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Nelson Agholor | Wide Receiver

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

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ESPN's Todd McShay rated USC junior WR Nelson Agholor as the No. 3 receiving prospect.
"Agholor is a smooth and explosive athlete who is very good at separating from coverage, and has the potential to get even better as a route runner," McShay wrote. "He has the speed to take the top off of a defense, and while he lacks elite elusiveness, he has the acceleration and field vision that make him a home run threat after the catch and in the return game." McShay places Agholor one spot ahead of Oklahoma transfer Dorial Green-Beckham, which is a rather controversial take. Some analysts see DGB as a top-10 overall pick next spring, while TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Agholor as an undrafted free agent. The latter assessment was admittedly low -- CBS Sports' Rob Rang compared Agoholor to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods earlier this summer, and ESPN's Mel Kiper graded him as the No. 3 underclassmen wide receiver. The 6-foot, 185-pound Agholor led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns. Aug 21 - 6:38 PM

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"Many" disagree with Tony Pauline's undrafted free agent grade on USC junior WR Nelson Agholor.

Of the hundreds of preseason draft grades Pauline has disseminated, this is probably the most controversial. "Many disagree with my grade on receiver Nelson Agholor, with some sending me hate mail and guaranteeing Agholor is a lock 2nd round pick," Pauline wrote. "I’m sure my free agent ranking was a bit low but breaking down Agholor I see a solid college receiver who lacks the size and speed to be anything other than a fifth wide out at the next level. His inability to win out for contested passes is also an issue." The 6-foot, 185-pounder led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns, and added 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 10 kickoff returns for 175 yards (17.5 avg). CBS Sports' Rob Rang compared Agoholor to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods earlier this summer, and ESPN's Mel Kiper graded him as the No. 3 underclassmen wide receiver.
Jul 27 - 6:14 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor was graded as an undrafted free agent by Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider.

Pauline is out in the wilderness on this one, but he's not afraid to go against the crowd. Earlier this offseason, CBS Sports' Rob Rang compared Agoholor to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, and ESPN's Mel Kiper graded him as the No. 3 underclassmen wide receiver. The 6-foot, 185-pounder led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns, and added 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 10 kickoff returns for 175 yards (17.5 avg). Agholor is a great open field runner because of his vision. We think he must add muscle to his spindly frame to ascend as a pro prospect.
Jul 8 - 8:38 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor compares to former teammates Marqise Lee and Robert Woods in sporting a "lean, athletic frame, good lateral agility to elude and sudden acceleration," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Agholor led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns, and added 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 10 kickoff returns for 175 yards (17.5 avg). "Agholor shows good quickness and balance as a route-runner and is asked to run a variety of routes in USC's pro-style scheme," wrote Rang. "He generally catches the ball cleanly with his hands (some bobbles, however) and secures it quickly. He possesses very good vision to set up blocks, as well as the courage and quickness to cut-back against the grain to take advantage of over-pursuing defenders."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 1:30 PM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor ranks as Mel Kiper's No. 3 underclassmen wide receiver.

Agholor led the Trojans in receiving last year with 56 catches for 918 yards (16.4 avg) and 6 TDs. He also had 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 10 kickoff returns for 175 yards (17.5 avg). "Lean, fluid, explosive," Kiper wrote. "Agholor isn't a quick-twitch, change-of-direction runner with the ball in his hands, but he's extremely fast after the initial burst. He doesn't appear to have huge hands to eat up the pass away from his body, but he still catches it at a distance from his chest and has good form." Agholor would be well served by packing on muscle onto his wiry frame.
Jun 14 - 11:28 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes that USC sophomore WR Nelson Agholor "provides big play ability" on offense and on special teams.

"Most importantly Agholor provides big play ability. Speed to take the top off and acceleration/vision to create after catch and as a returner," Weidl tweeted. Last season for the Trojans, Agholor had 56 catches for 918 yards (16.4 avg) with 6 TDs, and had 18 punt returns for 343 yards (19.1 avg) with 2 TDs and 10 kickoff returns for 175 yards (17.5 avg). The Trojans' wideout had a 19.1 average on punt returns which happened to be a USC season record, and ranked second nationally in punt returns and first in the Pac-12.
Jun 5 - 4:14 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks thinks USC sophomore WR Nelson Agholor has a chance to be one of the best wideouts out of USC "since Keyshawn Johnson."

