Eagles select Boise State WR John Hightower at No. 168
With the 168th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles select Boise State wide receiver John Hightower.
Scouting Report via NFL.com
Tall, spindly deep threat with a good feel for speed variance to bolster effectiveness of separation speed. While Hightower can get down the field, he needs to be led to water and in the clear, as his ball tracking and 50/50 attack skills leave much to be desired. The lack of size and strength could be a continuing issue against press and with contested catches. His run-after-catch and kick-return ability are nice, but may not be enough to balance out the aforementioned concerns.
Scouting Report via TheDraftNetwork.com
Best Trait – Burst
Worst Trait – Hands
Best Film – Air Force (2019)
Worst Film – Washington (2019)
Red Flags – None
John Hightower projects as a low end wide receiver prospect at the pro level. Hightower has notable burst, explosiveness and sharpness through his cuts — but his issues at the catch point and finishing with his hands are problematic and loom as big barriers to consistently seeing the field in the NFL. He’ll drive you mad with the drops but in a vertical offense he should be able to create some separation. If he sorts out his hands, he’ll have the chance to work as a depth project.
The Eagles remaining picks in the 2020 NFL Draft:
6th round: 196, 200, 210
7th round: 233