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Nelson Agholor | Wide Receiver

Team: USC Trojans
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185

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USC junior WR Nelson Agholor will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.
He caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns this season for USC in his first year as the Trojan's go-to receiver. Agholor has shared the receiver position with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, two second-round picks. Expect Agholor to be a third- or fourth-round pick. Jan 4 - 10:59 AM
Source: ESPN

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USC junior WR Nelson Agholor caught seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-42 Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska.

He also slapped away Tommy Armstrong Jr.'s Hail Mary pass as time expired, sealing the wild Trojan victory. Agholor had a quietly dominant campaign in 2014, collecting 104 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 scores. He's also one of the nation's most dangerous returners. Will he return to school? NFL.com's Charles Davis thinks he should: "Agholor has the size and is playing at a high level. He's a great technician and hard worker, too. I still think there's room for him to help himself at the college level going up against Pac-12 competition, though. He faces good talent every day in practice at USC and could really vault himself up the board with another year of seasoning."
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:40:00 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes "another year with Trojans wide receivers coach Tee Martin could do wonders" for USC junior WR Nelson Agholor.

"Agholor has the size and is playing at a high level," Davis wrote. "He's a great technician and hard worker, too. I still think there's room for him to help himself at the college level going up against Pac-12 competition, though. He faces good talent every day in practice at USC and could really vault himself up the board with another year of seasoning." While this isn't the best receiving draft class, Davis is probably right in his assessment. Agholor, a skilled prospect who has slapped down 97 catches for 1,223 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, could make a case for Round 1 if he returns to school. If he declared, Day 2 is the best-case scenario.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 01:27:00 AM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor caught 12 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Notre Dame.

Agholor is on quite a tear right now -- especially if you toss out last week's no-show against UCLA -- having posted 100 receiving yards or more in five of his last six games. It's easy to forget his name when discussing draft-eligible receivers, but Agholor is a skilled prospect who has slapped down 97 catches for 1,223 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. He's also a good return man. An NFL scout told the LA Times last month that Agholor would make for a perfect No. 3 NFL receiver.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 06:03:00 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor was held to three catches for 24 yards in Saturday's 38-20 loss to UCLA.

An altogether forgettable day for the junior, who officially tallied -5 yards across four punt returns. Agholor would probably like to play out a pyromaniac's fantasy on this game film, but the tape is already in scouts' cans. An NFL scout told the LA Times last week that Agholor would make for a perfect No. 3 NFL receiver.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 08:23:00 PM

The LA Times spoke with one NFL scout who believes USC junior Nelson Agholor is a perfect No. 3 WR.

The scout adds " slot receiver, and return specialist" to Agholor's projection. The evaluator highlighted slot targets who can win over the middle, find windows in zone, separate versus man, and the run after the catch. "He's got some of that to him," the scout concluded. Unless a number of USC eligibles return for one final season, expect Agholor to declare for this spring's draft.
Source: LA Times
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 09:38:00 AM

Scouts want to see USC junior WR Nelson Agholor "be more controlled and reliable with his routes," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Agholor was limited to only four catches and 35 yards against the Bruins last season so he'll be looking for revenge this year and scouts want to see him be more controlled and reliable with his routes, field awareness and process finishing catches," Brugler writes. The USC prospect had the most productive game of his career versus Cal, hauling in 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 03:17:00 PM

If USC junior WR Nelson Agholor decided to leave school early, he would be a second round pick, observes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Although not viewed as a first round prospect, Agholor, who is only a junior, will have a tough decision to make after the season, possibly following in the footsteps of former USC wideouts Robert Woods and Marqise Lee by leaving school early to be a second round pick," Brugler writes. The USC prospect put on a show versus Cal, hauling in 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday. Agholor "tends to be a little wild in his movements at times, but he runs hard and picks up speed as he goes, showing surprising toughness as a finisher to get every yard he can," according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 03:32:00 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks observed that USC junior WR Nelson Agholor showed off superior "route-running, ball skills and run-after-catch ability" in posting 216 yards against Cal.

Brooks called Agholor's performances earlier in the year a "mixed bag," but has been all-in on the receiver as of late. That'll happen when a prospect puts up back-to-back 200-yard receiving games. According to Brooks, Agholor's game is still "ascending." This bodes well for the receiver's prospects, as "scouts plac[e] a heavy emphasis on the way a prospect finishes the season." Agholor is also a skilled returner, which will help his stock with teams that might not necessarily view him as a No.1 receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:38:00 PM

Entering the season, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline had an initial low grade on USC junior WR Nelson Agholor, but notes that he has proven him wrong.

"Entering the season I gave Agholor a very low grade and have been proven wrong. The dynamic receiver has impressed scouts all season long and he turned in a career performance against Cal last week with 16 receptions for 216-yards and 2-scores," Pauline writes. Agholor has now had back-to-back 200+ yard games and also has four straight with 100 or more yards. Pauline notes that Agholor is a "terrific timing receiver who creates after the catch and has a nose for the end zone,"and Agholor "is expected to enter the draft and fits into the initial 80 picks."
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 03:29:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang observed that USC junior WR Nelson Agholor "changes direction fluidly," which allows him to gain yards after he catches the ball.

That same acceleration and ability to change directions also suits Agholor well as a punt returner. He has the vision and patience to set up blocks when returning the ball. Rang was most impressed by a play that got called back on a hold. "Agholor took a quick screen from [quarterback Cody] Kessler, made a Cal defender miss and exploded down the left sideline...weav[ing] his way through traffic for a 78-yard touchdown [that got called back]." Agholor had 216 yards receiving in the contest, marking back-to-back 200+ yard games. He has four straight with 100 or more yards. He hasn't officially declared for the draft, but it was reported by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline that according to his sources, "odds are high" that the junior declares.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 06:56:00 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor caught 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 38-30 win over Cal.

Agholor was used in a variety of alignments and positions, displaying the ability to create separation out of breaks or cross the face of his opponent and gain a leverage advantage. Like other USC receivers recently, Agholor will not wow you athletically but refinement is there.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 09:04:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that "several sources" informed him that "the odds are high" that USC junior WR Nelson Agholor enters the draft.

"Since last week’s report several sources inform me the odds are high USC receiver Nelson Agholor enters the draft. In fact several believe Agholor and teammate Leonard Williams will sign as a package deal to the same agent," Pauline wrote. Last week the the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Agholor caught eight balls for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns in USC's 44-17 win over Washington State on Saturday. The USC prospect has recorded 100-plus yards receiving in three straight games.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 02:04:00 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl noted that USC junior WR Nelson Agholor had "top-end speed."

Agholor has 66 receptions for 863 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The ESPN analysts wrote that if he comes out, the junior is "squarely in Day 2 range." They praised his ability to create after the catch, his smooth route-running and his ability to separate both underneath and vertically. In addition, they wrote that the junior "brings added value as a returner on special teams." Agholor has three career return touchdowns. The reason that Agholor might slip to Day 2 is size. "Agholor is listed at 6-1 and 190 pounds, and must continue to develop strength to hold up in traffic. He also has inconsistent ball skills."
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 06:24:00 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor caught eight balls for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 44-17 victory against Washington State on Saturday.

That's not all. Before he had even one of those catches, Agholor received a Wazzu punt early in the first quarter and raced untouched to a 65-yard touchdown. That was Agholor's fourth kick return for a TD this year, breaking USC's single-season record. He is on fire right now, recording 100-plus yard receiving games in three straight contests. If he stays hot, don't be surprised if Agholor decides to bolt early for the pros.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:56:00 PM