Eagles Take WR Nelson Agholor With 20th Pick in Round One

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The Eagles and Chip Kelly got themselves a new weapon for their offense, as they took USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor with the 20th pick of the first round.

Here’s a scouting report on Agholor.

Over the past few years the USC offense has been led by a productive receiver and Agholor is the latest in the line of Trojan wideouts. Robert Woods and Marqise Lee were previous stars for USC, and Agholor took over as the feature receiver in 2014 after backing them up.

In 2012, Agholor had 18 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman backup. A year later Woods was in the NFL and Agholor took over as the secondary receiver to Lee. With Lee drawing lots of attention in 2013, Agholor broke out with with 56 receptions for 918 yards and six scores. As a junior Agholor took over as the No.1 receiver with Lee in the NFL and Agholor had a fine season. He had 104 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. That included some huge, clutch catches to help USC beat Stanford. Agholor also destroyed California.

For the NFL, Agholor is a well balanced receiver. He is a very good route-runner and has experience running a variety of routes in the West Coast offense. Agholor is dangerous for yards after the catch. He is very quick to catch a slant and rip through the defense for a nice gain. Agholor uses his good route-running and speed to get separation from cornerbacks. He is sudden in and out of his breaks with some quickness.

Agholor is a well-balanced receiver but he isn’t overly fast or overly physical. Thus for the NFL he looks more like a very good No.2 receiver rather than a true No.1. Agholor also needs to work on his hands as he can be prone to some drops. In the 2015 NFL Draft, Agholor could be a late first-round pick or second-round pick.

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