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Nelson Agholor | Wide Receiver

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

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The Eagles had a "B+" draft and "hit a couple home runs," in the estimation of ESPN's Mel Kiper.
"Nelson Agholor to me just screams 'high floor,'" wrote Kiper. "He's a great route runner, plucks the ball out away from his body, has the proven toughness of a return man -- you should hear [Bill] Polian talk about that -- and is sneaky explosive." The analyst called getting Eric Rowe at No. 47 overall "a steal." Kiper really liked the value of Kansas CB JaCorey Shepherd in Round 6. May 3 - 6:56 PM

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Eagles selected USC WR Nelson Agholor with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Agholor (6'0/198) was a two-year starter for USC, securing 179 catches for 2,571 yards (14.4 YPR) and 20 TDs. He dropped just 4-of-117 targets in 2014. Agholor ran 4.42 in Indy, but isn't a true vertical stretcher. He's a Z-slot receiver in the Reggie Wayne mold with arguably the second best route-running in this draft, behind Amari Cooper. With exceptional quicks and burst, Agholor was devastating after the catch in college. Because Agholor can win with routes and offers punt return value, he should see the field early. Long term, Agholor projects as a potentially high-volume target capable of racking up 80-plus catches per year. He figures to play outside in the old Jeremy Maclin role with Jordan Matthews in the slot.
Apr 30 - 10:21 PM

USC WR Nelson Agholor is "kind of like Jeremy Maclin," one scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He can play both (outside and slot)," the scout said. "His best things are versatility and route running. You wish he was bigger, but besides that he's pretty solid." Another scout compared him to Marquise Lee because of the slender build and good-but-not-great speed. Agholor posted 178 catches for 2,572 yards and 20 scores in college. "(Randall) Cobb might be a little bit stronger, but it's the same quickness," a third scout said. "He makes people miss. Just skinny." A fourth said: "He's OK. Gets pushed around."
Apr 30 - 6:30 PM

USC WR Nelson Agholor "is tough and reliable," "can line up anywhere," and is ready-made for a pro-style offense after playing in one at USC, wrote ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

The analyst also likes that Agholor is a dynamic returner. "He is outstanding after the catch. I don't think he has any fear going across the middle," Gruden said. "I like him better than Marqise Lee coming out, better than Robert Woods coming out, because he can run double moves." Gruden went on to extol Agholor's competitive nature and inner drive. He could provide great value in Round 2.
Apr 29 - 4:01 PM

An analytics director says USC WR Nelson Agholor would be a great value if he slips to the second round.

Two months ago, it seemed assured that Agholor would be available on Day 2, but that no longer seems like anything close to a certainty. College Football Focus documented Agholor with a 76.3 percent catch rate, tops amongst receivers. Many of those catches came out of the slot, which ESPN reasons "could reduce his perceived value."
Apr 22 - 7:47 PM

USC WR Nelson Agholor "is a fierce competitor with excellent work habits in the weight and film rooms and takes his role as a team leader seriously," notes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Agholor's fascinating footwork will serve well on run-after-catch, but probably as a No. 2 receiver on a team that can also enjoy his entertaining style on returns," Cooney wrote. Agholor recently had a private workout with the Panthers (No. 25) and will soon work out for the Patriots (32). He's going to go at the end of Round 1 or near the beginning of Day 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 11:12 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that USC WR Nelson Agholor had a private workout with the Panthers, and plans to work out for the Patriots next.

The USC prospect's stock is on the rise as of late, and it looks like he could go in the first round. Both teams select in the back end of the first, with the Panthers at No.25, and the Patriots at No.32. The versatile playmaker should make an immediate impact on offense and on special teams right away.
Apr 16 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that USC WR Nelson Agholor "can play inside or outside, and is a smooth and sudden route runner."

"He has average size at 6-0, 198 pounds, but possesses good speed (4.42 40) and is a competitive player," McShay wrote. "He has above-average ball skills and can contribute in the NFL as a punt returner, having averaged 14.6 yards per return with four touchdowns during his USC career." The analyst ranks Agholor as the No. 35 overall prospect. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has a first-round grade on Agholor. Agholor, who caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards (12.6) and 12 scores in 2014, posted a 1.53 10-yard split at the combine.
Apr 14 - 9:45 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has eight first-round grades on receivers.

