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- Position: Wide Receiver (WR)
- Class: Junior
- College: USC
- Ht/Wt: 6'0", 198 pounds
Nelson Agholor is the latest impressive receiver prospect to come out of USC. What stands out most to me when watching him is his short-area quickness and his physicality. Agholor is a very fluid mover, accelerating up to his top speed in a hurry both while running his routes and after the catch. His top speed is above-average for a receiver, but the acceleration is even better, and it helps him get open or gain more yards. Agholor's not a physical receiver in the "I'll knock you to the ground" sense, but he's physical because he can go into traffic or have a cornerback draped over his body and still come down with the ball. He controls his body well and plucks the ball out of the air on his catches.
Agholor's route-running is average, but not precise right now. He's a bit improvisational, rounding his routes and throwing in fakes to get to the spots he ends in. He also needs to be more physical at the line of scrimmage, using his hands and core to move past a jam. As a run blocker, he gives a good effort, but his lack of good size stands out, and he doesn't generate much of a gap for his teammates to run through.
I think Agholor carries similar value to USC receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. They were all good college receivers with definite flaws in their game; Woods lacked the great top-end speed, Lee's catching was suspect, and Agholor needs to beat the press. Agholor has a second-round grade on my board. Buffalo has reportedly brought him in for a visit, but I'm not sure I see the fit; he's another smaller, faster receiver in the Sammy Watkins or Percy Harvin mold, not a large catch radius guy. Unless he fell to Round 3, I don't think he's a target for the Bills, personally.