"Agholor has a chance to be one of the best to come out of USC since Keyshawn Johnson. He is a natural route runner with outstanding ball skills and hands. Additionally, Agholor is a sneaky runner with a knack for turning short passes into big gains due to his underrated kick-return skills," wrote Brooks. With Agholor's style of play, he has the ability to be explosive from anywhere on the field. His skill set paired with his precision route running, make him a a good fit for a West Coast system in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 3:18 PM

USC sophomore WR Nelson Agholor must add strength to improve his draft stock, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper ranked Agholor, who led all Trojans, including Marqise Lee, in receiving last year with 918 receiving yards and six touchdowns, as the No. 24 prospect in the 2015 draft. "Agholor is a very good player, a glider with good top-end speed and the ability to create separation," he wrote. "He'll see a lot of attention in 2014, and the question for me is whether he can add some strength. He's smooth, but he'll need to hold up physically, too."
May 22 - 8:21 PM

USC assistant coach Tee Martin believes sophomore WR Nelson Agholor benefited from being teammates with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.

Woods was a second-rounder in 2013, while Lee will be a first-round pick in May. All three, including Agholor, were recruited to Los Angeles by Lane Kiffin. "Nelson is the consummate pro when you are talking about preparation, studying the game, the leader in the room," said Martin. Agholor will begin to draw attention from pro scouts next season. He led USC with 918 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2013.
Feb 3 - 9:20 PM

USC sophomore WR Nelson Agholor hauled in four catches for 35 yards and also returned two punts for touchdowns in Saturday's win against California.

The Trojans led 41-14 at halftime due to an NCAA-record-tying three punt returns for touchdowns. Agholor scored on returns of 75 and 93 yards. Junior safety Josh Shaw scored on a 14-yard block punt return. Agholor's pair of TD returns tied the school record held by Heisman Trophy winner and former athletic director Mike Garrett.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 07:53:00 PM

USC sophomore WR Nelson Agholor hauled in seven catches for 161 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 38-31 victory over Arizona.

Without Marqise Lee around to hog any targets, Agholor kicked off the scoring by snagging a 62-yard Cody Kessler touchdown pass. Much was expected of Agholor this season, but this was the first time he's cracked 65 receiving yards in 2013. Hopefully tonight will mark a breakthrough in Agholor's career, but don't count on it. He caught six balls for 162 yards against Oregon last season and only reached 50 yards one other time.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 02:11:00 AM

USC sophomore WR Nelson Agholor continued his excellent offseason, hauling in nine catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns during the school's mock game on Wednesday.

Junior Marqise Lee went down with a right shoulder injury after diving for a pass, which is the same shoulder that was hurt a few days ago. The injury was labeled a bone bruise at the time. Agholor has stepped up since Robert Woods departed for the NFL, and seems to be a top target for both quarterbacks in competition for the starting job.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 10:33:00 AM

USC sophomore Nelson Agholor is projected to start at WR opposite Marqise Lee.

Agholor played in all 13 games in 2012, even starting three contests, and recorded 19 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns. "Playing alongside (Lee) is a wonderful opportunity," Agholor said. "But just having him there doesn't guarantee that I'm going to make plays. It's up to me to make it happen."
Source: ESPN
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 09:55:00 AM

Coach Lane Kiffin likes Nelson Agholor, who will enroll this fall, as both a tailback and receiver.

Kiffin thinks enough of Agholor’s skill and mindset that the soon-to-be-freshman can learn what it takes to make it work at both positions. The coach also likens his maturity level to that of receiver Robert Woods. With Tre Madden felled by a knee injury that will cost him the 2012 season, Agholor is the guy that could fill the duel-role Madden was slated for.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 12:19:00 PM

Nelson Agholor, one of the state of Florida's top recruits, signed with USC.

Agholor, listed as a top-50 player on many boards, was a running back (1,983 yards last season) at Berkley Prep in Tampa. He will be a receiver at USC, where he follows in the footsteps of Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer when it comes to wideouts from the Sunshine State who chose to go cross country to SoCal.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 02:38:00 PM