Gibson in Round 5. Hollins’s best year with the team was his rookie season, but he only caught 16 passes for 226 receiving yards and a single touchdown.

Gibson never made an impact. Three catches for 59 yards was the result of two seasons in Philadelphia. He hasn’t seen the end zone since he played for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

2019: Mr. Stanford comes to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Most of you know the story well. In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the second round out of Stanford. Arcega-Whiteside’s best season so far with the team was been his rookie campaign. Sadly, that only produced ten receptions, 169 yards, and one touchdown.

A lot of people have already placed him in the bust category, but here’s the thing. Arcega-Whiteside’s targets were down in 2020. He contracted the COVID-19 virus, and issues from both the unstable offensive line and inconsistent quarterback play made it hard for he and his fellow wide receivers to get going. JJAW still needs more time to develop more and build chemistry with his quarterback. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s given that opportunity.