"I've got eight wide receivers with potential first-round grades. Of those eight, I think six will go in the first round," Mayock said. "Kevin White and Amari Cooper are both top 10 talents. I like White slightly higher because he's got a higher ceiling." Of particular surprise on the eight-man list is perhaps USC WR Nelson Agholor's inclusion on a list with mostly familiar names. "Nelson Agholor from USC is perhaps the fastest riser in the entire draft," Mayock said. "He's an impeccable route runner who can play inside or outside. He has tremendous value as a punt returner." Dorial Green-Beckham is the other inclusion not always mentioned by other analysts.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 1:07 AM

USC WR Nelson Agholor could be selected before UCF's Breshad Perriman and Arizona State's Jaelen Strong, according to Peter Schrager.

Agholor might be listed as a wide receiver, but he wins in different areas of the field and in different ways than Perriman and Strong. Agholor is at his best in the short and intermediate game, creating separation and using speed to pick up yards after the catch. A first round pick is absolutely possible. It is also worth pointing out there is a high degree of variance in teams' boards.
Apr 12 - 11:02 AM

NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks predicts the Eagles will select USC WR Nelson Agholor at No. 20.

With the obvious preface that you have to take all predictions and mock drafts with a grain of salt this time of year -- outside of Jameis Winston going No. 1, which is most definitely happening -- the Eagles very clearly are interested in Agholor. The prospect has visited team facilities, and HC Chip Kelly traveled to Tampa Bay in order to put Agholor through the paces privately. Agholor would help make up for Jeremy Maclin's lost production. Agholor has a similar build to Maclin and actually runs faster.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 4 - 8:21 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said USC WR Nelson Agholor is "one of the best route runners in this draft."

"I think he has more upside than (former USC WRs) Robert Woods or Marqise Lee," Mayock said. Initially lost in the shuffle in a deep WR class, Agholor has recently emerged as a darkhorse first rounder. "You can play him outside, you can play him inside," NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "I know he has a slight frame but he has burst and can also return punts and kicks. He has a lot of value and is a very, very bright guy who has impressed teams with his football knowledge. The top of the second round is where I have him, in the 30s, but I can easily see him sliding up into the first round." Agholor, who caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards (12.6) and 12 scores in 2014, posted a 4.44 forty with a 1.53 10-yard split at the combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 8:18 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah can "easily" see USC WR Nelson Agholor "sliding up into the first round."

"You can play him outside, you can play him inside," Jeremiah said. "I know he has a slight frame but he has burst and can also return punts and kicks. He has a lot of value and is a very, very bright guy who has impressed teams with his football knowledge. The top of the second round is where I have him, in the 30s, but I can easily see him sliding up into the first round." Agholor, an early entrant, has largely been lost in the shuffle in the middle of a deep receiver group. He's coming off a sensational season, however, and has been tremendous during the postseason circuit. It certainly seems like he won't get out of Round 2.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 2:12 AM

USC WR Nelson Agholor surprisingly ranked as the No. 2 receiver in the class according to Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score.

Terry Glenn and Ike Hilliard were cited as similar historical prospects. "Agholor hopes to break USC out of a wide receiver-producing slump that has included first-round busts such as Mike Williams and R. Jay Soward," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. "More recent draft picks Robert Woods and Marqise Lee have had their moments but haven't yet broken out. Agholor was a reasonably productive receiver at USC, with 1,313 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns." Scout's Inc. ranks Agholor as the No. 37 overall prospect.
Mar 29 - 7:23 PM

USC WR Nelson Agholor will work out for the Eagles after already taking an in-house visit.

The interest seems to be real. Six of the seven players the Eagles selected last year visited the team's headquarters and the seventh played under Chip Kelly at Oregon. Agholor shines on underneath routes and creating yards after the catch. It seems obvious the Eagles will add at least one receiver in this draft.
Mar 19 - 10:50 AM