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April 25, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles select Boise State WR John Hightower with the 168th pick of 2020 NFL Draft

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The Eagles drafted Boise State Broncos wide receiver John Hightower in the fifth round.

After drafting speed demon Jalen Reagor in Round 1, and then trading for one of the fastest players in the NFL in Marquise Goodwin, the Philadelphia Eagles have added even more speed, selecting Boise State WR John Hightower with the 168th pick of the NFL Draft. 

Hightower was a JUCO transfer with only two years of experience at the D1 level. His numbers:

John Hightower Rec Yards YPC TD 
 201831 504 16.3 
 201951 943 18.5 


As you can see, Hightower has a good yards per catch average. However, he's 6'1, 189, with a slender frame, so there will be concerns about his ability to beat press coverage at the next level. He ran a 4.43 at the Combine.

Here's a highlight reel, where you can see his speed:

Hightower makes sense as a late round developmental speed guy with some added value as a kick returner.


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