Eagles Add More Speed in Draft with John Hightower
The Philadelphia Eagles added more speed at wide receiver with pick No. 169 of the fifth round.
John Hightower, a wide receiver out of Boise State, became the third wide receiver the Eagles added during the draft when they added him, after adding Jalen Reagor Friday and dealing for Marquise Goodwin on Saturday.
Earlier this week on The Sports Bash, Scott Wright of Draftcountdown.com said Hightower has a "Will Fuller vibe to him".
Hightower is looked at as a field stretcher, running a 4.43, 40-yard dash time at the combine, and has good size at 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds.
"The first thing that jumps off the tape at you is that he us smooth, very smooth and fluid route runner," said ESPN's Louis Riddick. "He is very good at the line of scrimmage. Works real hard to create separation. Has a 38-inch vertical, real good ball-tracking skills, smooth runner after-the-catch. He's a guy who adds a different profile for them, can run the jet-sweeps and end-a-rounds. Doug Pederson will have fun with him, this is an elite level athlete."
During his senior season, he had 48 catches for 923 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also very productive kick returner, averaging 25.4 yards per kick return and running one back for a 98-yard touchdown, which earned him All-Mountain West second-team honors as both a wide receiver and kick returner.
Hightower joins first round pick Jalen Reagor and sixth rounder Quez Watkins as the other wide receivers selected by the Eagles in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The three rookies will join a jam-packed wide receivers room that already features: Alshon Jeffery, Desean Jackson, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Marquise Goodwin.
"I just see that as people I could learn a lot from. It's a lot of great receivers," said Hightower. "I'm just going to go in there, do what I can, learn from them, and do the best that I can."
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